Arabesque (Curve) Composition

One of the most elegant compositions we can incorporate into our visual artistry: the arabesque (curve):

Why arabesque?

The word “arabesque” comes from “Arab” (Arabian). A lot of the elegant arabesque designs come from mostly ancient Islamic art. Think calligraphy, or elegant flowing movements:

Also interesting to know, the “arabesque” is also a ballerina move:

Reminds me of a photo I shot of Cindy, with a similar movement:


Why arabesque composition?

Ultimately the concept of a curved arabesque comes from nature. Consider twisting vines and trees.

To me, I love the composition because it is more dynamic, full of life, energy and vigor!


1. Study sculpture

Note how the bodies of many dynamic statues are curved and quite epic:


2. Matisse the dance


4. Arabesque of human body

Human anatomy is a great point to study composition:


5. Henri Cartier-Bresson arabesque/curve compositions

Also see Street Photography Curve Compositions >

More Henri Cartier Bresson composition:


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Master composition for yourself:

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Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM
Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM

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Dynamic low angle composition. Tokyo, 2011 by ERIC KIM
Dynamic low angle composition. Tokyo, 2011 by ERIC KIM

Take your composition to the next level:


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DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS. Man and three reflections by ERIC KIM
DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS. Man and three reflections by ERIC KIM

For distilled lessons on composition, read the free ebook: “The Street Photography Composition Manual.”

Further articles to improve your compositions in photography:

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Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM
Woman and door. Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM

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Golden Diagonal Composition / Kyoto Station, 2018

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