Line Addict

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L is for my line addiction.

                                                                                                                                                       
I took a cinematography class so that I could properly communicate with camera people when directing a film. Although I’m not intimidated by the technical, sometimes mathematical aspects of photography, I’m not particularly fond of them. But ironically, the more artistic your shot, whether still or moving, the more it requires technical knowledge.

How to create, adjust, compensate for light. Depth. Space. Line. Tone. Numerous other factors figure into your visual design.

I had no idea.

The cinematography class opened my eyes, both literally and figuratively. I learned about converging lines and how they create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional space. I probably shouldn’t, but I call that the triangle tip.

While playing around and capturing images on my cracked phone, I began to take interest in triangle tips that had nothing to with actual triangles. In time, lines led to me seeing and capturing shapes, then patterns of shapes.
 

Line31. The tallest escalator I could’ve imagined transports you to the earth’s core, otherwise known as the A train on 181 st. in New York. The most surreal aspect was finding myself utterly alone in the space. Then again, it was 3 a.m.
2. The sandy color and the brush of palm tree was enough for me to imagine an Egyptian pyramid.
 
 

Line43. Speeding to JFK above railroad tracks and a smattering of snow.
4. Painted stripes and yellow railing in Providence, RI create a strikingly similar image to its companion picture.
 
 

Line55 & 6. Every day elements taken out of context to look like almost extra-terrestrial implements.
 
 

Line27 & 8. Triangles.
 
 

Line69 & 10. Triangle patterns.
 

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9 comments

  1. If
    I could
    Give you a
    Tip, I so would
    Yet in so doing I
    Would leave you out of
    Balance, so I won’t;
    I everso hope
    You don’t
    Mind.

    1. Me mind? No, never. Although tipping over is sometimes fun.

      1. It is when it happens after spinning around and around in circles

  2. Paul · · Reply

    Such cool pictures GG. Awesome.

    1. I’m almost through with these pictorials, and between you and me, I can’t wait.

  3. Love these! Gorgeous photos and confirmation that I need to take a photography class. The technical aspects escape me.

    1. Oh good, so glad you like them. I got a lot out of the cinematography class, and I’ve been meaning to take photography too. I don’t think anyone ever regrets taking a photography class.

  4. Man, are you TALENTED! These shots are amazing… You have SUCH an incredible eye- photography, writing, cinematography, theater, modeling, acting… what CAN’T you do? A bit of a creative genius you are…

    1. You’re far too kind and you definitely wouldn’t want to see me up on stage these days: no practice and painful self-consciousness don’t make for good acting!

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