Lines…the one element that defines a composition

Article Excerpt: “The lines that make up an image are the one element that defines the success or failure of a composition. The feminine lines of a model, the circular lines of a staircase, and the bold graphic lines of the support structure for a glass ceiling in a museum or airport are very different, yet they all have one thing in common: If they are striking, compelling, and beautiful, the photograph will be as well. If they are not, the picture probably won’t be very good…There are basically eight kinds of lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, C-curve, S-curve, arch, circle, and spiral. Each one of these types of lines can produce outstanding images…”~Jim Zuckerman on Composition: Lines

(Photo location: A dilapidated house in Iloilo City)


4 responses

  1. LOTS of lines there. Like the telephone line coming out to the right. adds a little extra tension

    December 16, 2012 at 5:38 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks always Jane! I love your term “little extra tension”, you describe it articulately and flawlessly! 🙂

      December 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

  2. Thats a beautiful picture…

    December 17, 2012 at 2:39 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks Mekala! there’s beauty even in worn-out subjects such as this house which obviously has seen its days

      December 17, 2012 at 3:14 am

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