One of the main things that rocks my world about using textures is that they can do so much to change the story of an image. This photograph is by Dale Kincaid and is a great example of changing the story. I first saw Dale’s photography on Google+ and I really love what he does with texture. I’d say his love of nature is similar to mine, which is probably one of the reasons I resonate with much of his work. Another reason could be because he uses Texture Junkie textures in many of his pieces, so of course I can’t help myself. ;-)
The photograph is called ‘Nesting Blue Herons’ and would be a lovely image on its own, documenting a moment in the nesting habits of Blue Herons. Blending in textures not only added interest to the image, but created a different story which makes us feel so much more than if it had not been added. Not only do I like the composition and the way he’s used the light, but the textures he’s chosen evoke feelings of mystery and wonder of, “What’s out there?” Yet, from someone else’s perspective it might create feelings of safety and protection, from whatever is out there.
I think this is a beautiful example of how textures can enhance an image by creating depth and adding more to the story, all the while allowing the viewer to decide just what that story is.
You can purchase this image and view more of Dale’s wonderful textured photography here.