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.

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.

Paperbark Forest


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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      



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