This is my learning log for TAOP exercise 2-6, “Curves”.

The exercise asked me to go out and make 4 photographs which use curves to emphasize movement and direction. So after I finished viewing World Press Photo 2012 on Monday, I had a stroll around Southbank looking for diagonals for exercise 2-5 and curves for this exercise.

It quickly became apparent that the urban landscape offers far more rigid lines, be they horizontal, vertical or diagonal, than gentle curves. So in the end I had to pick Picture 4 from a few weekends ago to demonstrate natural curves.

Picture 1: Merry Go Around and London Eye

There are multiple sets of curves in this photo. The curves of the merry go-around, together with the motion blur, emphasizes the speed of the ride and lead the eye from right to left. Rather than moving out of the picture, the viewer’s eye then follows the London Eye’s curve back to the merry go around.

Picture 2: Westminster Embankment

Picture 2: Westminster Embankment

The gentle curve of Westminster Embankment, emphasized by the white headlights and red taillights of traffic, gives the photo a 3 dimensional feeling, and directs the viewer’s eye towards St Stephen’s Tower in the background.


Picture 3: Victoria St

The architect of this building on Victoria St must have heard my prayer for curves. The building itself is curved, and the blue of the separations between the different storeys create a subtle left to right movement. The roof’s vastly more dramatic curve gives the building energy and visual impact.

Sand's End and Whitby

Picture 4: Sand’s End bay and Whitby

In this picture from Sand’s End, with Whitby in the distance, the curve of the bay helps to create a frame within the frame. It supports the movement in the whitecapped waves, and leads the viewer’s eyes from the foreground, around the bay, towards Whitby in the distance.