Gallery: perfect patterns around the world
Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or notMichael Shermer, American science writer
It could be argued that every photograph is a pattern. A flat two-dimensional representation of a scene broken down into shapes, and each shape into pixels. The technology in our cameras stitches the pixels together to reproduce the scene, while we as photographers choose and compose that scene.
It may be a landscape, a building, an animal, a street scene, a portrait. Look closely and you will find the shapes, the building blocks of the image. But for Ann-Christine’s Lens Artists theme this week I went in search of more obvious, if not completely perfect, patterns. I found them, as so often, in my travel archives. And of course, a few from our recent trip to Nepal have also found their way in!
Patterns in architecture
Art is pattern informed by sensibilityHerbert Read, art historian
The roof of the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City, Beijing
My feature photo is of the roof of the Ryongwang Pavilion in Pyongyang, North Korea, showing some similarity in the use of patterns
Detail of iron work at the Chinese All-Community Assembly Hall in Hoi An, Vietnam
The dome of the Grand Mosque in Salalah, Oman, seen from one of the inner courtyards
The Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur, built in the 18th century to observe the heavens and measure its movements
Growing in patterns
To understand is to perceive patternsIsaiah Berlin
Rice terraces in the foothills of the Himalayas near Pokhara, Nepal
Tea plantation in Munnar, Kerala, its sinuous shapes picked out in low sunlight
Looking down at Aram Bagh, Amber Fort, Jaipur
The garden is laid out in the traditional Mughal charbagh style, divided into symmetrical quarters
Great leaders know that under the turmoil of chaos and change, there is a beauty of patterns and designsAmit Ray
Flowers floating in a bowl in the entrance of the Anise Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Sun hats for sale in Fort Kochi, Kerala ~ arranged in a pattern and with patterns in their straw
Small patterned baskets piled high for sale in the Place des Epices, Marrakesh
Spices for sale in the souks of Marrakesh
No pattern should be without some sort of meaningWilliam Morris
Artist painting a mandala in a shop near the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
Block printing in Jaipur, India ~ a series of differently patterned blocks is applied in sequence, each loaded with a different colour, to create often complex final patterns
Weaving at a loom in Sopchem, Laos
Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
What a fascinating glimpse of patterns from around the world. Sarah! <3
Thank you Cheryl, I’m glad you enjoyed them 😊
Sarah, your post struck me as a reminder of how people love to organize items and create patterns that have a certain organization that is pleasing to the artist’s eye.
I have to say that when I saw the patterns in submissions for this week’s challenge, I remember moving into our condo which was built in 1984. The bathrooms had the most ugly floral patterns I’d seen in my life. I guess all patterns aren’t pleasing to everyone. >grin<
Thank you John 😊 I know what you mean about 1980s floral patterns – we had a similar experience with out first flat, bought in 1981!
Love Jaipur fort click
Thank you Leela 😀
Wow. Such a stunning look at your travels, yet again. I love all the color, and the culture you have captured along with the patterns.
I agree, every photo really is a pattern, isn’t it? I first I wasn’t sure I could pick a favorite, but I do love the hats, the baskets, the spices and the handmade printing. Always a pleasure Sarah.
Thank you so much Donna 😊 I tried to pick photos that a) I hadn’t previously shared (or at least not for some time!), and b) that showed a variety of travel experiences. I’m glad you liked so many of them!
I did. I always like your selections.
Lovely pics Sarah! Block printing came to my mind too as soon as I saw this prompt but didn’t have any pics at hand to show the process, despite owning loads of stuff with block prints😉..
Great minds think alike, they say 😉
Wonderful world tour, Sarah! Gorgeous patterns so well photographed. Loved them all, but must say the Marrakesh ones are my favourites – if I have to pick. They make me smile!
So glad you liked them 😀 Marrakesh is a riot of pattern and colour, a perfect source of inspiration for this theme!
All these pattern photos were gorgeous! I loved the sun hats, and would love to buy one but might have difficulty choosing, they are all so pretty.
Thank you Rose 🙂 It seems those hats would sell well among my blog followers!
Wow… Beautiful patterns around the world! Thank you for showing us the beauty of patterns in architecture, art, hand crafts, nature….
Thank you Amy, I’m glad you enjoyed your ‘world tour’ 😀
A marvellous gallery. Again – can’t pick a favourite!
Thank you Margaret 😊 Choosing favourites is fun but by no means compulsory!
Beautiful patterns, Sarah. It’s hard to pick a favorite. Maybe the observatory photo.
Thank you John 🙂 I should do a whole gallery of that observatory some time, it was full of interesting shapes like that!
Love your selections and variety!
Thank you Nora 🙂
I liked the color, and the patterns, in your first picture, Sarah. I also really liked all the color in the basket picture.
Thanks Siobhan. That pavilion roof in Pyongyang is a copy of the original building as all the historic sites there were lost to bombing in the war, but they’ve done a good job. We did see a little bit of original traditional architecture further south where they’d escaped the bombing however.
the eternal traveller
Lots of lovely images here. I would be tempted by one of those pretty hats.
Ah yes, especially in that heat!
So many wonderful patterns to choose from. 😀 😀
Thank you Cee 😊
Thanks for brightening my morning with wonderful patterns and color. You are so fortunate to have traveled as you have. Thanks for sharing!
I’m happy to hear I brightened your morning Anne 🙂 We do know how lucky we are to have been able to travel so much!
Mike and Kellye Hefner
These were all so interesting, Sarah! I love the Marrakesh baskets – so much color!
Thank you Kellye, so glad you like them 😀 I was spoiled for choice among my Marrakesh photos – the place is awash with colour and pattern!
Wonderful assortment Sarah. If only you were able to travel a bit more 😂😂. Beautiful examples
Thanks Tina. Haha yes, it’s a hard life sometimes 😂😂
Beautiful selections, as always. I love color!
Thank you John 🙂
thanks so much for bringing a few moments of peace and calm and beauty into a hectic day
Aw, that’s nice to hear Yvonne 😊