It’s a subject you might never have considered (until now), but as a species we naturally find our eyes drawn to certain points in a visual field more than others. Why is that? Quite honestly, we have no idea. Science hasn’t really figured it out yet. But while scientists delve into and argue the merits of salience, object recognition and value, we’ll take the photographic route and look at a novel and subtly manipulative technique to utilise the topic instead. One perfectly equipped to give viewing eyes a gentle nudge in the right direction. We’re talking leading lines, folks. A key compositional tool, leading lines make for a fantastic and highly effective aid in drawing attention to – and between – specific focal points in an image. Think winding road, river, woodland, a vapour trail or staircase. Planned or simply fortuitous, man-made or a natural occurrence, prominent lines through shot allude to incredible emphasis on depth and perception and, if desired, brilliantly pave the way for a visual journey through the frame. Take a look at 23 great images to see exactly how it’s done.