Exercise: Rhythms and patterns

In this exercise (the final exercise within Elements of Design) the study was focused on repetition. The course notes suggested a contrast with the creation of a rhythm or repetitive beat in music. This was something that struck a chord (no pun intended) with me as a musician although looking at my photography prior to this piece of study, it has not been a particularly strong element of my composition skills. That said, I found it much easier to identify repeating patterns!

As suggested in the course text, the repeating pattern extending across the full frame helps the eye extend the idea of the pattern.

ISO 800, f4.5, 1/40, 35mm

I found cutting a rectangle frame out of an object (in this case a round ‘bowl’) changed the way I looked at the pattern.

ISO 800, f5.6, 1/25, 78mm

This image crossed the boundary for me, perhaps it’s my legacy of computer based music making but the patterns of circles immediately suggested a rhythm (straight 4/4 of course). I filled the frame using a diagonal to make the most of the available natural light that fell on the subject.

ISO 200, f32, 1.3″, 100mm

This image for me says rhythm, again my musical background is probably playing a part but the drying patterns on the concrete look like musical waves.

ISO 200, f9, 1/90, 53mm

This time a different kind of rhythm, perhaps syncopated.

ISO 800, f5.6, 1/1600, 200mm

This final image was all about a rhythm. A new set of coloured pencils at Christmas had already been put to work by my eldest daughter and picking carefully I was able to arrange similar lengths and sharpened/un-sharpened pencils to form a repeating pattern.

ISO 800, f5.6, 1/125, 85mm

The example photographs here although split into pattern and rhythms show there is definitely a crossover of rhythm and pattern (and also subjective views no doubt of what forms an optical beat).