The eye will follow a line. Whether that’s a power line, the shadow of a tree, or the line created by several sheep standing on a hillside, the eye will follow it. It’ll even follow a line that doesn’t really exist, like when a boy looks across the frame at something on the other side of the image—we’ll always follow that eye-line. Here are some questions to consider when you’re choosing to include or exclude lines, and deciding how to place them once they’re in your frame:
• Is this line leading somewhere? In other words, is there a payoff? If you allow that line there, and you let me follow it, please let it take me somewhere.