Exercise: Curves (TAoP)

Take four photographs using curves to emphasize movement and direction.

The aim of this exercise is to show how curves can add a feeling of movement and direction as well as grace, smoothness and elegance to an image.
At first glance I was slightly unsure of what kind of ‘curves’ this exercise required. Curves are EVERYWHERE! This course is all about interpretation, so there is no right or wrong – with this in mind I took to the streets to see what unusual curves i could capture. Again, weather permitting ,I wanted to try to stay clear of the obvious examples such as curved steps, roads/railway lines etc.



This curve is unmissable. I like how it creates an overhang and is very prominent set against the static horizontal and vertical lines. It certainly adds smoothness to a rather rigid image. The eye instinctively follows the curve from let to right.



The curve in the footpath here leads your eye along the waters edge and towards the trees in the centre of the image – thus conveying movement through the use of curves.

curve 3


This picture of a ukulele uses curves to convey a feeling of smoothness and grace. Your eye follows the lines from top to bottom of the image. At first I wasn’t too keen on the black vertical lines (strings) being in the image, but on second thoughts I think it contrasts with the curves nicely. The shadow in the centre also produces an aesthetic crescent like curve.

curve 5


The curves in this image are almost light tight curls. They are very pleasing to the eye and form a pattern/sequence. The bottom curves to the right are lost against the dark background (the shrub) but the formation is repeated in a smaller scale on the higher railings. There is also a slight curve in the tree to the left which i think adds some interest to the picture.

I have learnt from this exercise that landscape curves tend to convey movement, whereas smaller curved details work at conveying smoothness etc.

Again, the weather was not great while i was out – bring on spring!!

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