Curves

Before reading the part about curves, I had never thought about the curved shapes that can be implied in images and how they pull the eye in. I like the smoothness and elegance that curves bring to images and was excited to take some of these pictures on the island of Goree. 

 Even though the diagonal and horizontal lines are pretty dominant, the curves of the openings bring a very graceful feel to the image. Maybe I should have shown this picture in black and white, to eradicate the yellow that stresses the smoothness even more, so that it would just show the effect of the shape. But it is just too pretty :-)

Even though the diagonal and horizontal lines are pretty dominant, the curves of the openings bring a very graceful feel to the image. Maybe I should have shown this picture in black and white, to eradicate the yellow that stresses the smoothness even more, so that it would just show the effect of the shape. But it is just too pretty :-)

 I'm not overly excited about this photo. There are a lot of curves, but the low angle from which it is taken directs the eye upwards instead of in the building. With the curves inside and pulling the eye as well, there is no clear direction in the image. If taken from a higher point, more of the inner entrances would have been visible and the eye would have been pulled inward.

I'm not overly excited about this photo. There are a lot of curves, but the low angle from which it is taken directs the eye upwards instead of in the building. With the curves inside and pulling the eye as well, there is no clear direction in the image. If taken from a higher point, more of the inner entrances would have been visible and the eye would have been pulled inward.

 This image is full of implied curves. The heads of the girls dancing in the front imply a circle, stressing their movements. The group of people behind them form a sort of oval shape. The eye is directed from the front to the back and curving all the way to the people on the pier.

This image is full of implied curves. The heads of the girls dancing in the front imply a circle, stressing their movements. The group of people behind them form a sort of oval shape. The eye is directed from the front to the back and curving all the way to the people on the pier.

 The curve of the stair creates a movement upward. This is accentuated because the steps go from broad to narrow, the contrast with the square tiles and the play of light and shadows.

The curve of the stair creates a movement upward. This is accentuated because the steps go from broad to narrow, the contrast with the square tiles and the play of light and shadows.