What is it about peeling paint, cracked glass, roughened brick, rusty surfaces, that is so appealing from a photographic standpoint?
My personal interior design aesthetic is sleekly modern. I am surrounded by contemporary furnishings – cool gray and aqua, smooth glass, stainless steel, light oak. We collect art glass pieces – cut surfaces and modern lines; reflective color and prisms of light.
I am attracted to modern steel and glass architecture – for its reflective, refractive properties; its geometric lines and shapes; the way it interacts with the surrounding environment, mirroring clouds and sky. Triumphs of engineering. Cool, sophisticated beauty.
And yet, my photo archive is filled with examples of lovely decrepitude – the broken, the forgotten – succumbing to the elements of time and weather. Things with history and character, well-worn, with a story to tell.
Perhaps we all have these contradictions inside – these dichotomies of taste and attraction – that have us seeking both the old and the new; the sleek and the disintegrating; the crumbled and shining. In our search for images and stories, we piece together narratives from the world around us, in all its distinct and varied aspects.
So, I will embrace my internal Jekyll and Hyde and continue to shoot it all, the whole kit and caboodle. Whether textured or smooth; cracked or gleaming; peeling or glossy. Those things that attract my eye, just because they do.
Texture Tuesday Processing Steps
- Ran my midtone contrast action which uses the high-pass filter to bring out texture and contrast
- Duplicated the original image, Soft Light blend mode to boost color saturation
- Processed the “Coffee Shop Storybook Vintage” action
- Added the Cracker Jack texture, Linear Burn blend mode at 75% opacity.
- Using dark gray, masked the texture on the weathered boards to lessen the impact
I have fallen in love with the Storybook Vintage action from the The Coffee Shop Blog. It adds a subtle vignette and delicate sepia toning to your image. Rita has an amazing collection of freebie actions, textures and other digital design goodies so I encourage you to check out her site.