Visual Depth – Featured Art Prints

One of the aspects of a good art print or photograph is the ability of the visual display (art print or photograph) to pull your eye into the scene. A quick left to right scan is not pulling your visual interest into the presentation. There needs to be an aspect of the picture that pulls your eye further into the scene. Sometimes, this is an interesting aspect of the subject matter presented and sometimes it’s the simple visual stimuli of depth. Depth in a picture creates an interest for the eye to look further into the composition of the print. One of the easiest ways to do this is to literally create depth in the picture. In real life, we find depth interesting…”oh, look down there” or “I wonder where that goes”… to the most common….”hum…wonder what’s around the bend?”. I have attached four art prints from my Street Scenes/People Gallery that typifies my point. The depth elements in these four cases are the scene itself.

The first art print is one of my more popular ones, depicting a portion of Beacon Hill. Typical street scene and see how your eye follows the road, looking down the street to see what is there.


The second print is of Bunker Hill and uses the same element, but plays with the “what’s around the corner” curiosity. Your eye can’t help but follow the road as it winds down the hill.



The third and fourth prints from a resort in Warner Springs, California are similar to the first one, in that your eye follows the sidewalk under the arched trees into that remote point way off in the distance.



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26 thoughts on “Visual Depth – Featured Art Prints

  1. Sue Slaght

    Kirt I love the explanation. I find myself often commenting on photos or posts with exactly those kinds of questions. Such a great tip along with your lovely photos. I shall be on the watch for such opportunities with my own camera.

  2. teagan geneviene

    Hi Kirt. This is a fun instructive post. I’m partial to images with paths that seem to go on and on. There’s something hopeful about them. Even so, I particularly like the second one; the colors and shapes. All of these are lovely. I look at the warm colors and pretty scenes when the world here turns to uninterrupted white (blizzard) this weekend. 😀 Hugs


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