Using lines in composition

I found some elements of this project easy and others quite hard.  I have realised that I do use lines in my compositions, both in terms of ‘a row of points or objects’ and ‘the extension of a line that seems to point in a certain direction’, both of which were quoted in the text for the project in the Art of Photography materials.  I took the photograph below a few months ago of a visit to a farm park  with my grandchildren.

Two little chicks

In this picture of Lily and the chick your eye moves back and forward between the baby and the chicken.

I understand what is meant by the eye and brain working together to solve incomplete things and close gaps.

Holly’s eye line

The expression on Holly’s face and the direction of her eyes automatically make me look in the direction her eyes are following even though the object is out of view.  I can also see that it is not always possible to generalise about how implied lines work, although it seems to me that if the subject’s eyes are clearly visible in the photo and not looking directly at the camera my eyes and brain are usually trying to close the gap.

The part of the project that I found slightly less easy was the use of real lines.

Signpost on Brecon Beacons

Many of my images include diagonal and curves lines but on reflection, not all of them lead anywhere!  For this part of the project, I look this photograph of a signpost in the Brecon Beacons.  I think it works because when the signpost ends, you can see the track in background which also leads to the mountain centre.


About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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