Texture by (one) definition is “the characteristic physical structure given to a material, an object, etc., by the size, shape, arrangement, and proportions of its parts:” By this definition, our lives have texture, our gardens, our cities, even our photos have a physical structure influenced by shape, arrangement and proportion of its parts.
Sunlight and artificial light not only influence how we see the surface textures but also become a part of the texture as a whole, in what we see. Bright white light, deep dark shadows, reflected light, all change the colors, adding depth. giving us pleasure in what we see.
In Friburgo, The days can be gray, the sky full of glare and washed of color. Or on a bright, sunny day the contrasts of bright, blue sky, the deep, aggressive greens of the forest and the rich colors of the flowering trees point to the importance of light in how we see our world. I think in how we FEEL the texture of our worlds.
I took a few photos this week as we walked on a secondary street in Friburgo central. What gives this town its own feel, its texture, is the use of local stone, plasters both smooth and course, red clay roofs, and the small gardens that line the street.