Thursday, November 1, 2007

Photography: texture, color, and Pisa


For the exploration of texture, I took several pictures in Cinque Terre. This is a presentation of the five best. The first (top left) I really like because of the contrast between the dark, rough rocks and the piece of tin trash that is very smooth and reflective. The next image (top right) is a couple of tiles from a wall. Each piece is a solid color, but as a whole, the colors make images that brighten the public spaces. The small, potted palm tree (middle left) caught my attention because of the bloom which is very soft. The repetition of the fan pattern on the bloom was also very beautiful. Glass (middle right) is an excellent example of texture because of the way the light can be distorted and make a soft material appear to be jagged. Finally, there was an old, painted cloth sign that hung outside a restaurant (bottom image). There were also white Christmas lights hanging over it. I like that it is possible to see the threads of both materials and that they share a similar color but that they are two completely different materials.


While in Camogli, I took images of colors. Above are the five best examples of color that I found while there for a day. The top image is part of a painting. I really like the way there is only one color of paint, just different shades put together to make patterns. The next two images I feel like should be presented next to each other because they are both examples of brown. The brown, tiger-cat next to the rusty grate has many shades of brown. The rum ball on the right has a lot of depth in the picture. Although it is really only one shade of brown, it captures the eye because of the way the filling is not following any pattern or rhythm. The forth image (second from bottom) captures the vibrant red of the wild berries very well because of the contrasting green blurred in the back ground. As opposites on the color wheel, they are always good colors to put together for visual contrast. There is also a small bug on one of the berries but it is lost because of it's built in camouflage. The colors blend in very well at a distance. The last image (bottom) is the most interesting. Although it is of nothing very beautiful, it is the context that I like so much. The red net fallen out of place between a field of gray and shadows made the cracks between the huge rocks mysterious. It is easy to catch yourself wondering how and when the waves caused the net to make its journey to that spot. It was a source for day dreaming that day.

Bell Tower of Pisa:

While in Pisa, I tried to take a picture of the bell tower that would be unique. This image does not show the entire structure nor does it show how it leans. Instead, it is simply a piece of architecture. I over exposed the image by focusing on a very dark shadow. This, I hope, makes it a bit flatter because of the lack of shadows and background. There is nothing else in this picture so that the levels of columns are the only focus. This is my view of Pisa.

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