The One Screen School House: Lines
Good morning and welcome back to the JUXT schoolhouse. We are still talking JUXT basics this week. I hope the nuts and bolts don’t bore you too much. I’d hate to think you were back there snoozing instead of taking notes. Yes, I mean you on the back row.
Here’s a quick recap of last week.
We talked about the horizon line. You can either have a true horizon line, where the sky meets the ground or a manufactured one like a row of windows or the base of a building. And sometimes, as my creative students from last week pointed out, a wacky horizon can work well in a composition. Normally, these wacky horizon lines need to be purposeful for the composition to work. So take that into account and weigh wacky against straight when deciding what would work best for your photo. Here are a few A+ students from last weeks assignment.
Gold stars for everyone that played along!!
Top Left: Mykel Landers @mykel
Top Right: Shannon Joyce @smjoyceindy
Bottom: Iris McCormack @iris_mc
Alright now grab your pencils and paper and let’s get to learning.
We are going to be talking about lines again. There are plenty of different lines to photograph and we will hit upon them all but this week we are looking at leading lines.
Have you ever wondered why you can look at 25 different photographs of a train track or a country lane and still find it pleasing? That’s because the lines lead your eye to a natural resting place. Leading lines play a trick with perspective. It seems that the lines, which are parallel, actually touch in the distance if they are allowed to run that far. If they aren’t our eye is drawn to whatever it is at the end. Sometimes leading lines aren’t physical lines like a street or a set of railings. They can also be implied by a row of benches or street lights.
So in the next couple weeks when your out and about keep your eye peeled for lines that lead. I personally am I sucker for leading lines so please tag me when you find some with #juxtschoolhouse. I’d love to drool over them. go forth and shoot!