2013 Challenge, Week 11: Geometry

One of my favorite subjects way back in high school was geometry. Yeah, I know some of you are cringing right now, but I loved it. That could be one of the reasons I love photography – the relationships between shapes and lines draws me into a photo. Just consider the definition:

Geometry – a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. – from Wikepedia

That sounds a lot like what we consider with composing a photo, so your homework this week is geometry.

Think about shapes, lines, and how they intersect to make a great photo. Strong lines can make a great photo, like this stairwell.


“Geometries” by Paco CT

Or take something very common, and change the perspective to see how the lines and shapes come together.


“Pilon_1128” by davidcoxon

OK, I like stairwells, so here’s another example of strong lines making shapes.

Stair geometry

“Stair geometry” by tanakawho

Buildings often combine shapes to form compelling shapes.

[ human in geometry ]

“[ human in geometry ]” by [ changó ]

A word of caution on buildings – this challenge is about the shapes and lines, not architecture. Concentrate on the geometry, not the architectural elements of buildings. But if you spot good architecture, make a note. You might need it later this year.

For this week, consider the geometry around you and use that to make a great photo.

About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.