Building off of the first assignment, lines, we are now moving to repetitive shape and form, pattern, and rhythm. This is a good area to move into as we have been fixated on lines for the past month. If you begin to look through your images for lines you will most likely begin to see repetitive shapes and forms. You’ll find patterns. You’ll see rhythm in those photos. Some images are straight up lines photos. Some are shape and form photos. Some are both in equal measure.
Repetitive shape and form and patterns is pretty easy to think about and define. It looks like this:
You see lines. And shapes. And those lines and shapes repeat themselves over and over. Repetitive shape and form! Whee!
At first your attention will be drawn to specific objects that scream repetitive shape and form and you will train your lens on those things. That’s good. That’s where you start. As you move beyond that I want you to think about the subject and the negative space in your photograph. What sort of shapes are you making with that negative space that is bound in the rectangle or square of your frame? Look at this photo. How many triangles do you see?
If you start to trace them out you’ll see that this composition is almost entirely made of triangles.
Lines. Shapes. Forms. Repetition. Pattern. Let’s add one more key word. Rhythm. This one I learned from Greg Heisler. I was talking to Greg about these assignments and I asked him for some keywords to build on and he said “Rhythm.” My mind went blank. I’ve never thought of rhythm in composition. Repetitive shape and form? Yes. Pattern? Yes. Easy. Rhythm. Makes total sense. It helped that he pointed a few things out to show me real world examples. Basically it’s repetitive shape and form but not highly structured. Rhythm is more fluid yet is still a pattern.
How many squares and rectangles can you find? I know. I know. Sounds like a damn episode of Sesame Street doesn’t it? Bear with me. Know what I’d love? A saw that could cut that light pole out of the shot — but I digress.
This assignment is open until April 25th, 2014. You can submit NEW work to the following places to participate in this assignment…
Once the deadline is met the assignment will be closed, we’ll do a group critique, then move on to the next assignment that builds off of this one.
Check out the critique for the first assignment here. If you did not participate in the first assignment then search through the flickr community for those submissions and jump in on this one. Don’t add lines photos now. I may restart all of these assignments in six months to a year from now. The best thing to do is jump in now.
Are you looking at everything now as lines from the last assignment? I am. Did you enjoy participating in the first assignment? 🙂