23 Images Demonstrating Powerful Spiral Compositions


Spiral composition, also known as the Fibonacci spiral or golden spiral, is a compositional technique based on the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio. This technique is derived from the mathematical concepts that are found in nature, art, and architecture. It is used to create visually appealing and aesthetically balanced images.

To apply the spiral composition in photography, you can either compose the image with the subject following the path of the spiral or have elements within the frame that guide the viewer's eyes along the spiral. This can lead to a dynamic and visually engaging photograph.

We made a list of 23 gorgeous photographs that feature spiral compositions.

If you’d like to get better at using such compositions, you should take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide to advanced composition.

spiral staircase
Photo by Yana Marudova
orange and pink spirals
Photo by Shubham Dhage
blue spiral and sky
Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel
Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel
spiral stairway
Photo by Dan Freeman
red spiral
Photo by Sina Katirachi
Photo by Dan Schiumarini
pale blue spiral
Photo by Maxim Berg
black and white spiral floor
Photo by Chris Linnett
colorful brush
Photo by Mitul Grover
spiral dark background
Photo by Visax

Advanced Composition will ensure you create bold spiral compositions. You'll get more out of your photography and start taking images that truly capture your creative vision. If you’d like to learn concepts that go beyond the rule of thirds, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide.

rope spiral
Photo by Henry Perks
sky and spiral
Photo by Steven Lu
star trails
Photo by Josep Castells
inside the tower
Photo by Tuesday Temptation
round window
Photo by Rehan Syed
woman sitting on the edge of spiral stairway
Photo by Alexandr Bormotin
windows spiral path
Photo by Kelvyn Ornette
staircase yellow banisters
Photo by Chuck Holt
sunset three people spiral stairs
Photo by Chris Barbalis
spiral in nature
Photo by Timothy Dykes
spiral stairs dark garden
Photo by Tarun Ottur
spiral window
Photo by Chris Linnett

We hope you've enjoyed these shots with creative spiral compositions. If you want to improve your photography and learn new strategies, take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition. 

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