Exercise 7. – Real and implied triangles

After analysing horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines, in this exercise I am going to study triangular shapes how they effect the composition of an image. Being one of the simplest shapes, it builds up from two diagonals and one horizontal or vertical lines, creating a form that will inevitably point somewhere, generating a sense of movement and dynamism.

Real triangles

real triangle 1

My first image is a close up of a wooden road board ( Is that the proper word for this? ) showing where the best part of the world is… Yes I am kind of obsessed with them. The yellow diagonals of the board enhances its triangular feature even though the last piece, the vertical is missing.

real triangle 2

Another shot of the Southport bridge here from a different perspective, there are three triangular shapes, looking at it as a whole and the main vertical element of the bridge separates it into to triangular sections as well.

real triangle 3

The last detail shot of a lovely lace top photographed indoors against the window enhances its triangles. Rather obvious, there are many of them, looking at the whole neckline and three smaller, concentric ones towards to the top of the frame.

Implied triangles

implied triangle 1

implied triangle 2

For the second part of this exercise I needed to create still-life arrangements to illustrate implied triangles with the apex at the top and the bottom as well. For my eyes these aren’t particularly pleasing, it doesn’t feel natural nor effortless even though I also tried to position the table and change the viewpoint accordingly.

implied triangle 3

However I found that this element works a lot better with people. I took this photo on a friend’s wedding, since I wasn’t the official shooter, I couldn’t get the angle right without disturbing the pros, nevertheless the composition as the bride and the groom holding hands forming the “bottom” of the triangle and the minister being the “apex” at the top worked well.

It was very interesting to see how the mind sees and finishes the shapes, filling the gaps according to Gestalt theory and how it helps to create interesting images. Now I can consciously look for these elements when I am about to click the shutter button.


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