I read an interesting article the other day about lines being the basic element of any piece of art, and it got me thinking about how often times when I’m taking macro photography shots, everything turns into lines or shapes. I also think that the reason photos become so compelling when these two elements are broken down is because lines are what draw you into the photo, or into the direction of what you want the viewer to look at, and as you get closer to your subject its shape starts to turn it into something more abstract than recognizable. Abstract photography (here are some great examples) can make you think a little bit more about how something was created or the texture of an object you wouldn’t normally notice. I tend to think of a zoomed in leaf that displays all the ridges, lines and hairs that you usually overlook.
The photo below is my examination of the shapes and lines in a glass window.
I made sure to line up this photo in between the shadows formed by the house outside to accentuate certain parts of the window and hide others.
So the next time you take a walk with your camera, before you snap the picture look around at the “lines” in front of you and see how you might be able to use them to add something to your next shot by working with them rather than against them.