All Is Quiet And I Am Half Asleep

All is quiet in the Hardisty household. Our summer visitors have gone and No 1 son is currently sitting in Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, awaiting a flight to take up residence again in the mysterious orient. For him it’s a new adventure, as he has said goodbye to Hong Kong.

But for me, I’m sitting here, half asleep, it was a very early run to the airport this morning, trying to think about this weeks challenge.

So anyway, let’s get on with the textures. Starting with this one taken on a promenade. There are so many individual tiles here, I gave up trying to count them.


As you can guess from the photograph below, I’m not in the UK. Look at the wooden balcony and the cobblestones. It’s the colours as well, they make the photograph look rich.


And so to some bronze statues I found in a park. I like bronze, not only to photograph, but the feel, Unlike marble or stone you can really feel the textures and once bronze gets weathered, you get some amazing colours.

The Three of Us

Now this was an interesting photograph I took in Lisbon. It was an old ruined house, near the docks. All painted with the stone showing through and just as an added extra, a tatty pigeon sitting on the window frame.


Another bronze statue, look at the colours here. It’s caused by tarnishing of copper, one of the metals used when making bronze.


Texture, textures, textures and more textures, there are lots of them evident in the next photograph.

The Square

In the photograph below I was tempted to capture just the pattern, but to be honest, I thought the pattern on it’s own would look lost. You have to see the overall picture to really appreciate the pattern.

Photography has an amazing ability to capture the fine detail of surface textures. But far too often these intricate patterns are loved by the photographer for their own sake. The richness of texture fascinates the eye and the photographer falls easy prey to such quickly caught complexities. The designs mean nothing in themselves and are merely pictorially attractive abstractions. A central problem in contemporary photography is to bring about a wider significance in purely textural imagery. – Arthur Tress



Well that’s it for this week and I hope you liked the selection of photographs. As usual, here’s what others are saying about this weeks challenge.

Textures – Emovere
Beach Reflections, Tofino, BC – Jane Lurie Photography
Texture in Photo Essay – On a mission
Weekly Photo Challenge- Texture – Dragonfly’s Dance
Texture – kriztyne
18-200 mm View Smooth
Writings from the Meadow Texture – weekly photo challenge
Weekly Photo Challenges – Sea Shells on Sea Shore – Celina2609’s Blog
Shi Yali Photography Tenacious Roots Textures

9 thoughts on “All Is Quiet And I Am Half Asleep

  1. I think the shapes in your last elaborate photo are as amazing as the different textures. It just shows how our senses are bombarded everywhere we go with images. There is so much to process but taking a photo does help me to focus on detail rather than the big picture.

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    1. I’m mainly a landscape photographer, so I’m always looking at the way I’m going to take a photograph, Maybe moving just a little to the right or left or going higher, sometimes lower can change the way I see things. But always I will be looking for something to put in the foreground, that little bit extra to draw you in. Doesn’t always work though, but it does force me to look around and take my time. Sometimes just enjoying what I see rather than madly pressing the shutter trying t get that photograph is enough for me.

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  2. A real variety of texture here Mike. The two that stood out for me were the three figures in bronze, and the tatty pigeon! You put a lot of thought into your shots.


    1. I waited ages for that tatty pigeon to come back, Jude. I saw it just as I was setting up, I must have disturbed it and it flew away, but I was hoping for it to come back, and it did, or it might have been another tatty pigeon, but I definitely wanted it in the photograph

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      1. It’s funny but the bird really stands out as the only thing not painted into the mural. I’m glad he came back, the picture wouldn’t have had that one living element without him!


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