WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

10 May 2013


1. Grate in Parking Garage, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Grate in Parking Garage, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Stairs in Parking Garage, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Stairs in Parking Garage, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which you prefer and why.


Pattern is the theme of WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. How delicious!!!!

Our visual landscape is stacked with lines that cross, colors creating shapes, positive spaces, negative spaces, light showing unforeseen angles–gems that bring a rhythm to what seems chaos and vice versus.

Once we focus, really give pause to our surroundings, patterns pop instantly and mesmerize as well as tranquillize. Patterns are repetitions of a simple or complex design, which add zest to our visual field.

We stumble over them in everyday living. We seek them for their artistic pull. We find them in the oddest places and the most common.

They entertain. They delude. They trick. They calm. They agitate. They fool.

They fixate our attention. They play with our sense of reality.

In the Lens section are two photographs that I took last week. As I passed a parking garage, I was lured by the light and shadows that created patterns everywhere.

In truth, I cannot imagine a world devoid of patterns. They are a constant source of play with my imagination, and hope for variations that stun my sensibilities.

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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58 Responses to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Wonderful composition in both genres~

  2. marialla says:

    Mmmmm, interesting stuff! I like watching patterns too.

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  4. Tina Schell says:

    I love that you were just walking by and stopped at a parking garage of all things! Well done, great eye.

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  6. Paul Cahill says:

    Nice use of B&W + shadows. Very well done.

  7. Great pictures with a great text! 🙂
    I really enjoyed looking and reading. Thank you.

  8. munchow says:

    Wonderfully seen and captured. I love the play between light and shadow as well with geometric forms. My favourite is the first picture, for me it holds more secrets and mysteries.

  9. Jeff Sinon says:

    Excellent pattern, shadow, and light Sally. Very well done!

  10. Beautiful! The shadows and B and W effect added a rich texture.

  11. pjdonna says:

    The first one has a more complex composition, given the way the grate created its own light pattern on the column below. So yup, that’s where my vote goes to.

  12. Geoff says:

    I like them and have been long fascinated by our human obsession with pattern.

  13. vastlycurious.com says:

    Hard to decide but I guess #1 based on composition, full frame and lighting !

  14. I like that the first shot is offset with more black space, creates more of a contrast and balance to the photo 😉

  15. Gallivanta says:

    The first photo is the one I like best. Mostly because I like patterns to be soothing and that is how the patterns in the first photo appear to me. The stairs make me feel mildly dizzy. But, I agree, it is wonderful that we have such a plethora of patterns in our world.

  16. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I really like the first photo. It reminds me of some places that I have worked in the past.

  17. Queenie says:

    These are great pictures! X

  18. talyn marie says:

    I like the second one. They are both good but the second one seems more adventurous!

  19. suelca says:

    The first one. The eye gently moves from one image to another, and I like the mood of the first one.

  20. Jo says:

    Eeeek! As usual I just love them both! Great shots.

  21. I like most the staircase. The mix of textures in the patterns is richer and plays more with depth. 🙂

  22. "Occam Blade" says:

    The first. You can re-orient it counterclockwise and it would look just as powerful. Your control of contrast and composition makes it easy to see something more than the obvious.

  23. I love the light and dark patterns in both photos but have to say the first is my favorite. The angle of the second one makes me feel a little dizzy… it captured my attention though. 🙂

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