Lighting is everything.
I just finished a new piece-Seed Dreaming IV. It’s part of my series based on the Australian aboriginal saying, “The plant is the dream of the seed.”
Because it has raised “bas relief” features ( thick felting, silk covered thick cotton cording, dense stitching and more…), it was a bear to photograph!
Lighting it as one would a 2-D piece resulted in an evenly lit but flat washed out photo:
Where are the lovely crevices and shadows? Ugh.
So the lights were moved slightly at more of an angle and it helped a little:
But, oh, when the lights were moved to an acute angle to the piece-THEN the luscious texture came alive:
Here’s a detail:
I want to make a viewer really want to reach out and touch it! Do you?