Exercise – Rhythms and Patterns

Repetition has a peculiar but generally very strong appeal, particularly when it is unfamiliar to the viewer. There is some connection here with one of the basic pleasures in music: there is a visual beat to pictures containing a repetitive theme, just as there is a musical beat. Visually, repetition comes across in two ways: as rhythm and as pattern. The difference between them is that rhythm is to do with movement across a picture (or more properly, the movement of the eye through a picture) while pattern is essentially static, and has to do with area. In a more technical way, you could think of these as dynamic repetition and spatial repetition.

• The Art Of Photography  (OCA course book), Part 2, Rhythm and Pattern, p.95

Requirement:

Produce at least two photographs, one conveying rhythm, the other pattern. In rhythm there needs to be a repetitive sequence in the picture, so that the eye follows a particular direction. In the pattern image, there should be no boundaries to the pattern, that is, it should fill the frame.

Rhythm

ISO450, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/4000sec - prayer flags, Boudhanath, Kathmandu

ISO450, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/4000sec – Prayer flags – Boudhanath, Kathmandu

ISO1600, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/60sec - Festival - Patan Durbar, Kathmandu

ISO1600, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/60sec – Festival – Patan Durbar, Kathmandu

Pattern

ISO1250, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/400sec - Soda bottles - Chapagaun, Kathmandu

ISO1250, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/400sec – Soda bottles – Chapagaun, Kathmandu

ISO1600, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/50sec - Jumla beans

ISO1600, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/50sec – Jumla beans

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