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The slanted directions running from corner to corner of a rectangle or other figure. In art and photography diagonals are widely argued to create a more dynamic composition. Within a culture which is the viewer's own, reading direction tends to determine whether a diagonal line is interpreted as ‘going up’ or ‘going down’. For example, for those in Anglophone cultures, a line going from bottom left to top right would be rising but in Arab cultures it would be falling. See also canted shot; Dutch angle; roll.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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