October Lines And Squares

Hanging garden
Hanging garden

Hohner Erica button accordion carried by a morrisman
Hohner Erica button accordion
Blue art glass by Craig Mitchell Smith
Blue art glass
Shop window with reflected buildings in Manchester's Northern Quarter
Window shopping, Northern Quarter, Manchester

Running throughout the month of October, Becky’s Lines&Squares challenge will make you realise that every photo you’ve ever taken has at least one line in it.

My submissions feature multiple sets of lines that are confusing if we allow the eye to trace them all, comparing and contrasting, particularly the picture of reflections in a city shop window. In each picture, we have to step back from exploring the lines to see the whole: an interesting exercise.

28 Replies to “October Lines And Squares”

  1. Nice variety – fab here is the blue art glass- it almost looked like a glass water bottle with one of those blue plastic coverings – ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. At the beginning of my botanical drawing classes, the instructor declared that our drawings would have no lines. Lines were forbidden! I was confounded — how does one draw without lines? And that is when the entire concept of The Line became engrossing to me. I love all these images and their expressions of Line.

      1. Yes, I did: the appearance of a line was to be accomplished with infinitesimally fine shading. She said there were no lines in nature and therefore no lines in botanical drawing. It really did change my way of seeing. It also changed my back because of the hours hunched over the drawing board.

        1. For better, for worse then. I find myself agreeing with HeyJude (below) that nature does have lines, but can see the benefit in labouring through art to persuade us it does not. And, as always, it depends on interpretation – nature does not have two dimensional ones, which is perhaps the point of her ‘lines’.

  3. You are quite right that these challenges do make us think more about our photography. Lines are everywhere and I disagree with the art teacher who said there are no lines in nature. Has she never looked at a leaf? To my mind those veins are distinctly lines.

    1. My instinct is to think nature does have lines, but she was making a point by being outrageous as it is not as easy to represent them as we might expect. I have no experience of botanical drawing unfortunately, but it is perhaps like the rules that say we should not end a sentence with a preposition or split an infinitive.

  4. Lovely set of photos. The hanging garden looks like a lovely place to sit and just enjoy life. I suspect those plumb bobs get touched by children (and adults) a lot.

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