|self-portrait, with texture|
I have tried creating my portraits so that the bulk of what I want from the portrait happens in the immediate moment... in camera. I tend to shy away from using Photoshop as key focal point of interest in my images. I'll be the last person to shoot and then say, "I'll fix that in post."
Recently I came down with bronchitis. While sitting around sick as a dog, coughing up nastiness, I decided I had to do something creative. Getting outside to shoot was simply out of the question. Working with recent self-portraits, and playing with the idea of using textures and layers gave me another avenue to explore. I feel like there is a lot of potential in this layering of textures, but from what I commonly see, it tends to be used with a very heavy hand. Much like HDR, most photographers tend to follow presets or actions, moving sliders here and there. They think that makes it their own. My goal was to find a way to create something unique...rich... without it ending up looking dated. We'll see how that idea fares over time. Your thoughts? Does the added texture add anything to the composition? Is it extraneous?
Here is the original image: