Taking photos of textures is tricky. It’s easy to find smooth and rough…and even scratchy. But it’s much more challenging to compose an interesting photo that also highlights the texture intended. For the last several months I have been working to push out of my comfort zone and NOT photograph the most obvious thing associated with any given prompt. This week was no different.
Here is a collage of my first 6 days (in random order thanks to the app collageit) of scratchy.
Monday’s photo was a scratchy old fence that I see on my way to work. I’ve been eyeing this ramshackle construction for a while, waiting for the perfect time to capture its dilapidated beauty. Tuesday I was in the school garden and couldn’t resist the scratchy pumpkin stems. Wednesday was probably technically cheating since I used scratching rather than scratchy to describe a student hard at work with writing…and scratching out ideas! Thursday I was back to my mushrooms…and using my macro lens to capture the scratchy texture on the underside. Friday I played with shooting a tree through a screen to create the scratchy texture. Saturday I used this snail–whose slow pace allowed me to capture it as it crept across the scratchy sidewalk in front of my house. And I love my Sunday photo…the scratchy spine of an aloe plant with a spiderweb attached, highlighted by the use of the vintique app.
It’s always a little bittersweet to move from one prompt to the next as I start to see the world anew. It always seems to take a week to really see and notice the prompt in interesting ways.
How was your scratchy week? Today I began to look at my world through the scaly lens, who knows what the week will bring…