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Romanticising Geometry in Photography

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Composition in photography — flirt with the curves, dance with the lines, and be in harmony with the elements around you.

In photography, geometrical elements in a composition, relate to the balance and structure of forms within a picture. Though rarely used as the subject, it serves an important role in helping compose an interesting street photo.

Great masters, like Henri Cartier Bresson, Josef Koudelka, and Steve McCurry, to name just a few, perfected this approach in their photographs. They saw elements, and visually arranged them in the camera viewfinder. They transformed what could be a normal picture and made it more appealing than it really was.

Geometrical elements in a photograph force the eyes to linger on it (at least for a couple of minutes or longer). Letting the eyes slide with the curves; blend in with the medley of shapes; submit to its uniformity thus making it an effective photograph.

It brings out something what no one might have seen in a photograph. These elements are present everywhere. They throw themselves willingly to the photographer. The challenge now is to be strictly mindful and observe with great sensitivity to framing the arrangement of these elements.


On being an Independent Photographer

A Singapore - based photographer and a multidisciplinary Creative Director, Melvin Mapa's enthusiasm for photography came about at an early age of 7 when his parents gave him a KODAK 110 camera which he uses to take pictures of his family and neighbours. Having both parents as community servants, he grew up socially-aware and this was pivotal in his ingenuity as a photographer.

If not doing creative projects or street photography, Melvin spend his time working on self-funded documentary projects.

To see more of his work, visit him at or catch him at

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