Point, Line, Plane: Lillie Williams

Points, lines, and planes are what create and connect designs together. Points are the singular elements that can form a line and create the length. For example, think of a line of ants and how one ant follows the other. They are each a small part of the line and are like the “points”. The plane is an extended version of a line that has more width. The plane takes up more space.


A point created and photographed by Lillie Williams

In my first photograph I have a point. We can tell it is a point because it has a certain position, there is specific coordinates (x,y) in the space. We know that it is in a precise location because there is nothing else around the paint spot. The camera was taken from a certain distance away. If the photograph was taken at a closer distance or the dot was larger and filled the entire space, then we would not have a point. The parameters we give the spot changes the image that is created. Therefore, it is important that the space is shown and we can see the contrast between the point and the space.


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A line created and photographed by Lillie Williams

My second photograph shows lines because there is not just a singular point. There is a flow that creates a connection between different points. A line can have a different weights (thickness) and in my photograph I kept the weight smaller. The texture of the point is smooth and there is a thin line because there is more space on each side of the paint. When the weight is heavier and the paint covers more space then it is no longer called a line, but a plane.

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A plane created and photographed by Lillie Williams

My third photograph is a plane shown in the paint. The reason it is now a plane is because it has extended beyond the boundaries of a line. The book says how “a plane is a flat surface extending in height and width”. A line is different because it focuses more on height. The plane focuses on height, but also more on width. It takes a larger area filling up the negative space that a line produces.

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