Horizontal and Vertical Lines part two, examples from Otto Umbehr

I continue thinking about horizontal and vertical lines. The reader mentions quite some examples of lines of which I hadn't thought about before. For example the mass of objects seen from a low angle. I still have to wrap my mind around this concept and will try to take a photo or two. The same with the row of objects seen from a high viewpoint, with the sun directly behind or in front of the camera.

I have been reading 'Photography - The whole story', a book which gives an overview o the most important photos, photographers and streams in the history of photography. I have just finished the part about the photographers in the 20s and 30s. In this period photographers experimented a lot with light and shadows and were very focused on shapes and lines in their images. The ones of Otto Umbehr's 'Temple of Light are really striking examples of how shadows can create lines an image. 

Otto Umbehr, photo taken from http://temple-of-light.blogspot.com/2011/02/otto-umbehr.html. Beautiful example of vertical lines created by the shadow of back sunlight.

Otto Umbehr, photo taken from http://temple-of-light.blogspot.com/2011/02/otto-umbehr.html. Beautiful example of vertical lines created by the shadow of back sunlight.

Mystery of Street, Otto Umbehr. See how the horizontal lines give a much more mysterious, dynamic feel to the image!

Mystery of Street, Otto Umbehr. See how the horizontal lines give a much more mysterious, dynamic feel to the image!

I can see how horizontal and vertical lines divide the frame and give a static feel to it. Just look at the differences of these pictures of Otto Umbehr. These are two almost identical shots, only with taken from different angles, but the feel of the images is very different.

Since there's a lot of sunshine in Senegal, I want to explore this concept more, which I have already done in a few photographs with diagonals. Coming up soon!