I recently came across two web sites where the photographers have used textures to create beautiful photographic art. The first is Angie Cramer. Check out her flickr site, flickr.com/photos/angiecramer/. Angie has created some beautiful images of old buildings on the prairies.
The second is Nancy Hawkins. Her flickr site is, http://www.flickriver.com/photos/nancyhawkins/ and her blog site is, nancyhawkinsphotography.blogspot.com. Nancy has also used old buildings and texture to create beautiful images, but she also has created works of art using flowers and a guitar.
While the theory to creating a photo using textures is simple the actual task takes some talent. When I played around with the technique my results were definitely not photographic art. The process is to layer a texture image over your photo, reduce the opacity and voila. Sort of. When I looked closer at Angie and Nancy’s images I realized it takes a special image to create great textured image. If you look at the lady’s images you will see that they are simple images, a single flower or a single building with very little extra details. Many of the building images were taken on overcast, flat light days, the kind of conditions that would not normally have created a great image. But textures will turn those images into beautiful images.
Take a browse through Angie and Nancy’s images and be inspired.