When photographing the scenes around me, I’m obviously very drawn to the people and things around me. But I’m also very drawn to the lines and shapes within a scene.
Perhaps it’s from being a street photographer and not having the ability to see vast landscapes, thus being forced to make the confines of my concrete jungle appear more visually appealing. It may also stem back to my high school art classes, where I would mark a point on my page, or often somewhere on my desk that was off my page, which would be the anchor for my leading lines in the drawing I was about to create. I learned that the placement of that anchor point was vital to the success, believability, and realism of my art.
For me, lines often play a large part of the story I’m trying to tell in my images. For instance, the lines in the farm image below all lead to the same place, a central barn, and convey a story about the barren landscape, as farm country often is. The convergence of these lines bring the three colours in my image to a single anchored point on the page.
The gallery below shows a sampling of how I have used the convergence of lines to tell a story. The lines either tell a story of sparseness, as in the image above; of grandeur, as in many of the building images below; or as a way to teleport us into the mind’s eye of the people in my street images so we gain a sense of what they’re experiencing in the moment, where they’re going, or where they’ve been.
Convergence is everywhere in our world, and without it our own little worlds may not be as interesting… at least photographically speaking.