Exercise – Horizontal and vertical lines

Project – Lines

Exercise Horizontal and vertical lines

Part of the value of this kind of exercise in photography is that it helps you to discover appearances and, in the process of searching, you are likely to reach some conclusions about how certain design elements come about, and how common or rare they are.

The aim of this exercise is to find some of the different ways in which horizontal and vertical lines appear to the eye and camera.

For this exercise I needed to go out and look for specific and different examples of horizontal and vertical lines, and photograph them.

I found myself much more aware of things that would normally be insignificant. As i started to shoot i began to notice things which i would ordinarily dismiss on a daily basis. For example, I noticed the concrete pathway right by my house consists of horizontal lines. See my images below for both examples of horizontal and vertical lines.

    IMG_1575 IMG_1572 IMG_1573 IMG_1587 IMG_1577 IMG_1578 IMG_1596 IMG_1592 IMG_1567 IMG_1562 IMG_1586 IMG_1559 IMG_1584 IMG_1582 IMG_1581 IMG_1597 

During the exercise i found myself holding the camera to suit the image, so if i was taking a vertical shot i would hold the camera vertically, and visa versa for horizontal. This made me realise that i defiantly learnt from the previous project, frame shapes and sizes.

The exercise explains that the most successful examples will be the ones in which the line is the first thing the viewer would notice. Whilst out searching for images, this is what i was specifically looking for and i feel that i have achieved this.   


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