There are plenty of beautiful photographs that extensively cover popular landmarks, buildings, and events. Textures is intended to fill in the gaps.
Textures is an ongoing series that concentrates on what makes up an area— that day-to-day confluence of colors, surfaces, edges, grains, and decay framed by light and circumstance that might be overlooked.
These attributes form the greater impression of what a city is.
This series is a continuation of how I have been shooting areas around the world, but with a newer, more abstract view of bringing these attributes together.
When I enter a new country, city, or neighborhood I try to take time to figure out what makes the area unique and how it would be possible to capture it in photos or video. I’ve spent years trying to find new ways of doing this.
Everything from the use of material in buildings, clothing, smells, and sounds change how you perceive an area when you’re traveling.
These new experiences flip a switch in you that allows you to notice details that you’ve never noticed before. When you leave, you bring back this ability to see new things to your country, your city, your home.
It’s this discovery of intimacy that is the beauty of travel. It allows you to fall in love with your surroundings. Whether it’s a new city or your hallway.
This exposure to new ideas shapes your understanding of where you’re from and deepens the experience of the next place you visit and person you meet. You learn that we’re not all that different. Things ultimately come down to a difference of resources.
It’s this view that is part of the aim in Textures. To look at the world in new ways is the greatest gift of exposing yourself to new cultures and experiences.
Pulling back and observing as an abstract is a key to understanding.
But some of these are just pretty pictures.
All shots in this post were made using a Sony A7Rii and Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2