Just as we mentioned in the section lines, lines can be found all around us. Likewise we can see patterns wherever we look. Patterns can be found in nature as well as in the human made environment. Some patterns are human made using natural resources.

Patterns are everywhere. In fact they are so prevalent that we tend to take them for granted. The challenge for the photographer is to seek out patterns and create an image by looking at the scene and determine the best angle.

Using the the filling a frame compositional rule  the photographer fills the frame with patterns of lines, colour, texture  and shape. At times we can find the pattern in part of an image rather than the whole image.

Th photographers seeks out objects to discover the patterns that are often overlooked or are not easily seen.

Close-up photography, will allow you to  discover a hidden world of patterns.

Some objects may appear not to have a pattern but will often reveal their patterns when viewed close up.



Another way to use patterns is to look for something that disrupts the pattern . For example this image of the highlighters has a broken pattern as the green is the odd pen out.

If you look carefully you will find broken patterns naturally occurring  or you might construct or setup a disruptive pattern yourself.

Disrupting a pattern  might include adding a different coloured, a different shape or even a contrasting texture. You can also disrupt a pattern by removing one or adding an element within the pattern.

Pattern images