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This week’s P52 assignment calls for an image that screams texture. The challenge for me is to find a suitable subject. There’s a variety of textures all around us but how to make them interesting? My starting point actually has nothing to do with texture, but more to do with an off-hand comment regarding still-life subjects “they don’t talk back”. This made me pause for thought, I enjoy portraiture but rarely spare the genre the time and effort afforded to my more patient models of Cognac, Bourbon and perfume bottles. My new challenge, how to find texture in portraits!

The first task is to set the lighting, I make such a great stand-in-dummy with my far off “what’s that coming over the hill” stare Texture in portraits - Self Portrait The second task is to find some appropriate texture-rich attire to help frame my intended victim model. Finally, I must motivate my intended model to don said clothing, stand just so, position eyes/head right there… I think it worked. It seems that these posts are becoming a chronicle of my P52 assignments. While it’s great to chart my progress, it’s clear that I need to find a personal project; a project that puts this new found knowledge to use. It’s not just the taking of photos, but the interacting with people outside my usual circle of friends, family and colleagues – in other words, experiencing the big (not so bad) world in the guise of a more rounded photographer. Texture in portraits - Woman Wearing Scarf and Fur Lined Hood