Textures in Nature

This post is actually meant for another web log, one curated by Dr. Andrea Wolfe, for the classes she teaches at the Ohio State University. I'm writing it here because this seems like a good place to do so. I've been participating in one of Dr. Wolfe's classes, one devoted to teaching photography to biology students. We've been going on weekly field trips to local parks to practice shooting.


I remember an assignment in my high school photography class that the teacher, Mr. Hal Crow, called Shape, Form, and Texture. We were required to submit four photographs, one each showing shape, form, and texture, and one showing all three. For me the first three seemed very straightforward. Not so for the fourth.

On our class field trips everyone else seemed to concentrate on particular kinds of flora or fauna (with some notable and successful exceptions), which is what I would expect from biologists since they know and understand what they're seeing. I, on the other hand, kept noticing textures and soon decided that that would be my emphasis.

When making photos I still think about these elements of design. I still haven't figured out how to show all three in one photograph, at least not in a way that captures my idea of the reasoning behind my high school assignment. But I'm content, for now, to find and shoot one at a time. Here are a few examples.