One very potent element of composition is rhythm. Usually it’s hiding in plain sight: One rarely tries to find elements predominantly linked to music in photos. Yet it can be very effective to create some sort of order and interest in our photos.
What exactly does rhythm means in a photo?
A photo that shows recurring elements or some sort of repeating pattern containing the element of rhythm. Anything showing frequency or periodicity can be broken down to a basic rhythm. Actually it is best described with a set of example photos.
Example photos on Pinterest
Introducing Dasha Pears
Dasha Pears is a conceptual photographer based in Finland. I admire her work greatly. It is very tidy and clean on first glance, yet very deep if you dare to take a closer look. She is using the element of rhythm in her work often and very successfully.
Reading material and more inspiration
My favourite source, the Digital Photography School has a great article about the use of rhythm in photography.
Reading through this first article you will notice that it is directly linked with patterns on one hand and the rule of odds (or odd numbers) on the other hand. The latter is described in detail in a second article.
- Take a new photo using the element of rhythm as described in the example photos or articles.
- Apply the basic elements of composition and have fun experimenting.
- SOOC (straight out of camera) or post edit your photo during the week of Sunday, October 3 and Saturday, October 9.
- Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!