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 that might be overlooked. It focuses more on the micro than the contextual. Swatches of colors, surfaces, edges, grains, and decay framed by light and circumstance, bringing out the area’s story.
The idea for Textures began in Baltimore during a rainy weekend visit. I was able to slowly take in what I loved about the city. There is an amazing charm in the facade of the buildings. Small chips taken out of walls and paint over time that add character and display a retained integrity.
This, I felt, was also reflected in the character of Baltimore’s population. There exists a creative, educated, artistic force in the city that consistently produces quality work.
It made me wonder how the face of a city or area could tell you how the people there exist. Possibilities of how nature may influence man, or vice versa.
This series is a continuation of how I have been shooting areas around the world, but with a newer, more abstract view.
When I enter a new country, city, or neighborhood I try to take time to figure out what makes the area unique and if it’s possible to capture it in photos or video. I’ve spent years trying to find new ways of doing this.
In 2015, I spent three months living in my car and driving over 22,000 miles to expose myself to something new every day and to train my mind to process new areas quickly. While living in Brooklyn, I started Framing, a project where I literally framed the cracks on the sides of buildings and torn subway ads. I saw art in the eternal back and forth of human intervention and nature.
Everything from the use of material in buildings, smells, colors in clothing, and the sounds people make change how you feel about an area when you’re traveling. These new experiences make you notice details that you’ve never noticed before. When you leave, you bring back this ability to see new things.
That is the beauty of travel.
It’s the exposure to new ideas that shapes your understanding of where you’re from and deepens the experience of where you’ll go and who you’ll meet next. We learn that we’re not all that different. Things usually only come down to a difference in approach and resources.
After being confined to his house for 42 days, Xavier de Maistre used his time to travel around his bedroom and write about what he saw. He took the time to notice details that would have otherwise been looked over, taking the time to understand where he was and communicate in explicit, nearly abstract detail.
It’s this view that is part of the aim in Textures. I spend my time walking around aimlessly, trying to find unique combinations that describe where I am.
To look at the world in new ways is the greatest gift of travel. I just want to kick-start the idea in people’s heads.
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