A clear distinction is made in the materials between rhythms and patterns and I understand what is meant by the rhythmic repetition and how that can be likened to music. What I’m struggling with though is when this stops being a rhythm and becomes a pattern, isn’t there some rhythm to many patterns too? The rows of icons on page 80 of the materials seem to be categorised as patterns as opposed to rhythms even though there is ordered repetition and the picture of bicycle seats on the following page is described as a pattern although I would argue that the framing is not as tight as we are told it needs to be. This picture for me is a little like Giles Angel’s paperclips though not so structured and I’m left asking what the point of it is.
So are my images rhythms of patterns? Looking back over my catalogue I find that I am attracted to what I would have described as patterns but according to what I’ve read, are probably rhythms. The photograph below taken at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul fulfils the criteria for patterns I think.
The slippers, bags and hats fill the frame and go outside of it and the cat breaks up the repetition although had I known then what I know now, I would have composed the picture so that the cat was more off centre.
The photographs I have taken for this exercise are probably rhythms too with the possible exception of the lavender. One thing is for sure, I’m going to have to think hard about this before submitting my assignment.
I spotted these bicycles from the window of a train. They were all lined up and I saw a pattern created by the wheels, handlebars and seats. If I compare this to the picture of wildebeest in the materials though they probably represent a rhythm rather than a pattern.
There is definitely a sense of repetition and rhythm created by the seats on Torquay Pier on the other hand. I really liked this picture because I was able to see so many of the elements we have been studying here; diagonal lines of the floor boards, verticals created by the lamp-post and points created by the globes of the lamps. It was a very dull day when I took it though and having made several attempts to enhance the colour, I felt it worked better in black and white.
Having read though this again I attempted to find something that worked as patterns and came up with this picture of lavender. I’m not sure it quite works though, maybe there needs to be more of it or maybe its the composition isn’t quite right and it needs a tighter crop. At the moment it is my intention to focus on flowers and gardens for assignment 2 so I plan to spend some time looking at photos in my gardening magazines for some ideas before I embark on this.