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| p.1 #3 · Back facing and long leading line - is this working at all? |
I get stuck looking at the subject, and have to fight to move around the scene. The leading line is good, however, though it's working in the reverse.
In our culture, we read left to right. Having done this for the better part of our lives (regardless of our age), we have subconsciously accepted that the progression from left to right represents forward progression, growth, expanse and so on.
Most imagery in Western culture follows this form, and viewers never consider that it's a conscious manipulation from the creator. Think of most of the successful logos you've seen, they all seem to optically travel left to right.
If you were to watch a Kurosawa film (Japan), you'd find that most of his compositions treat hierarchy from the top of the frame, down to the bottom, with the more prominent subject matter toward the top. In Japanese culture, traditional paintings and written documents are read from top to bottom, not left to right.
Long story short, your leading line is great in theory, though to my eyes, it pulls me right out of the frame by the time I get around to it. Your subject is on the left, but there's not much left to get me around the scene, and there's not much happening in the background along the left edge of the frame.
Understand where I'm coming from?