My third article for FYP (Fuel Your Photography) deals with composing with shapes and lines among other criteria. Here is a preview of one of the images used in the forthcoming article at the end of March.
Triangles and Trapezoids: whether it is people, buildings or landscapes, if you can find or compose geometric underlay to your composition, your images will weigh heavier with visual interest and intrigue as the mind and eyes trace the lines and angles subconsciously. Here a slight twist on the canonical triangle / pyramid composition with the apex of the subject at the top of the frame and the base at the bottom, breaks into shards of trapezoids and triangles as strong directional lines splay in all directions.
Portraits: Naturally our eyes gravitate to the eyes first in a photo that contains a face, or faces. Using the hands to frame the face helps reinforce attention to the between them. The cats cradle which forms an X, a crossroads of line, shape and direction, adds extra intrigue that helps hold the viewers gaze to a spot very close to where the shaded left eye would be if not in shadow.
Light & Shadow: Using high contrasted sections of light and dark force the eye to certain areas – as lighter areas come forward and darker areas receded. Here the dark frame of basement shadow pushes the figure inevitably towards us.
Textures and Patterns: Usually accessories to any image, patterns and textures can stand on their own and hold the viewers eye in a minimal image. Here the loops and curves mimic the shadowy folds seen in the subjects sleeves. They also add a complex layer of movement via their irregular curvature.