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Gallery Fifty Four: Opposing diagonals – composing with triangles

When you review my gallery on photographic composition (Gallery Nine) as well my gallery on the use of diagonals in composition (Gallery Fifty One) you will probably notice many examples that also use triangular compositions to organize images for meaning. A triangle is essentially built by opposing diagonals, anchored on a horizontal line. So important is the triangle to composition that I’ve devoted this entirely gallery to its application.

Triangular flow in composition can relate one key element to two others. It helps our eye travel to three separate points in dynamic motion. The figure or subject at the peak of the triangle can be made to appear superior. If the triangle is reversed, the figure at the bottom can appear weaker. Triangles are not only pleasing to the eye, but they can make an image more coherent, more dynamic in form, and can create a frame within a frame.

Triangles also can be symbolic in their own right. For example, if we design a picture as a pyramid, it can define a hierarchy or imply divinity.

I begin this gallery with a group of images using triangles that I made in Vietnam at the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. I hope to add additional examples of triangular organization from images made on future trips as well.

I present this gallery in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.