Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

Not knowing exactly what are patterns, I looked up for the meaning in Wikipedia:

A pattern, apart from the term’s use to mean “Template“, is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner.

As someone who likes taking photos of landscape, seascape and architecture, I don’t have a lot of photos showing how nature at work  which shapes many of the living and non-living matters into patterns of different scales.

I suppose as humans, we like breaking down things into manageable elements and assembling them to become bigger pieces. Like nature, we like them to look pretty and pleasing.

Here are a few examples of man-made patterns.

The photo shows the roof of a temple at YungGang, China. The glazed tiles which are already having their own patterns, are supported by two layers of rafters, the lower layer of circular beams and an upper layer of rectangular beams. On a bigger spacing, the columns heads are interesting decorated with what I believe Dragon Heads!DSCF2381

The picture below taken at Sofia Mosque, Istanbul shows the pattern to a gateway. The repetitive pattern of the ironwork and the gold colors on them are just amazing, not to say anything about the patterns above and around them.CIMG0517

Architects are so good at providing patterns on buildings to render them aesthetically pleasing.CIMG0496A

The façade of the palace building at Dolmabache contains many repetitive and symmetrical patterns at different scales.

Can’t help being fascinated by patterns – both man- made and natural!

36 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

    • Hi Lily, You are the first one to say liking the middle image. I’ll see whether others like this as well. Anyway, thanks for the perusal 🙂

    • Hi friendlytm, actually I don’t have many examples of patterns. I hope these patterns are interesting enough to arouse interest. Thank you 🙂

    • I am collecting opinion on this. You are the second one to prefer the middle one. Maybe because of cultural reasons, I rather like the top one ( and that’s the reason to put it on top). Thanks for your comment 🙂

    • Hi, you are the third one to say you like the middle one most. Before this, I thought I know what my readers like, but now, I have doubts that I really understand what my readers preferences are. Anyway, thank you for the perusal 🙂

    • Hi Viveka, you are the fourth reader to say that you like the middle picture. I can conclude that the middle one is the most “liked”. Thank you 🙂

  1. I especially like the palace at Dolmabache, as I love the ornate patterns on historical buildings. The sleek glass and steel architecture of today lacks this decoration, usually providing patterns in repetition of windows.

    • Hi, glad that you like the one in Dolmabache, you r comment is the only one to say that. There are a lot of details there, many interesting repetitive patterns. Thanks for the perusal 🙂

  2. You have really gotten into patterns! You really made me think. It is true that almost everything that “man” creates have patterns. Things that don’t have some pattern are disturbing somehow, and disturbing. We keep trying to find the pattern. If there is no pattern, we often don’t think it is very artistic. The same is true of music, and writing. Patterns are so essential. 🙂

    • I believe that art has to have some kind of pattern or our minds can’t accept it as beautiful. It’s like when a person is malformed, it is painful to look at them the more out of a normal pattern they are. I know that sounds harsh, but I also had a deformity. It it had not been repaired in a careful and patterned way, I am sure that my life would have been much different.

    • You are so right; it is not any pattern but patterns with some pleasing features; at least symmetrical and something which brings good feelings ( you explained some of it). Thank you for the perusal and comment 🙂

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