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33 Inspirational Images that Feature Patterns and Repetition

Our world is filled with repetition and patterns. They’re everywhere when you start looking for them and they can be a powerful element to think about when out and about with your camera.

Below are 33 images that feature patterns of different kinds. Some are found in architecture and some in nature. Some of these patterns are exact geometric patterns, others are less so, but still feature repetition. Enjoy! (PS: click each image to be taken to the photographers flickr page where you can learn more about the image).

Done for the Season

Ode to Twitter:  words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup, they slither wildly as they slip away across the universe

Curvy

arne jacobsen, aarhus town hall 1937-1942

volumetric tessellation without a name

hammer coral

green walls of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, that is)

sex pistols:something else

Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia

now you see it... now you don't

dome, lotfollah mosque, isfahan oct. 2007

Changing Pattern

Marrakech: riad fountain

Palm Frond, Claypool, AZ

Our Love Will Burn

Hesperia Tower (Bellvitge) Barcelona

Chairs

Lines and Loneliness

roofing tiles

Disrupting the Pattern

tips

old bones

Optical illusion

Geometric musings in an abstract and magical world (Spaceship Earth)

Abstract

Odd cactus

Stairway to heaven

Pattern in a Square Crop

Radially

\ Escape /

At the Grand Hyatt Shanghai

HBW! (metal chair)

Geometric Abstraction

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Ashok

    December 29, 2012 10:25 am

    I'm surprised that not a single picture of our Sydney Opera House figured as I view it as a stellar example of patterns. Heres one I took:
    [eimg url='http://pcdn.500px.net/21682917/5f1518f8a5209b30c71d4d29a1a0f2636fc72508/4.jpg' title='4.jpg']

  • Ben Chapman

    December 28, 2012 07:46 am

    I need to add patterns to a list of projects!

    I need to add writing a list of projects to a list of things to do!

  • Mike Newton

    May 6, 2012 03:49 am

    I always love seeing photographers find great patterns in everyday places. It's interesting that photographers typically see these things whereas non-photographers just kind of pass them by without noticing. I've wrote a simliar post giving a shout out to 11 photographers who had great examples on 500px using the same concepts of repeating organic shapes and patterns.

    http://photosmakemehappy.com/11-awesome-photos-using-geometric-shapes-and-patterns/

    Here was one I took of a building about 4 blocks away from home during a morning walk

    -Mike[eimg url='http://photosmakemehappy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/GeoBuilding1.jpg' title='GeoBuilding1.jpg']

  • Steve

    March 27, 2012 07:15 pm

    Patterns in the sky:
    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Southern-England-scenes/G0000.xAeTcT_pgs/I0000xFsPO6HG3Yg

  • Donald Norris

    March 26, 2012 04:22 am

    Wow! All of the images are amazing, and very disorienting in an artful way. I think the shot of the Bullring in Birmingham has to be a personal favorite.

  • Colm

    March 23, 2012 07:06 am

    I like stripes

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/colmolaoi/7006487843/

  • Kate

    March 8, 2012 06:14 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/katepalczynska/6454586369/

  • Dori

    March 6, 2012 10:10 pm

    Oh, how I love patterns - thanks for the post!

    As for more industrial patterns, I prefer combining them with light:
    http://doralight.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/tiger-in-the-night/
    http://doralight.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/dots-can-be-relatively-long/

    I completely agree with spirals being fascinating though:
    http://doralight.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/stairway-to-hell/

    And guess what this is :o)
    http://doralight.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/dazzle/

    Any comments are welcome on how to improve my stuff!

  • K

    March 1, 2012 09:41 am

    Great photos really makes you look at things from a different angle and has given me some food for thought

  • Marc G.C.

    February 29, 2012 07:33 am

    Really awesome, I like so much that kind of abstract art and this is a great collection!

  • Paul

    February 29, 2012 03:16 am

    Amazing photos, they make it look so easy!

  • Andre

    February 23, 2012 05:54 pm

    Wow, those green hexagons and this last picture looks like they moving when you scroll up and down the page. Really cool

  • jim

    February 23, 2012 12:55 am

    Here's mine from this past weekend with a bit of a twist. ;)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22176685@N07/6905587377/in/photostream

  • anotherphotographynoob

    February 22, 2012 07:58 pm

    patterns+swag

    http://anotherphotographynoob.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/electrics/

  • Mandy

    January 24, 2012 09:24 am

    Really amazing images I love patterns...

