Monday 25 March 1996
I was really drawn to this eroded girder, near the inlet to a marina. The texture was wonderful, crystalline in its quality. There was a mixture of angular lines, curves, layers and textures, with a fantastic palette of tones. The weathered hole going from front to back gave a sense of depth. I was very excited to find this subject, something you might see from afar but not appreciate the textural and tonal wonders it possessed.
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Wednesday 14 April 1999
This is a case of an everyday item, which normally wouldn’t warrant a second look being a beautiful and fascinating artistic subject. I found these Japanese Sandals (or Jandals for short) incredibly beautiful with their range of shadings and textural details.
Thursday 4 December 2003
I noticed this fallen leaf one day. It was dried out, but was really beautiful with its different textures and tones. It is almost like an aerial shot looking down on a network of roads, highways, and junctions
Thursday 26 July 2007
Several times whilst walking my dog Jessie I had noticed this object and felt it had the potential to make a good subject for one of my photographs. I really liked the tin hat with its embossed patterns and dented lid, and felt this was complemented by the other textures in the scene – the wooden fence; the ground, grass, and leaves; and the tin hat’s concrete base. I found this scene, although deceptively simple, really captivating.
Thursday 28 December 1995
The surface characteristics of this war memorial were really eye-catching, and I wanted to enhance this quality in my photograph. I balanced the composition by darkening the blue sky and the foundation plinth to portray the monument how I felt it should look.
Holidaying in Indonesia, I came across this cane chair and balcony. I found them fascinating, but rather a challenge to photograph. The sunlight was harsh, and the bamboo floor was a similar tone to the chair itself. I really wanted the floor to be darker. The idea came to slosh water all over the floor to darken it. However it dried very quickly, and my wife Julie and I would have to work quickly. We sloshed cups of water rapidly over the entire floor and when we’d achieved the effect I was after, I took the photo. The finished photograph captures the details and textures, in a very bright setting but not overwhelmed by the light.
Tawharanui was breathtaking. I could see it would suit a three panelled triptych representation, where each of the three images would be interesting in their own right, and combined would look like looking through three windows onto a panoramic scene.
Friday 2 December 2011
I wanted to capture the subtle beauty of these roses and also the gently curved shape of the vase. I decided to have the vase softly out of focus, so the eye is drawn to the roses. For a subtle image full of gentle light tones, I had a dark leaf to create tonal balance.
Wednesday 18 March 1998
This door and building drew me in like a magnet. The paint peeling on the doors created a wonderful texture, and the door’s darker tonality contrasted with the lightly toned white weatherboards. The staggering crack in the stairs and the metal hand rails lead the eye to the door itself.
Friday 24 January 2003
I had seen this grave several times. Something about it kept calling to me to return one day to photograph it. I thought the various weathered textures and shapes were extraordinary.
Friday 12 October 2012
I was fascinated in the photographic potential of this aubergine (or eggplant). The shiny smoothness of the body with the rougher textured “petals”. I wanted a dark but textured background to complement the vegetable, and I played with the cloth until I reached a composition that pleased me.
Thursday 5 June 2008
Although the brightly lit altar is the name and subject of this photograph, it was not alone in being photographically engaging. The floor was wonderfully textured, as were the wooden pews detailed. It was rather dark in the cathedral, but my aim was to portray the scene as though it was bathed in light.
St Patrick's Altar
Friday 6 June 2008
The roof of the cathedral was fantastic – I was pleased I had looked upwards. The textured and patterned roofing was in distinct contrast to the smoothly rendered exterior. I found the length of guttering fascinating too, adding a dark accent to the junction between the textured and the smooth.
St Patrick's Outside Study
Sunday 12 August 2007
Looking at the glow from the burning wood one day, I started to think about the fireplace itself and how beautiful it was. I returned another day to photograph. The fireplace was an enchanting mixture of textures and tonalities, from the grate holding pinecones, to the brightly embossed copper fireguard, to the dark surrounding frame, to the tiles on both sides.
Jan's Fireplace Study
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Friday 16 June 2000
This is a picture full of different textures - the wooden fence, the rocks, the fabric and the black sand. I wanted the eye to be drawn to the leading rock, whilst the whole picture was a delicate balancing act of tonal values and textures.