The assignment was “Lines.” I had my eyes tuned in for linear elements including directional and leading lines. Good lines are like good bones, or a good haircut. They help structure an the image and influence one’s impression. Lines drive the eye into an image and can move it along a desired path. Unintentionally, lines are capable of leading an eye out of an image, too.
I have heard from art teachers, photography experts and instructors that people instinctively move their eyes from the left to right, and rest on the right side. I believe this reflects a cultural bias of the Western world; or perhaps the right-handed world. Consider, for example, that readers of Hebrew are used to moving right to left, and are likely accustomed to resting on the left side of an image, too. And what of us left-handed, right-brained photographers and image viewers? The conclusion I draw is that a composition will be effective if the lines do their job.