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Rhythm in design
looking at how points combine to create lines - how lines suggest directions and both can combine to create shapes we gain a sense of how significant visual elements in the image can
be spaced across the image area to suggest rhythm. Like in music, repetition
is a key aspect of rhythm, but alone it does not guarantee rhythm in
visual rhythm in an image, there is a direct analogy with musical notation,
but where as in music, rhythm is built on time intervals - in image
design it is based on spatial relationships of repeating visual elements
across the surface of the picture.
with a piece of music, an optical beat can be created that suggests
the predictability of regularity or the surprise of syncopation.
By extending the key elements to the edge of the frame a scene of continuation
can be implied. Rhythm can give strength to an image, the strategy has
When we create images which have perfect sense of rhythm the image can
become predictable and boring, and we might like to experiment with
breaking the rhythm.
While you can enhance the rhythmic effect of many subjects by compressing
perspective with a telephoto lens, the use a wide angle can work well
for other subjects - it depends upon your subject and your choice of
For the entropy series I used three frames to create a panorama with repetitive elements to develop a sense of visual rhythm