Foot Paths Create Visual Paths

Into the Woods
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
Stevensville, Montana

Photography is a two-dimensional medium representing a three-dimensional world. One of the ways to suggest that three-dimensional reality is to create a feeling of distance or depth in a picture. Including a path that starts at the front or bottom of the image and leads to the back or top of the frame creates a sense of moving from near to far. As the viewer's eye follows this actual path from the physical world, they experience the image as having depth. The path also directs the eye to other parts of the frame, preventing the viewer from getting "stuck" in the middle.

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