We see lines everywhere. Most the time we simply do not pay attention to them, but as photographers we want to be more aware of lines and incorporate them into our photographs in ways that make our photographs better. We can do this by understanding how lines bring either order or disorder to our photographs.
Whether we realize it or not, we do incorporate lines in all of our photographs. We do this in both subtle ways and in dynamic ways. Look for the lines in the photos in this blog. Take note of how they bring order or disorder to each photograph.
Well-used lines in a photograph bring order. Poorly used lines bring disorder. In the introduction to the photo tips series, we read that art is not random. Because art is not random we are drawn to art that has order. Our universe speaks of order. God is a God of order and we were created to live in an ordered universe.
The Wilderness of Order
We see this order in the nature around us. The Hebrew word used in the Bible for wilderness, “midvar”, is closely related to the Hebrew word “davar” meaning order. God’s natural creation is a place of order. If God being the very first artist created with order, we then should follow His example when we create art. Lines help bring order to our photos and other artwork.
The lines in the photograph of the lake in Glacier National Park (Top photo) clearly show how lines bring order to a photograph. The dominant lines in the photo direct the viewer’s eyes to central point of interest.
Order can also be seen in patterns. Lines reveal patterns. The mountain range and sky in the photograph from Rocky Mountain National Park demonstrate how lines create patterns. The repeating patterns are seen in the lines displayed in the mountain peaks and in the clouds bring order in the photograph.
Order in Our Art and Our Lives
When we remember that God is a God of order our photographic art will demonstrate order. It makes sense that not only our art should be in order, but also our lives. The Bible calls us to order our lives according to His word. Psalm 119:105 says, “From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” His word gives us a path—a line—to follow in life. Let’s treasure that word as a precious piece of art. “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11.
Now it’s your turn. Go and get some great lines shots. I’d love to see what you’ve shot. Email me you photos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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