... hmmm, I know well that many people like dark, romantic textures and filter effects, but they always make it look kinda 'seudo-commercial' - I'd wish you wouldn't use it that way (in a collage it makes more sense)!
hehe i know what you mean and cannot disagree with that - sometimes people use them just to make a crappy photo look better and everything goes with a texture nowadays i added textures only when i felt i had to, like to underline the feeling or to emphasize the already existing textures of the objects in the photo, like here
thank you for your thoughtful comment!
I think this is one of your best shots (that I have seen!). It has a wonderful, painting-like feel to it, but not just because of the textured finish - I thinks its more to do with the way you've composed the shot and whats in it, as well as the interesting colour.