This is my first entry into the Texture Your World
Contest hosted by #StockandResources
I'm planning to make a second entry and maybe some more into another category.
My textures represent the devastating earthquake which hit the area I live in, almost two years ago now. Even two years later, when the rest of the world has forgotten, the earthquake affects my world and the people around me. There's still a lot of damaged property (public and private), services no longer running, closed parts of the city, buildings and landmarks no longer in existence, and people no longer with us - either because they left the city or tragically lost their lives in the quake. Not a single person who experienced the quake was left unaffected. People living in the city have lost property, and are still waiting for their homes to be repaired. The roads had quick temporary fixes made until proper reconstruction could be done. Some people have had to move home, or move to another city or country entirely. Most people know someone who lost someone in the quake, or like myself lost someone they knew directly. Although I guess the one good thing from the quake is that people have become closer - you really rely on neighbours, friends, and family during these times.
Each of my three textures represents a different timeframe. The first texture represents the time during the quake. The second texture represents the time after the quake. The third texture represents time long after an earthquake. I'll explain each texture in a bit more depth and how it relates to the timeframe:
- The first texture is a long exposure shot of a window at night. I thought it'd be appropriate to take this photo during the night, as this was when the first quake hit. The motion blur from the long exposure (and my crazy jumping around ) represents the violent motion of the quake. It's also difficult to see what's going on or even think - the blurry effect emphasises this.
- The second texture is of a crack in the wall of my own home caused by the quake. True, I could have taken a photo of a major piece of damage; but this wouldn't be as relevant to me since we only got a little of that. In reality, most people only had minor damage to their homes (although in large-ish quantities), and this was the case with me. This is the second timeframe (after the quake) as this is when you start to explore your home and neighbourhood and discover the damage done.
- The third texture is long grass. Many people had to abandon their homes, and some areas of town are not being cared for like they used to as there are other priorities. As a result the areas begin to get a little more run down than usual. I took this photo in an abandoned property which used to be really well kept, but is now overgrown since it's not being looked after anymore. I chose this as the timeframe long after the quake, as it takes a while for places to become run down. People who abandoned their homes probably aren't going to come back for a while, so the state of their properties may be run down for a while after other homes are fixed.
I hope you like these textures and I hope you found the story behind them interesting!
Please feel free to use these textures in your creative work. However, please credit me with a link back to either miontre.deviantart.com or this page.