A place to think about composition in photography

Understanding how we read photographs – descent or ascent?

I am interested in the way different cultures perceive composition in photographs.

In the English-speaking world we are taught to read from left to right.  This convention applies to information that is presented to us in the form of spreadsheets, charts and graphs as well as text.

This photograph was composed with this convention in mind:


Wall and tree above Buckden

The wall forms a sweeping curve underlining the focal point of the tree.

Tension is reduced arranging the curve in this way because most viewers read images from left to right giving this strong element associations of a smooth descent.

What I am interested to find out is:  Do people from other cultures that read from right to left, perceive this photograph in the same way?

Please do leave me comments I’m fascinated to know about this.


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