26 Weeks Camera Challenge #13: Lines and lines and lines. / by Simeon Smith

I know, I know, I skipped a week, we're half-way through the project, and momentum has slowed down for me. I'll get there. We'll get there. Together. I promise. 


One of the things I love most about art is how much of it we can understand through science. From colour to viewpoints, to what makes our heart race, perception is a weird mix of our senses and the way our brain processes this information, cross referencing it with our previous experiences. I'm not that knowledgeable on why we find some things fascinating and others not so much, but I sure like to capitalise on these ways. 

A great way of drawing a viewer in is to use leading lines, framing your subject or that provide movement or depth to your photography. 

This week, try shooting pictures with clear leading lines. 


1. What other things seem to be hardwired into our psyche as "visually pleasing"? 

2. What things seem universally unappealing?

3. Are there any techniques that are the "marmite" of photography, either you love them or you hate them? Why might we have these reactions?

26 WEEKS is a camera challenge I’m putting together to help someone through their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. You can follow along here on the the blog, but it’s best to start at the beginning. Here’s what we’ve already covered: 

Week 1: Do You. 

Week 2: Find Your Masters.

Week 3: Study Your Masters.

Week 4: Kill Your Masters. 

Week 5: The One Thing.

Week 6: Depth of Field. 

Week 7: Blur.

Week 8: We Were Made In The Dark.

Week 9: Forget Everything.

Week 10: Shoot a Stranger. 

Week 11: Pick a Colour

Week 12: You're only as good...