Texture - jwardenphotography

Many years ago, when I first got interested in sketching animals, I met one of the top wildlife artists of the day. I wish I could remember his name, because what he told me then has stayed with me my whole artistic life.

It’s not what you see, so much as what you feel.

Texture is a compositional tool that helps us to communicate feeling. It is the roughness of a surface, the tactile, touchy, feely quality of what we are looking at. Low angle side lighting casts shadows which in turn, emphasize texture.

Explore the gallery below and read the captions to learn more about texture in wildlife photography.

Powered by SmugMug Log In


This cowbird is perched on the thick and wiry coat of a bison at Elk Island National Park. Cowbirds have a symbiotic relationship with bison, feeding on insects, stirred up the the bison's hooves while foraging.

BisonCurved LinesWildTextureCowbird