Exercise 1.3: Line

Using lines to create depth and flatness within an image.

I captured these images all on one walk around the local area, faced with the task of capturing images of lines I found a lot more within the area than I would normally just looking for something ‘interesting’.

The first images here represent the use of lines to create depth in an image.

Reflecting on these images, I find the most satisfying are the images which lead to a point of interest for the observer. The first image is probably the one. That technically works the best because of having the car at the bottom of the hill. With hindsight this could have been quite a fun image had I used a slower shutter speed to create some urgency in the cars movement which would have create a question in the observers mind.

My favourite image is the train station which has a feeling of multiple paths due to the overlapping of the lines. Again I feel that it lacks a pay off for the viewer and waiting for. A train to pass may have helped create a more interesting result.

Finally the use of the sign in the fourth image helped in a a different way as it poses a subject for the curved road ahead, but again with no pay off deeper in frame I don’t feel it improves the interest enough. For example if this was a photo of a crash the sign would have been an excellent ironic statement.

The next images where to use lines to flatten an image.

These images I found much more challenging to find. I feel it is something that I need to really look for in the world that surrounds us.

Reflecting on these images I feel that for them to really work there needs to be a strong theme or juxtaposition to shooting a ‘flat’ image.

This style of image seems more of a statement than a journey. For example a bare wall isn’t very interesting but if the wall was to have breaks, graffiti, posters, doors etc then it would create a statement or story about what the wall is or represents.

Again the steel fence in itself isn’t very interesting, it would be what is beyond the fence that creates context and interest.

I feel the shadow of the fence has the most potential to show interest but again the shadows would need to cover something to really tell a story.

The railway tracks weren’t exactly to brief as they aren’t very parallel to the plane of the cameras sensor. I think it highlights how just a small change in the angle can cause the lines to start working differently. Leading us in to the shadows cast by the bridge. This is one image I feel would work better from a great height. This would give the observer a sense of vertigo, and a question of why the image is presented in such a way. Especially being high over railway tracks is an unusual viewpoint, and if the bridge was included it would start to create an experience for the viewer who could question the reason for being there.

Overall I feel that this exercise has helped me identify some short comings in the techniques displayed and the difficulties in using a flat plane when presenting an image. But, with the process of reflection I feel more confident in achieving these looks in the future as I have experience of an attempt lacking interest.

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