Photography as Oil

I took these photographs in Japan over the summer, at the famous Mijajima torii which stands in the water on the bay. We happened to visit at low tide, which meant we were able to walk up to it, touch it, and view it up close in it's dry and unconcealed state. Mostly it was crusted with barnacles and green slime, but the rich colours and peeling textures of this surface caught my eye. To me these photographs look uncannily like oil paintings, bringing new meaning to the phrase 'painting with light'.

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