    .....but they do make my eyes go a bit funny especially when I scroll too quickly!!!

  • Jacky vdM

    January 23, 2012 07:56 pm

    I'm still learning but these are different takes on the pattern and repitition idea, please have a look!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/14813742@N03/sets/72157628986324069/

  • pam

    January 23, 2012 12:02 am

    Wonderful, and amazing love the escape by geoffrey gilson!! Thanks Inspiring

  • Albert Shu

    January 22, 2012 02:37 pm

    Here is my take on the patterned shot:

    http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/albertshu/6728492995/

  • David Dobreski

    January 22, 2012 04:57 am

    if you scroll up and down this page really quickly, you'll see some serious optical illusions! I was trippin' b's. seriously, try it

  • BettyD

    January 22, 2012 02:56 am

    This is a very impressive show of pattern, design and composition! I love it!

  • Darren Cunningham

    January 21, 2012 06:45 pm

    Sydney opera House late August afternoon

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dazza64/6733482613/

  • Fabio

    January 21, 2012 09:45 am

    Love these!

    It's one of my preferred themes too:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiolug/4757977392/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiolug/5219079518/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiolug/4757977392/in/photostream/

  • Pulaw

    January 21, 2012 08:06 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pulaw/6267875594/in/set-72157627823086367/

  • hansi trompka

    January 21, 2012 07:26 am

    http://hansgemacht.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/funf-hofe-munchen/

  • praveen

    January 21, 2012 05:13 am

    amazing patterns.. iam a new bee with a new Nikkon D3100... love to learn about photography.....

  • Neelkant Sharma

    January 21, 2012 03:25 am

    All great pix.

  • Kaustav Biswas

    January 20, 2012 05:35 pm

    Dear Sir,

    Can you please give me a lesson about pixcels? Does it has any effect on quality of photographs?

  • Yvonne

    January 20, 2012 04:34 pm

    stunning images and an inspiration x thanks Darren for sharing :D

  • bhai

    January 20, 2012 03:06 pm

    As a big fan of patterns in nature, I am truly inspired and fascinated by these pictures. Great collection!

  • Peck Yah Lim

    January 20, 2012 01:56 pm

    Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing

  • Ghengus

    January 20, 2012 01:46 pm

    I loooove everything about this post! Thanks so much for sharing

  • Daniel

    January 20, 2012 12:23 pm

    Excellent images! Looking forward to more great photos in 2012!

  • Adriana

    January 20, 2012 11:48 am

    awesome pictures!!!! ;-)

  • Thomas Hawk

    January 20, 2012 11:45 am

    Awesome Darren! Thanks for including my photos! :)

  • Vaughn Barry Photography

    January 20, 2012 11:25 am

    These are very inspiring! Great collection, reminds me of a couple local places that hold some cool patterns.

  • John SBP

    January 20, 2012 11:16 am

    That wooden deck and staircase is just awesome!

  • Steadyfromoz

    January 20, 2012 10:09 am

    Very inspiring work. I found this style or genre of digital photography a great pathway in my own introduction to the DSLR. It's very basic initially, your subjects are freely available and they give the viewer something to ponder as they try to decipher what the image is or simply enjoying the colors and patterns. I think it's a great form of photography for any newbie to give a red hot go and build confidence in their new art form. It helped me a great deal.

  • Raz

    January 20, 2012 09:55 am

    here are a few of mine: razalon.smugmug.com/Still-Life/Patterns

  • AJBopp

    January 20, 2012 09:32 am

    I really enjoy finding patterns to photograph, especially when there is something that breaks the pattern up a little bit. Here's one I got from this summer.

    http://ajbopp.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/imperfection/

  • Wayne

    January 20, 2012 08:15 am

    Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

  • Michael Pollmann

    January 20, 2012 07:05 am

    Absolutly stunning shots. Chapeau!

  • Jennifer Lycke

    January 20, 2012 05:07 am

    This is inspiring, as I'm about to go out to take a pic for my weekly photo project.

  • Dave

    January 20, 2012 04:51 am

    Vertigo was the first thing that came to mind when I saw some of those shots.

