March Inspiration: Tone, Texture + Contrast


con·trast
noun
ˈkänˌtrast/

1.

the state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.

This month's inspiration has come from different mediums, aside from photography itself, focusing in on tone + texture.  I think we often forget that a great photo isn't just made by the photographer's skill with a camera - but it requires great light, texture, tone, and the contrast created between them in relation to the subjects. 
And so, some of my favorite things to look for when I'm shooting, are just those things. 
Texture and tone are formed by light around them, so the way that light is hitting the marble surfboard is contrasting with the smooth, blank wall behind it. And the way that the dark wood sits beside the smooth, muted blue tone, separated by some worn, vintage gold - it creates a variety and juxtaposition that is interesting and aesthetically pleasing. 
At first glance, the images below don't seem to have much in common: a surfboard, a cropped-in texture, and an interior. 
But with a closer look, they all have contrast. Contrast can be subtle, or it can be obvious. As photographers, we often think of the slider in Lightroom or Photoshop when we first hear that word, or maybe simply black + white. But contrast comes in many forms and it can be a really interesting form to play with in your work. 

images found on my Pinterest

images found on my Pinterest

Some more examples of contrast in my own work below: the first image has contrast in many ways - from the formal dress of the couple against a country-back-road-scenery, to the straight, smooth lines of the road beside organic, curving lines of the bodies and the natural surroundings. 

I think it's important to look to other forms of art, outside of photography for inspiration, because other photographs can often make us compare, feel like our work isn't measuring up, etc. We get into a rut of comparison when we're constantly looking to peers in our own craft. Looking to a completely separate art-form is refreshing.

images found on my Pinterest

images found on my Pinterest

Album cover art for Gem Club - "In Roses" album. 

Album cover art for Gem Club - "In Roses" album. 

more images + inspirations can be found over at my Pinterest and Tumblr pages.

more images + inspirations can be found over at my Pinterest and Tumblr pages.

Nicole Mason