Question, you need to go out and look for specific examples of horizontal and vertical lines and photograph them. To start with just tackle 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 rare or common they are. The aim of the exercise is to find some of the different ways in which horizontal and vertical lines appear to the eye and camera. You should produce four examples of vertical and four of horizontal and as far as you can avoid in repeating the way in which a line appears. For instance if you photograph the vertical lines of a tall building as one example don’t repeat it. In each photograph try to subordinate the content of the picture to the line. The most successful examples will be those in which the first thing a viewer would notice.
Please click above image to enlarge. I believe this image uses a graphing quality enclosing the view of the window.
Vertical lines attract us to the window of the view from this lounge area. One would expect such large windows to show an amazing view. The view here is of a shipyard but the effect of the lines is felt. I feel as if the lines bring my attention straight to the window. I first examine them and then the view and finally the seating in order to understand the entire image. I note that it is hard to have vertical lines without horizontal coming into play. The horizontal lines bring us to the seating to give us a sense of location however the also create a frame and division of the view.
This wooden plank and the natural lines of the wood takes us from the bottom of the picture to the top. I liked the colours in this image. I tried it in black and white and without adjustment in post production it did not have the same aesthetic effect. The lines are only one factor in how we feel and how we look at this image. Looking back now on this assignment having completed art of photography and awaiting assesment I not that the lines are in fact more horizontal due to the perspective and lens chosen. To create a vertical line it would have been better to take the plank of wood from above and perhaps without all the irregular detail.
The most obvious of vertical lines people. This religious procession in Malta caught my attention and the poles they are carrying only emphasise the Vertial lines of the people. It is possible however that the faces pull us in first and then the lines. People have a stronger pull. However the entire image is made up of the vertical lines of the people and the poses they are carrying. I note again looking back on this assignment pre assesment that my verticals are in fact a bit slanted/ diagonal this should be noted in future when taking picture to make sure intended vertical lines are straight in my composition. However for this image I believe the verticals ie the people are still the main cause of our attention. I would describe them as having an expressive association.
This abstract image the bolts in a vertical line cause us to look along the image and I believe call our attention to it to consider what it is. I find that I first looked at the vertical line and then to the rest of the image in order to comprehend it.
These trees stumps created very strong vertical lines. Again returning to these exercises for reviewing pre assesment I note that they are in fact digaonals created by perspective.
The image below was originally a horizontal image of a row of arches in a town in Italy. I have changed it to black and white and turned 90 degrees as I like the effect it created. I would like to spend more time on this image and also bring out more detail of the stripped paint which represents the decaying on this town and so much of which is evident in Italy although it adds to its charm as a tourist perhaps not for those living there. It will be my aim to become more adapt at image editing in the future in order to do this.
The image below was what felt like a tree funeral. An area full of dried tree trunks used for commercial work lying around. These particular horizontal tree stumps created a window into the urban world through rusting bars where we could see the urban world. This urban world is the cause of our disappearing forests and trees and I felt this image defined it while also showing strong lines.
I originally took this as a Horizontal Image however perhaps the vertical/ Diagonal lines are more catching. It is also difficult to have one type of line without the other. All of the images are a combination thereof.