Dynamic Diagonals is the subject for this month’s “Exploring with a Camera” series from Kat Eye Studio. Kat has written an article full of useful information detailing how the use of diagonal lines can improve your composition.
Since celebration of line is a primary theme in my work, I found numerous images where diagonals are the dominant element of the composition.
This staircase is an example of a “primary diagonal” – a line that moves from the top left to the bottom right of an image. Visual interest and complexity is added by the zig-zag in the stair design. The strong horizontal elements in the background and the subtle vertical patterns etched into the concrete add contrast to the strong diagonal.
Almost an optical illusion, this tennis court image is a complex weave of myriad diagonals, an interplay between the net and its shadow. The primary diagonal is the white line, which slices through the green and black grid from left to right, cutting the image into two triangular shapes. The opposing diagonal, formed by the base of the net plus its shadow, runs from the bottom left corner to the top of the image. This line marks the boundary between the “thing” (the net) and its shadow. This interplay creates visual tension between the elements.
Again, the primary diagonal, from upper left to bottom right, is used to draw you into and through this image. This diagonal was created by my position relative to the ceiling elements – this point-of-view results in the illusion of lines converging into the distance. Multiple patterns – the columns, the inset ceiling rectangles - provide rhythm and repetition to the image.
Another complex interwoven pattern, this image has a simple white and blue color scheme. The diagonal shadows form a rhythmic pattern across the bottom horizontal, moving our eye across the image and serve as the connection between the solid blue stripe at the base to the intricate grid at the top. A square crop adds to the symmetry.
The diagonals in this image were created by my perspective and point-of-view - a position where it seems as if the two walls intersect. Very subtle lighting give volume and sheen to the metal siding. This image contains multiple opposing diagonals, which keep the eye moving around the image.
Diagonals are a key element of my shadow images. In many cases, it is the way shadow lines intersect and interact that draws my eye in the first place - the way separate elements in the real world become something entirely different as shadows. Here open metal stairs and their railing knit together into a wondrous crosshatching, composed within the frame to highlight the profusion of diagonal lines.
Lines are my photographic language. They are the way I communicate; the way I show you what I see. Thanks to Kat for this opportunity to “speak in diagonals”.
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