Project. Rhythm and Pattern

It’s the same for all genres of art, photography, drawing, architecture, even music, Rhythm and patterns create an intriguing image and can further enhance the viewers experience. By showing the detail of a larger subject you can create intrigue in the viewers mind. For example if you have to take a photo of a wide selection of food, it can pay off to include only small parts of the food, so the image isn’t cluttered but the viewer can imagine the food stretching beyond the photo.

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The long line of benches on the seafront gave me this idea. By crouching down, I was able to line up the pattern in the bench with all the other benches. The circular pattern is both pleasing, enclosing and the viewer is taken further into the photo through the repetition of the circles.

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Returning to the photo shoot for the triangle project, I took this of the snooker balls. I deliberately cropped out the corners so it wasn’t such a static image. By focusing on only a small part of the game you can imagine the line of balls leading elsewhere.

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I took this photo of several seagulls. I cropped out the negative white space so the attention was more on the seagulls. If they’d been flying one behind the other it wouldn’t have been as interesting a photo. The unorganized pattern of flying draws the eye along the photo to the seagull that breaks the pattern.

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A pattern doesn’t always need to be the sole part of the image like the examples above. It can also serve to deliver mood and atmosphere in the case of the reeds hiding the face behind it. Of course it is only the cat but by using a wide aperture the photo is clouded in mystery and maybe even an air of fear as the viewer meets the gaze of the cat.

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These reeds were composed naturally in a triangle and the rhythm is created by the way in which the reeds are pointing, the eye naturally follows it further into the frame. The line of poles and shelters create a rhythm, leading the eye along the poles, each other serving to reinforce the other.
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I had intended to take a photo of architecture but my time was limited and I am eager to begin with Assignment Two.

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2 comments

  1. Great stuff. You’ve really nailed this – I struggled a bit with it, but you’ve got it spot on…

    1. Wow thank you, that means a lot. Especially as I found this part of the exercise quite hard too. I really enjoyed setting up al the different shoots 😀

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