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Street Photography: Shape the essence with geometry elements

by Editor Marius Cinteză

"If the shutter was released at the decisive moment you have instinctively fixed a geometric pattern without which the photograph would have been formless and lifeless." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

'Geometric' by Hiroharu Matsumoto

The geometry elements have always been an important part of the human cultures symbolism and they should be on the bucket list of every street photographer.
Lines, curves, patterns and basic shapes such as triangles, circles or rectangles give a special flavour to the street compositions and the urban environments are abundant in such elements.
The presence of these elements in the street photography compositions has flourished nowadays since modern architecture evolved in the (large) urban environments. One only need to walk and observe them!

While shooting the street you never know what will happen next, you can only make some assumptions and anticipate the moments.
But whatever happens within the presence of geometry elements it is certainly special, it gives a new dimension and interpretation and it creates strong relationships with the viewer!

Geometry elements in the streets can be part of the composition as subject or background.
Either way, they help shaping the story and highlighting the essence of the street scene. Very often the people presence gives a sense of scale and complements the architectural surroundings abounding of the geometry patterns or basic shapes, thus strengthening the message and adding structure and organisation to the frame.

The geometry fascinated and influenced the important works of street photographers;
from pioneers (e.g. Henri Cartier-Bresson) to contemporary street photographers the geometry was used to enhance the visual experience and to create emotion.

I invite you to discover how the geometry elements give impact and creates structure and balance in the series of street photography below captured by 1x members!

'02' by Fernando Correia da Silva


'Line and Shadow' by Natalia Baras


'geometry of the city' by Wojciech Pokora


'Escape Plan' by Paulo Abrantes


'Enjoying the view' by Jeroen van de Wiel


'One more step' by Aziz Abbassi


'Pattern' by Koji Tajima


'Cycling tour' by Marc Apers


'Along a road' by Keisuke Ikeda @ blackcoffee


n/t by Jian Wang


'Ladder' by Fengshou . Lin 林峰守


'Triangle' by Yasuhiro Takachi


'On the edge of solitude' by NunoAndrade


'Walking The Dogs' by Eduardo Marques


'Hesitancy' by theo huybrechts


'Walking in a triangle' by Sara-le Elbar


'triangulations' by Olinda Coutinho


'Red with red' by Roberto Parola


'chess' by donghee, HAN


'On Spot' by Panfil Pirvulescu


'Days of Static' by Paulo Abrantes


'Com.unique.action' by Carmen Amato


'Black thoughts' by Nuno Rocha


'On the geometric eye' by Ekkachai Khemkum


'Man in a circle' by Inge Schuster


'It is scattered' by Kouji Tomihisa


n/t by Raceala Elena


'Rectangles' by Ibrahim Almulhim


'tu m'as promis' by Bogdan Bousca



Splendid photo collection.
Many thanks, Miro! :-)
Thank you very much, Marius! Excellent article, congratulations!
Many thanks, Olinda! :-)
Dear Marius, excellent work writing this article and putting together several images on this topic. and thank your for selecting one of my photos! roberto
Many thanks, Roberto, for your kind words!
Thank you so much for the selection of my photo
Well deserved, Nuno!
Excellent article and photo selection. Congratulations to all selected authors. Special thanks to Marius and Yvette for this excellent initiative and article. Regards ;)
Thanks for your appreciation, Fernando! Marius did a great job here ...
Thank you so much, Fernando!
I am pleasant to see it! Thank you
Many thanks, Jorge!! :-)
I'm not sure the photos would fall under the "Street" category in a common sense, but you selected awesome works, Marius! Thank you for this visually inspiring article!
Mike, thank you so much! All the credits go to the selected authors! :-)
Very true. For me, there is an artist missing in your collection who perfectly plays exactly this genre, Alexander Schönberg. But probably many others, too.
I know Alex portfolio and he's a great photographer! Very true, again: my series was not intended to be exhaustive and most likely other photographs would perfectly fit in. Many thanks for your comments, Mike!
Very interesting article. Thanks Marius.
Many thanks to you, Wojciech!
Nice photos
Thank you, Mohammed!
Complimenti a tutti
Grazie, Massimo!
Huge thanks for being nominated! Beautiful article indeed! Congratulations, Marius!
Thank you so much, dear Bogdan! Well deserved!!:-)
Fine selection Marius !
Thank you very much, Luc!!
Thanks Marius! Great article.
Many thanks, Jian!
A very interesting article, Marius. A powerful reflection on geometry as an integral objective in a photograph. Congratulations to Marius and all the photographers whose photos have been selected. I am happy that you included my photo. Regards
Thank you for your kind words and appreciation, Natalia|!
Good afternoon. Nice photos. Thank you for the article.
Good afternoon, Siarhei! Thank you! :-)
Very interesting article, Marius! Beautiful gallery of images to document it. Thanks a lot and congratulations to all the selected authors. Cheers, Yvette
Thank you so much, dear Yvette! :-) Have a great Sunday!
Great article ! I'm honored that you choosed my photo. Thank you very much, Marius !
Thank you very much, Elena! Well deserved! :-)
So many thanks, Marius, for the choice of my pics. I´m honored. Great article, congrats. Wish you a great weekend ahead,
You are welcome, Paulo!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the article! Have a wonderful (rest of the) weekend! :-)
Thank you, Marius, for this most interesting study about geometric elements in street photography. Superb gallery of images! Congratulations to all the authors of the selected photographs. Have a great weekend ahead... Cheers, Yvette
Many thanks, dear Yvette! All the credits go to the photographers! Congratulations to all selected authors! :-)
Great pics !
Thank you, Eddy!