Elements of Design - Shape
in the same way distinct lines help define the visual story. The same could be said of shape. Some shape such a squares, rectangles and triangles or keyboards and pyramids typically depicts turning us and solidity. Imagine trying to topple over a pyramid and you'll get my point in a photograph. That solidity also creates status and the lack of visual energy on a triangle. A pyramid upside down, however, and it's prone to topple over all on its own is no longer stable and static is wobbly, andan balanced again. The visual implication is emitted energetically and psychologically so as to create a feeling of uneasiness, an imbalance in the viewer on Because an unbalanced objects suggest movement, it creates visual energy. Triangles can also be leading lines pointing into or out of the image space, drawing attention to the subject or area of the scene or taking you out of the space altogether. They are also strong metaphors. Sharp points are associated with danger and pain, so the triangle...
s formed by the jagged edges of a mountain range, for example, might reminders of a sore or serrated knife. All of these associations implications, metaphors and assumptions transmit emotive energy from the photograph to the viewer on their psychological effects must be considered when you're composing the image circles and ellipses, which have no beginning or end lead nowhere. Instead, they frame and enclose whatever is contained inside them. In this case, May, which holds the viewer's gaze to the exclusion of everything else. In that sense, whether implicit or like an archway, implied circles may be employed as a compositional tool for visually removing distracting detail circles, also a symbol of rhythm and unity. The Olympic emblem, for example, represents the Union of the five continents. However, another word for Enclosed is entrapped, which brings with it connotations of constraint. As with all other shapes, each of these overtones and intimations must be considered when composing a photograph. So how does this work in practice? Well, to answer that question in the next lesson, I'm going to take you back to one of my favorite photographic locations. Marrakech. No