Today’s post is part of a year-long study of composition (to learn more about it see here). For our second week on the topic of lines, we are exploring the creative use of horizontal or vertical lines in our images.
Lines lend structure to a photograph, leading our eye through the image. They create a feeling of direction, movement, rhythm and flow. Although there are no hard and fast rules, each type of line typically inspires a different kind of feeling in the viewer. For horizontal lines, there is a tendency towards peacefulness, serenity and stability. Think of a classic shot of a desert horizon at sunset, a tranquil lake at dawn, or a magnificent row of tulips. Vertical lines imply something more dynamic, suggesting growth and power. Towering buildings, massive trees, even a small person shot from a low angle can impart and sense of strength and grandeur. And diagonal lines add a sense of dynamism to an image. A steep staircase or a majestic mountain can bring movement to the scene.
This week I focused on the lines of something very common in NYC – the crosswalk. Not all intersections have crisp painted lines like this one; I love the visual interest it provides.
Check out this week’s images for our collective exploration of horizontal and vertical lines.