01st February 2021
For our next exercise we are asked to ‘…take a number of shots using lines to flatten the pictorial space… you may like to try a high viewpoint (i.e. looking down).’ OCA Expressing Your Vision course folder p.25.
Unfortunately due to lockdown taking an excursion to find some architecture is impossible. ‘…Modern architecture offers strong lines and dynamic diagonals, and zooming in can help to create simpler, more abstract compositions.’ OCA Expressing Your Vision course folder p.25 and finding a high point to look down is even more impossible. The only high point we had in Lowestoft was a four storey car park which was demolished so this ruled out high view point shots.
I decided to shoot images around the garden and look for any in the house that would satisfy the exercises brief. The results can be found below and consist of pavement, wall, patio slabs, man-hole covers, fence, decking and a window.
The images consist of lines, shapes and text. To make the visual results more conceptualised if the lines are viewed at an angle they become more abstract, this can be seen in the images below where I have adjusted the angles of the original images.
When working with pattern, shape and line I have always found if you shoot in black and white or adjust the image in post processing the images become far more stronger and abstract. To illustrate this I have adjusted three of the above images turning them into black and white and the results can be seen below.
In ‘Exercise 1.3: Line part 1’ the lines that we were shooting within our compositions were used to lead the viewers eye into a specific point of interest. In contrast the lines within this exercise are used to lead the viewers eye out of the picture frame.
Both the use of leading lines and abstract lines are important in their own way because both serve very different compositional needs; leading lines are functional and abstract lines are aesthetic.