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Travel Theme: Leading lines

9 Aug

I recently started following a blog called “Where’s my Backpack” where there is a weekly travel theme.  I’ve seen several of them now, but the challenge for this week made me think long enough that I decided to participate for the first time.  It is on leading lines and how in photos we often have something that draws the eye.  For example – on an open road, the line in the middle carries us forward or when you are looking at a rock formation the different layers of rock contribute to a different perspective.

I was going through a few photos and thought about the contrast between natural leading lines and man-made leading lines and then chose these two photos to illustrate that.

The photos were taken last fall when I went to explore Longhua Temple towards the west side of Shanghai.  The first is a shot of the elevated subway – so many lines, all connected and integral for the running of a modern machine.  The second is the leading lines that have been created by the careful cultivation of a grove of bamboo.  I may not be following the challenge directly as it is in the city where I live, but Shanghai is so big that it needs some exploring!

I also have another photo that I took when traveling in northern Michigan earlier this year.  The moon path – the ultimate leading line, leading to hopes and dreams and starry nights.  It’s a sight I don’t see often enough.

If you’d like to see other people’s ideas of what leading lines could be, please go to the Where’s my Backpack link above.

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