1.3 Line


I have been asked to take a number of shots using lines to create a sense of depth. It has been suggested to use a wide – angle lens and to choose a viewpoint close to the line, within the frame of the photo.

My thoughts

After reading the brief and looking at the example by Eugene Atget, I was intrigued to get started. I decided to take a trip to my local park. I liked the idea of your eye being drawn into the picture, following the line.

The following are my photos…


This photo in particular is very effective at giving the illusion of depth. Your eye is drawn into the photo, there are multiple lines running through the image. The line of trees, the two lines of the curb. You can also see the lines going horizontal which have been created by the sun leave a showdown. This photo makes you want to keep on walking to see what is at the bottom of the path.


In this photo I got really close to the ground, I wasn’t sure if the photo would turn out well but to my surprise I found it very effective. The edge of grass looks very well running along the path, I actually love the different textures in this photo. Your eye just follows the path onwards to the horizon where you can see buildings and more trees, in my opinion it is very inviting. Although one thing that is plaguing me is that the line is not dead centre, I really need to focus more on lining up my photos better.


In my opinion this photo is a modern version of Eugene Atget’s ‘Coin de quai Voltaire at rue de Nevres, 1926′ and is where I got the inspiration to line up the photo that way. I stood right behind the tree in the righthand corner and followed the line of the wall. The wall draws your eye down past the trees and to the row of houses which look colourful and perfectly lined up beside each other. The trees are vertical lines and are almost lined up with the houses when really they are miles down the street.


This photo uses line in a different way. I got close up to the railings which surround a pond, the railings draw your eye round the pond as it curves. The shadow coming from the railing gives a diagonal line and draws your eye to the horizon, where we can another line alone the flower bed as a border. Although there is a lot happening in this photo I still think it is effective at giving depth.


This final photo is one of my favourites, the railings that line the pond are being reflected back in the water and we can also see the horizontal line of the trees and cathedral also being reflected. I personally think that if it hadn’t of been such a beautiful autumnal day I wouldn’t have had such success with these photos. Your eye is drawn directly to the spire of the cathedral and then along the railings. This photo gives great depth and a different perspective.


I was then asked to take a number of shots using lines to flatten the pictorial space and avoid perspective. I was slightly confused but it is mentioned that the sensor should be parallel with the subject.

My thoughts

I am very confused and unsure I will be able to get the right outcome. I decided to start simple and walk around my back garden for some inspiration. After that I had the idea to photograph a bar of chocolate as it would be easy to get the camera parallel to the chocolate.

The following are my photos…


In this photo I got down, parallel to the wall to give it a flat appearance. I think it is effective but there still is a bit of depth regarding the lines where each brick has been laid.


This photo is very effective in my opinion it looks very flat and there is little or no depth in the photo. This photo is actually the very top step of my step ladder, it is made out of aluminium and therefore gives a silver/blue sheen which I think helped it to look flat, there is very little shadow as the aluminium reflected light well, I think that really helped.


This photo is of my roof. I don’t feel this is a perfect representation of a flattened pictorial space but I feel I should put this in to show how difficult it was to achieve a flat image. I got on my step ladder but unfortunately couldn’t get up high enough to be parallel with the roof, I thought it would have made an great photo. The lines in this image are very effective going horizontal and vertical, but because the roof is at a slant there is depth the photo and its not quite flat. I was very disappointed that it didn’t work out.


In this photo I moved inside and set up my tripod to be parallel to my table. I then took an empty egg carton and turned it upside to get this as a result. Although there is shadow, this photo looks very flat and I was surprised at how effective it was.


The final few photos are what I found to be the most effective. I took a bar of Galaxy chocolate (my favourite!) and placed them on the table, my camera already set up with the tripod. The lines are kind of like the roof which I was originally trying to achieve but the bar of chocolate worked just as well. Both horizontal and vertical, the lines compliment the set up. I did my best to reduce shadow and I feel this really benefits the image. It looks flat and has little depth.


I have been asked to review both parts of this coursework in relation to how different lines relate with the frame.

In the first section of this coursework I feel the photos are more realistic, they give more perspective and personality. The second set are very different I feel its more about creating a pattern than someone experiencing a place they may never get to experience. Both sets of images are different in their own way and would appeal to different kinds of people. The first set would be someone who wants to feel what others feel, someone looking for something simple yet beautiful. The second set would appeal to someone who finds comfort in consistency and gets satisfaction from repeated patterns or for example; someone who comes into your house and straightens your pictures!

The first set we see a variety of ways in which horizontal and vertical lines are used, how trees can frame an image, how a reflection can create depth. However in the second set we see a uniformed use of lines either horizontal or vertical. The lines are repeated over and over and we see little or no depth, shadow or anomalies. Its more simplistic yet you have to be meticulous when lining things up as any mistake will stick out like a sore thumb, this is mainly due to the fact there are few distractions. The first set draws you into the scenery and the second set pushes you out. This shows just how important line and composition is in a photograph or more importantly in a set of photos.


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