jude’s photo challenge: patterns

Jude of Travel Words has challenged us to experiment with our photography using different photographic techniques or topics.  For February, she’s given us several aspects of patterns to focus on. Because I didn’t go anywhere this month where I could practice these techniques, I looked for images in my archives which show different composition choices.

Here’s from Jude’s challenge:

This month we are going to look at Patterns. Patterns can be found everywhere, in nature or man-made constructions. For a photographer, using patterns is key to a good composition.

They are made up of repeated objects, geometric shapes or abstract patterns, or colours and they may be random or ordered. Visual patterns in nature are often loose and organic – think of spirals, waves, rock formations, sand.

Being creative with patterns

Look for various types of patterns – squares, circles, triangles and so on. (2020 Photo Challenge #5).

Shoot from a different perspective. Look up, look down or shoot from a distance. (2020 Photo Challenge #6).

Break the pattern, disrupt the continuity in some way.

Use pattern as a background for a more substantial subject.


souq in NIzwa, Oman




pottery factory in Nepal

The most difficult part for me is the last part of the challenge: using pattern as background for a more substantial story.  Here I think of Steve McCurry, who is wonderful at capturing culture and people in the midst of patterns that identify the essence of that culture.


“PHOTOGRAPHY” INVITATION:  I invite you to create a photography intention and then create a blog post for a place you have visited. Alternately, you can post a thematic post about a place, photos of whatever you discovered that set your heart afire. You can also do a thematic post of something you have found throughout all your travels: churches, doors, people reading, people hiking, mountains, patterns, all black & white, whatever!

In this case, I am simply participating in Jude’s Photo Challenge on Patterns.  All are from my travels.

You probably have your own ideas about this, but in case you’d like some ideas, you can visit my page: photography inspiration.

I challenge you to post no more than 20-25 photos and to write less than 1,500 words about any travel-related photography intention you set for yourself. Include the link in the comments below by Wednesday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  When I write my post in response to this challenge on Thursday, February 20, I’ll include your links in that post.

This will be an ongoing invitation, every first, second, and third (& 5th, if there is one) Thursday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂

I hope you’ll join in our community. I look forward to reading your posts!

the ~ wander.essence ~ community

I invite you all to settle in and read a few posts from our wandering community.  I promise, you’ll be inspired!

Thanks to all of you who shared posts on the “photography” invitation.