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Try These 10 Cool Geometric Photography Ideas

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Geometric photography documents the geometry of the world around us.

In this article, we’ll look at 10 ideas to get you started in geometric photography.

Understand Geometric Photography

Remember geometry at school?

I always found myself fascinated by the way shapes fit together to create spaces.

Admittedly I was never great at the maths, but I do think my interest helped point me in the direction of photography…

Lines, circles, spheres, triangles. Almost every physical aspect of our surroundings can be mapped with geometry.

For photography, geometric imagery describes visual emphasis on bold shapes, lines and patterns.

Common examples of geometric photography are often encountered in architectural imagery.

Geometric subjects can feature in genres like minimalism, abstraction and fashion photography too.

atmospheric photo of the silhouette of a person walking through lines demonstrating geometric photography
Photo by David Werbrouck on Unsplash

10. Lead With Lines

Bold, thin, wavy, sharp, there are countless variations of line in the world.

The geometry of line appeals to the way we visualise our surroundings. They define space, momentum and emphasis.

Lines delineate both conceptual and physical designs. They provide a scaffold for ideas and experiences.

Line can also be a subject in itself, conveying emotion through shape and form.

Leading lines provide a visual path for a viewer. Horizontal/vertical lines allow us to get our bearings within an image.

Line and geometric photography are almost inseparable. It’s the most basic element of visual art.

Detail of a multi windowed glass building demonstrating geometric photography
Photo by isaac sloman on Unsplash

9. Repeat Yourself

Repetition involves repeating a subject many times for greater impact within an image.

With each repetition, a subject is reinforced. This creates a strong foundation for a photograph to operate on.

Repeating geometric patterns is especially effective because it creates a bold statement.

Geometric structures often hinge on repetition. Marrying the two concepts can be easier than you think!

Look for brick walls, windows, tiles, flowers, etc. Many repetitious subjects emphasize geometric qualities at the same time.

Detail of the underneath of a stone pier demonstrating geometric photography
Photo by Keith Misner on Unsplash

8. Suggest Symmetry

Symmetry is the visual balance of one or more subjects within a composition.

Symmetry occurs both naturally and artificially. It is often tied to the geometric properties of a photograph.

It’s visually and psychologically pleasant to encounter. And it adds an even flow to a photograph.

An image doesn’t need to be perfect to achieve the impression of symmetry.

The suggestion of geometric features evenly distributed over an image is enough. It’ll evoke the sensual experience of geometric symmetry in itself.

The interior of a train demonstrating geometric photography
Photo by James Best on Unsplash

7. Use Colour

Colour can liven up a geometric image, snagging a viewer’s eye. But colour also can work on a deeper, more psychological level.

Linked to emotional experience, for many people different colours hold specific meanings.

While red can show passion, blue can denote a sense of calm.

By incorporating colour, you introduce a new layer of experience to geometric photography.

Abstract view of geometric shapes in bright colors
Photo by Daniele Levis Pelusi on Unsplash

6. Try Black and White

Black and white can create evocative imagery. It draws attention to shape and form. It enhances the quality of light that interacts with a geometric surface.

Without the distraction of color, b&w inspires reflection.

Abstract view of geometric shapes in black and white
Photo by Pop & Zebra on Unsplash

5. Go Textural

Texture defines the way an image feels. It allows the viewer to connect with a photograph on a physical level.

Rough, smooth, wrinkly, slippery. Most subjects are made up of one or more textural qualities.

Geometric subjects operate on a variety of textural levels.

Polished metallic leading lines lend an impression of smoothness and modernity.

Weather-worn geometric architecture can feel rough and old.

You can also use geometric elements as a tool to section texture. It enhances each individual textural component by dividing the image into digestible segments.

A textured brick wall painted blue and white - composition geometry
Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

4. Minimize!

Minimalism includes artworks that consist of simple, geometric shapes.

It’s characterised by the singular or repetitious use of forms. These can include squares, rectangles and triangles. Minimalist photography includes inspirational bare-bones imagery.

Over the years, minimalism has evolved. It now features in many different genres of photography.

Geometric minimalism has remained constant. Its aim is to capture the beauty of geometric photography through isolation and composition.

Abstract view of geometric shapes in black and white
Photo by berenice melis on Unsplash

3. Get Some Perspective

Perspective is a powerful tool in the photographer’s toolkit. It often marks the difference between a boring image and an engaging one.

Perspective refers to the spacial relationship between a photographer and a subject.

By adjusting perspective, you control the point at which a viewer enters a photograph.

A photograph taken with a camera on the ground will render one visual experience. A camera positioned above a subject looking down, a different one.

In geometric photography, plenty of subjects appear in mundane situations and settings.

Experiment with the positioning of a camera in relation to a geometric subject. You might create an unusual and intriguing perspective.

Abstract view of the silhouette of geometric shapes against a dusky pink sky
Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash

2. Investigate Organic/Inorganic Subjects

In geometric visual art, shapes and lines are either organic or inorganic.

Organic geometry is flowy, relaxed and smooth. It’s usually found in natural settings.

Inorganic geometry is often sharp, harsh, energetic and human-made.

Drawing a distinction between the two can highlight the underlying themes of a geometric photograph.

If you are looking to express modernity or energy, inorganic geometric subject matter could be ideal.

If you want to cultivate a sense of ease or nature, sourcing organic geometry could be the way to go.

Of course, there is a point where the two can interact together. The organic/inorganic flow or source of the geometric subject will dictate the mood of the image.

Overhead view of patterned leaves forming geometric shapes in nature
Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

1. Find Geometry in Architecture

We have to mention the most popular geometric subject around – architecture.

From ancient history, humans have sought shelter in fabricated structures.

As human dwellings, these structures evolved to be a testament to art as well as ingenuity.

Recording geometrical features in architectural photography speaks to our desire for order.

Detail of a modernist architectural building of geometric shapes
Photo by Kimon Maritz on Unsplash

Conclusion

Geometric photography appeals to viewers who seek aesthetic studies of the physical world.

By focusing on geometry, you can create engaging photography. And it’s grounded in an innate human tendency to try and make order out of our visual environment.

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