Leading Lines in Central Park, Playmates Arch
The rules of composition were designed to help photographers develop their eye. I always encourage my students to learn them, and then break them whenever possible. No need to follow text book instructions when making art. Still, some scenes call for it. This is a classic example of the compositional technique known as "leading lines". The stripes in Playmates Arch lead the eye directly to the silhouetted couple in the distance.