Looking up at a spiral staircase
Architecture,  Lens-Artists,  Photographic techniques,  Themed galleries,  Wildlife and nature

Gallery: monochrome curves

Curves are so emotional

Piet Mondrian

The world is full of curves. A bend in the road; a gently drooping flower; the arch of a bridge; a spiral staircase. Animals curl up to sleep or to feel safer. Leaves gradually unfurl. The wind shapes a sand dune daily into new curves, and with time water does the same to hard rocks.

For the photographer curves are a blessing. They lead the viewer’s eye into and through the image. They can be as simple as an arch or take the form of an S, a spiral or a complete circle.

For Ann Christine’s Lens Artists Challenge on the topic I’ve trawled my archives to find examples from both the natural and the man-made world. And to emphasise the curves I’m presenting all my shots in black and white. A few were shot that way; the remainder were converted using Silver Efex Pro.

The natural world

Sand dunes with small group of people on one

Wahiba Sands, Oman, at sunset


Dramatic rocks

The City of Rocks, New Mexico


Black and white photo of a flamingo reflected in water

Flamingo feeding at the Salar de Atacama, Chile


Face and neck of a swan

Swan on the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens, London


Coils of a snake

Emerald Tree Boa in Jersey Zoo


Black and white photo of an elephant

Elephant in Chobe National Park, Botswana


Coiled fern about to open

New fern emerging, Monteverde, Costa Rica


Stem with leaves climbing a wall

Climbing plant in the Quiet American Bar, Hoi An, Vietnam


Man-made curves

Looking up at a spiral staircase

The Tulip Staircase in the Queen’s House, Greenwich, London

(the staircase in my featured photo is in the Cape May lighthouse, New Jersey)


Dramatic black and white photo of curved building and bridge

Sage music venue and Tyne Bridge; the view from Gateshead, north east England


Arched structure in black and white

Gateshead Millennium Bridge, north east England


Curved portico with classical sculpture

Above the entrance to the Galleria Umberto I in Naples, Italy


Arches above the door to a church

San Giacomo Maggiore in Bologna, Italy


Interior of an arched building

In the Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam


Detail of skyscraper
Black and white photo of a modern building

Two from New York City: the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum


Coiled metal rail against a stone wall

Hand rail in Tallinn, Estonia


Sculpture of a large shell

At an art exhibition in La Conner, Washington State


Sculpture of a couple kissing

And to finish, some of the most sensuous curves of all, Rodin’s Kiss

In the museum devoted to his work in Paris

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