My first experience with adding texture was when I was teaching myself how to use layers in Photoshop, and this is what happened!
It’s called ‘In Silence’, and I created it by layering two rather uninteresting photographs together (a horse in the desert and aspens on a snow covered mountain). I remember showing it to my husband Tom, and asking him if it was ‘too weird’ to take to one of my art shows. I liked it, but I didn’t know if anyone else would. He assured me that it wasn’t too weird, (I love that guy)… and THAT my friends was the beginning of my addiction to textures.
There was no going back after that. It became impossible for me to create any image without layering another photograph that would add texture. I quickly became absorbed in this new idea and couldn’t get enough of experimenting with it.
Now before I leave you to do your own experimenting, (and you have been warned) I’d like to address a comment I made in the first paragraph about “layering two rather uninteresting photographs together…” If you are going to do textured photography, the first rule of thumb is to start off with a good photograph, not a bad one. This image is proof. Two uninteresting photographs layered together made a better image, but not a great one. Trust me on this… using texture to create interest to a poor image isn’t going to get you first prize at the art fair. Adding texture is not a way out, it’s a way up. If you want that blue ribbon my advice is to start with a great photo, and then add texture to make it spectacular.
So, there you have it. And while I was on my little soapbox I decided that the next time my family thinks I’m spending more time in Photoshop than I am with them, I’m going to have them talk to Tom because this clearly is all hisfault… and I can’t thank him enough… ;~D