Details have always been one of my favorite things to photograph. They are personal and unique to each photographer and are a great complement to larger, more informational compositions in helping to tell the story. They provide us an opportunity to see nature and design on a closer, more intimate basis.
Though I’ve never been commissioned to solely shoot details, taking photos that show the materials used in a project is a regular part of many assignments. Material selection plays an important part of a designer’s creative solution to a problem, be it for purposes of sustainability, energy efficiency, continuity of materials native to the local environment, reuse/repurposing, and even for the purely aesthetic.
Material details also often give my camera and lenses a chance to stretch their legs beyond the usual 17-20mm focal length range.