This is my learning log for TAOP exercise 2-5, “Diagonals”.

The exercise asked me to go out and make 4 photographs which use diagonals strongly. So after I finished viewing World Press Photo 2012 yesterday, I had a stroll around Southbank looking for diagonals. Here are four of the examples I came up with.

Picture 1: Houses of Parliament, with Westminster Bridge in the foreground

The lane markings on Westminster Bridge, and the iconic London doubledecker, creates strong diagonal lines in this picture of The Houses of Parliament. The diagonals don’t work perfectly as leading lines, since the vanishing point is to the right of what is intended as the image’s focal point.

Picture 2: The London Eye

In this example, the strong diagonals created by the blue lights in the trees and their reflection on the wet walkway works far better as leading lines, since they lead the viewer’s eye into the picture and all meet exactly where the attention is meant to be focused: On the London Eye.

Picture 3: Christmas market stall

In this example the diagonal lines are made up by the shelf and also by the merchandize creating “imagined lines” each made up of many points receding into the distance..

Picture 4: Windmill on top of hog roast stall at Christmas market (aka “sometimes creativity and impact trumps class”)

By applying a dutch tilt, the verticals and horizontals of The Hog Roast stall have become diagonals injecting a bit of drama and dynamic into the image. I particularly like the wind mill. If a market stall needs more of a visual impact, just add a windmill on top. It’s bound to attract the punters.