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We consume photos through our eyes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a tactile element, too.

Walking along the beach in Vancouver, Canada, a few weeks ago, I was struck by the tangles of seaweed and the patterns they created across the wet sand at low tide. There was some chaotic balance at play here, a jazzy rhythm of vegetation, water, and earth.

The juxtaposition of starkly different textures helped my attempt to capture a narrow strip of beach as if I were shooting a vast river estuary from a plane. The different colors and densities made it look almost like a living map of a faraway, unknown place.

Photography is a primarily visual medium, but we can experience it with more than one sense. This week, focus on the tactile element of the objects you shoot, whether it’s one distinct quality — softness, smoothness, graininess, or any other texture you find interesting — or a combination of several within one frame.

I look forward to your exploration of texture in your photos this week!


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