“As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.” Sam Abell
Do you see lines, shapes, repeating elements, and patterns when you look around you? They are found everywhere and we rarely notice them and tend to take them for granted. Photographers “see” them and capture them to create photographs that tell a story or bring what they saw into the mind’s eye of the viewer.
I find that designs made either by man or mother nature can help us to feel calm, curious, introspective, or inspired.
Patterns can make exciting subjects. Designs can be made up of lines that are straight or curved and often form a pattern of repeating elements. Abstract shapes also make interesting photographs.
Look at your subject from various perspectives, including high and low angles, and create a pleasing composition.
Diagonal lines draw the viewer into the picture and help their eyes to wander through the scene. Filling the frame with a pattern creates emphasis and can also lead the viewer to imagine that it goes on and on.
Symmetrical or asymmetrical images are both appealing to look at and make beautiful wall art.
Sometimes I create still lifes in order to form images that have leading lines and shapes. Here is one I made with three eggs on a blue plate.
Look around you and make a mental note of all of the objects that either have designs embedded in them or that form patterns. Just taking a quick look I see my computer keyboard, buttons on the telephone, the coils in my notebooks, the air vents of my printer, woven design in a coaster I brought home from Thailand, rows of books on the shelf, wood grain pattern of my desktop, vertical rows of Chinese writing on a scroll I bought in Beijing, stripes on plant leaves, and so on.
I wonder what patterns and designs you will see and include in the next photographs that you take.
More of my images can be seen at www.marion-mccristall.artistwebsites.com