After more than a decade of teaching introductory and advanced photography courses in college, I find myself returning to some of the most fundamental concepts that influence how human beings see. Today, with a light snow falling I walked down to the Mount Saint Scholastica cemetery to look for a few images that I could use in my classes. I wanted to focus on the importance of eye movement and specifically framing and composing through the use of light, line, patterns, and shapes.
One of the hardest things to teach students is to be aware of the edges of the frame/viewfinder. Since photography is a process of substraction, everything inside the viewfinder must be their because the photographer intended it that way.
This seems like such a simple composition, and it is. The intention is to draw attention to how the human eye moves about the frame. In this example, the movement is horizontal, which is a very different experience for the viewer than vertical framing.
The lines in this image move the eye both throughout the frame vertically and horizontally.