This week my year-long commitment to study various elements of photography composition introduced me to lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, organic, and implied. Ted Forbes (The Art of Photography) wrote that while lines don’t actually exist in nature they are most likely the most basic element of visual composition. He further noted:
Lines serve many purposes in visual composition. They can divide the composition, they can direct the viewers eye, they can define shapes and they can make a statement to the feel or interpretation of the image by the viewer. Line’s speaking to the feel of a composition is extremely important.
After this week, I am finding myself wondering about leading and curving lines as well finding myself in a bit of muddy water in regards to the differences between lines and shapes. Am I overthinking?
Would love to hear your thoughts and please feel free to join in.
To sum up this week here is Ted Forbes’, Photography Composition: Line.