Exercise 6: Implied Lines

Looking at implied lines now, for example, lines that are created by the absence of solid lines for something that implies that there is a line, or a reason for drawing your eye across an image. This can be done with the idea pointing with objects, eye contact and where the subject is or isn’t looking and also movement, the line in which it seems a subject is moving within the image. Firstly I was asked to look at two images from the course guide and annotate where the implied lines may be, as seen below.

LinesBoth of these images use implied lines suggestively and brilliantly, initially in the image on the left, the movement of the bull and the matador in conjunction compliment each other, both obvious in movement. The movement and lines are extensions of one another in both images and add to the perceived depth in the image. In the second image, the implied lines are even more obvious, the position of the horses head adds to the feeling of movement and desire to reach a destination along the line shown. I found when analysing these images and thinking on the direction it was very easy to over do it, I found that not only due to the large amount of movement in the image but also that the images have a multitude of directions that started to become very difficult to differentiate between them.

Previously taken images:

IMG_2045This first image of previously taken is a very simple and easy to understand implied line, the subject is naturally looking down at the paper, easily followed by the eyes.
IMG_5934This image is an interesting example of implied lines, where in the first two images we had a multitude of directions, in this image we have one simple point where everyone is looking at, there focus is intently on. I think this makes for a good sports photography image, the timing and form of the image and subjects works really well.
IMG_6206As opposed to the previous images this image has an element of obvious movement and direction, coupled with a number of implied lines crossing the image. This works well as the subject in the foreground is predominantly the force within this image and the determination in his facial expression only adds to the implied line.

Two images taken for this exercise:

IMG_3269This first image shows implied lines from a point or extension of a line, these three street signs that run parallel all point in the same direction down a road and I felt they take the viewers eye along them to what might me beyond the image, I feel in hindsight if I had chosen a different angle and shown more of what was down the road it may have made a better image but there is a road to the left and didn’t think of it at the time. IMG_2140This image intrigued me when I took it, the eye contact from the subject is at the camera, thus giving the aline of looking down the subject and this gives us an interesting question on what she is seeing or may be thinking. I am unsure if this is necessarily what was thought of in the course guide but I felt it was an interesting take on the eye line image.

This exercise has really improved my understanding of implied lines in photography, it was something although I was aware of but perhaps I didn’t give it much thought when composing the images I had taken. I think as shown in the exercise it is an extremely important aspect of portrait and sport photography, while also it would be important in wildlife as well.




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