Not too long ago my son and I were looking at power lines…those big metal structures made up of lots of crossing lines that also hold up more lines. And then some weeks later, I found myself noticing more power lines in a different place. I’m drawn to the lines and angles…and to the question, why are there more power lines in poorer communities?
And thinking about those lines got me looking for other lines…like these that make up the water tower in a small coastal town in northern CA.
Or these on the lifeguard tower along the pier in San Clemente. (Notice the line of the pier railing and then the railings and the scaffolding of the tower above)
Some lines are more organic, like the lines along the cliff that delineate the different rock compositions. Up close you can see the a line of conglomerate pebbles about halfway up the cliffs.
The surfboards lined up against this building are each a line individually and then come together to make a line of boards against the wall.
Nature seems to like lines too. Like the line of this milkweed stalk behind the caterpillar. (I’m loving these seed pods that burst open and expose fuzzy seeds that take off in the breeze…almost like dandelion puffs!)
And the rotational symmetry of this plant, with lines emerging from the center, spreading in all directions.
So starting looking for lines in your photos. The straight lines of buildings or the more organic lines found in nature. Are the lines made of something else? A row of trees? Scraps of fabric? Your child’s toys?
You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!)
I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #lines for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.
So, find the lines in your life and share them with the rest of us! I know I can’t wait to see lines through your lens!