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Gallery Forty-Nine: Creating an echo with rhythm and pattern

Repetition is at the core of expressive composition. Many of the examples in my composition gallery ( ) demonstrate the importance of building an image around elements that echo each other to provide coherence and cohesion. Photographs can express a rhythmic beat, very much like a piece of music, that carries the eye into and through a picture. Such rhythms are often expressed by patterns – a repetitive two-dimensional shape that can give an image its character and meaning. We must be able to not only recognize rhythms and patterns when we see them – we must also be able to make them work photographically by paring down our images through abstraction so that they can function effectively and by finding vantage points that will stress those rhythms and patterns. And so I’ve added this gallery, devoted entirely to rhythms and patterns, to help you recognize and use them in your imagery. I thank Monique Jansen ( for suggesting that I create a gallery on this subject. I begin this gallery with a selection of images photographed in Singapore, Malaysia and China. I hope to add more examples from pictures made on my future travels. I present this gallery in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.