Calla’s Curves

Calla 2


“A curved line is the loveliest distance between two points.”

– Anonymous

The calla lilly is one of the most well represented flowers in all of art, whether painting or photography. I suspect it runs neck and neck with the rose.  The calla flower itself is a veritable cone of curls. Here you also get to appreciate the sensuous lines of the leaves as well.

This image is composed almost entirely of curved lines. Curved lines invite the viewer to wander a bit, take a little extra time. Straight lines direct the viewer to a certain spot while curved lines offer alternatives. Paul Klee said that a line is just a dot that went for a walk and in this case the journey is a pleasantly meandering one.

It’s important to let the visual design of an image to allow the subject matter to express it’s natural qualities. Here the sinuous curves tell the calla’s story.

6 responses to “Calla’s Curves

  1. Welcome back, Bob! It is lovely – and an unusual toning to the image too. I think curved lines are the most easy to view and deal with within the frame. They force us to meander slowly – just about the time you might get up speed in one direction, you’re lead the other way back on the curve, so like a country road, you can’t go fast, which enhances the experience of viewing this calla lily.

  2. I like the toning of this as it somewhat subdues any particular detail from becoming overpowering.

    Welcome back, I have been wondering what you have been up to….

  3. Thanks, everyone, for the kind welcome back to the blogging world! I needed a break to recharge my thoughts about art but now it’s time to get back into a rhythm.

    I’ve been very busy the past few months doing a lot of shooting and exploring new ideas about photography. More to come…

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