Review of exercise 1.3

The images I provided for the exercise 1.3 exhibit how useful lines can be in composition. Lines can give an image an overall feeling or they can direct the eye across the photograph and out of the frame. However they can also draw your eye towards your subject with an effect that is verging on hypnotic.

The one difference between line compositions with my images, is the strength of the lines.

The images in exercise 1.3(1) I think are visually stronger. You can see several different types of lines , horizontal , vertical, curved and  diagonal and these all lead out of the frame. Lines are used to lead the eye to the edge of the frame and out of the image leaving the eye with no way back in apart from the point it started from.

Lines can give a image depth and perspective which means to achieve this the lines must lead somewhere within the frame. Lines can establish location which is a static feature but they can also be dynamic by suggesting direction, height and movement along a length, the frame and the edges themselves are lines.

For the images in exercise 1.3(2)  a high view point was taken to flatten the pictorial space so the eye sees a two dimensional image and the brain has to acknowledge that the view is aerial plan and flat. These images were more shapes than lines as there was little or no perspective and depth.

In terms of graphic qualities, lines are definitely stronger than points. Points are subtle, the eye seeks them out. Two points in a frame will have an implied line between them as the eye scans the image.

So in conclusion I now understand

  • How different types of lines effect the composition of an image.
  • The difference between these types of line.
  • How the viewpoint can effect the pictorial space

Further Reading.

The Photographer’s Eye – Michael Freeman

sea of Green





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