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Gallery Thirty Three: Using light and color to define and contrast textures

The interplay of light, shadow and color not only gives a two-dimensional medium the illusion of having three dimensions, but it can also illuminate the tactile nature of surfaces by emphasizing the meaning of texture. Texture gives a surface its feel and appearance. Textures can symbolize ideas as well. To stress texture, it is usually best to shoot early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the angle of the light is lower and textures can be revealed in bolder relief. The early and late light is also warmer, which adds richness and saturation to the colors within the textures. It is also important to find a vantage point that presents texture in bold relief. In this gallery, you will find examples of images that use light and color to define textures and contrast them to each other. By building our images around textures, we can make viewers feel like reaching out and actually touching the image with their fingers and perhaps their souls as well. I’ve selected most of these images from my archive of digital travel articles posted at: In each of these examples, I’ve tried to use texture itself as a form of expression.

This gallery is presented in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.