Dominance of Direction





The feeling of action and movement in this photograph are a result of the dominant diagonal direction. Apart from the soft horizon, the image contains only diagonal lines, echoing the shape of the weapon the figure is about to release.

Further impact is added to the photograph by the low vantage point and the shallow depth of field.

By Herbert Basedow (1881–1933) (National Museum of Australia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Herbert Basedow (1881-1933) Luritja man demonstrating method of attack with boomerang under cover of shield. (1920)

A wetland paperbark forest is densely packed with trees, all struggling for light. The overwhelming dominance of vertical lines is rarely relieved, but the variation in size and the odd stray angled sapling keep the forest interesting.

Wetland Paperbarks showing dominance of direction

Paperbark Forest