Our daily lives are filled with repetitive patterns, so why shouldn’t your photographs? This photographic compositional element involves the concept of integrating a repetition of elements into your photographs. The repetitions can be as abstract as you want, or as clearly defined as you want. The more abstract they are, the less powerful they become. The patterns can be shapes, colors, textures, or tones. Incorporating patterns into your photographs is not always about repetition, but can be about breaking the pattern.
You can zoom right in, or use a wide-angle lens to capture patterns. We can see the fine detail of the pattern up close, such as the intricate design of a bird’s feather. When zoomed out, the pattern as a whole is revealed.