Patterns of Craftsmanship Past
On the street by our hotel in New Orleans there is a row of these beautiful access hole covers. Each one has a wonderfully intricate pattern that has little to do with the functionality of the cover. We now find an echo of some unknown artist who's work brings a bit of elegance to a vast city.
I get easily mesmerized when I see images with shapes and designs figuring all through the shot. For many of us, seeing a Pattern comes quite naturally - after all, it's just something being repeated in a pleasing way. That's why so many of our creations use patterns - whether it's the crimped crust of a pie or some beautiful inlay mosaic work on floor tiles - patterns and repetition of shapes stands out to us. As a photographer, it's up to us to try and use these patterns to tell a story and that's where the creativity comes in. Look for geometric and sharp angular patterns if you want to compose something using a pattern of shapes. You could also seek out patterns with colors. This challenge can overlap with other sub-genres like Repetition or Textures - but what you ought to be aiming for, is to show a cool shot with an easily recognizable motif or theme that makes the shot stand out. Other genres like Abstract Photography or Architecture are also great ideas to find patterns. One final thought - Most, if not all, patterns have repetition. But not all repetition forms a pattern. Just think about that for a bit. This week, it's about taking a step back and seeing the bigger picture. Can't wait to see it!