  • Bodhisattwa Dasgupta

    January 20, 2012 04:45 am

    Inspiring patterns...I have shot one couple of days back. Here is my link.

    http://365project.org/bodhijobs/365/2012-01-18

  • Dale Mead

    January 20, 2012 04:17 am

    These are great. Sure would be nice to have titles identifying where or what they are.

  • Kate

    January 19, 2012 07:45 pm

    Love this post! Patterns are such a great way to take the ordinary and make art. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Fuzzypiggy

    January 19, 2012 07:25 pm

    Oooh nice! I love the ones where you're following the pattern then it's suddenly broken by a figure or an object that's completely out of place.

    Stunning stuff!

  • MikeC366

    January 19, 2012 06:30 pm

    WoW, some great shots there. I had one of the Sainsburys building in Birmingham a while ago. I accidentally pushed the levels slider too far in PS and loved the outcome.

    http://366andallthat.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/two-more-oldies/

    Can see me going out today to look for patterns :-)

    M.

  • Bharat Justa

    January 19, 2012 04:06 pm

    These images are just awesome!

  • Alan Reeves

    January 19, 2012 12:23 pm

    Amazing images. Really makes me want to go out for days and days just taking pictures. Are any of the pictures edited? (color enhanced, cropped, etc) I am trying to focus on taking pictures without doing anything to them in the hope that it will improve my very beginning skills. Is that a good idea? Thanks for the images

  • ccting

    January 19, 2012 11:27 am

    OMG, they are so beautiful.. After looking at all pictures I feel a bit cybersickness as some of them pop out from the screen.. (3D looks).

  • Scottc

    January 19, 2012 11:10 am

    An incredible set of photos!

    I enjoy the patterns made by lights at night.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5897824548/

  • Veronica

    January 19, 2012 10:59 am

    Very inspiring! These awesome images gave me some great ideas and they are just what I needed to get me going. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jeff E Jensen

    January 19, 2012 09:46 am

    These are all excellent! This happens to be one of my favorite subjects. Here's a few examples:

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2011/05/few-bits-of-calgary.html

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2011/06/hollywood.html

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2010/10/mexico.html

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2010/10/mission.html

  • Jim

    January 19, 2012 09:24 am

    Great photos! Amazing! Thank you for the post.

  • Jocelyn Harrold

    January 19, 2012 09:13 am

    Amazing really enjoyed this.

  • ARC

    January 19, 2012 09:08 am

    wow the green one seems like its moving!

  • Kevin

    January 19, 2012 07:42 am

    Here is one I took a few years ago, but thought it was relevant. It is such a different view than what will be seen in a few hours
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73481282@N04/6721848057/

  • SImon Kitt

    January 19, 2012 07:19 am

    These inspired me to take this picture

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25177906@N06/6714552077

  • Lori Bulmer

    January 19, 2012 07:12 am

    awesome photos!!

  • scott detweiler

    January 19, 2012 04:17 am

    I love how the green hex one seemed to move as I scrolled up and down :-)

  • Julio

    January 19, 2012 03:58 am

    I'm new at taking pictures and would like to see extraordinary picture made from point-and-shoot cameras.
    I own a Canon Power Shot S95 and someday hope to upgrade. I can't afford an expensive camera and would like to be able to take similar pictures as above. I would like someone to show me the limitations of my point-and-shoot camera and how upgrading would enrich my life.

  • THE aSTIG @ CustomPinoyRides.com

    January 19, 2012 02:55 am

    For a Car Photographer like me, this is quite a challenge. Perhaps the best example I have is the 2nd photo here, where I show the backsides of several Ford Focuses (or should the plural be Foci?) hahaha!

    http://custompinoyrides.com/2011/11/ford-club-philippines-at-the-tuason-racing-race-day-%e2%80%93-13-nov-2011-part-3/

  • James

    January 19, 2012 02:26 am

    AWESOME! Best post i've had in my feed for a long time

  • John

    January 19, 2012 02:24 am

    Outstanding set of images! I haven't done anything like this yet - but maybe it's worth giving a try

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    January 19, 2012 02:15 am

    An outstanding set of images in this post. It has shown me how impressive photographing a repeating pattern can be and will have me keeping my eye out for such shots. The only sort of repetition architecture shot I have is this one: http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2009/12/30/roppongi-hills-skyscraper-architecture-at-night.html At that time I did not think to get a really close up shot of the buildings' patterns. Thanks Darren, next time out I will be sure and add a pattern shot to the others I make of any given structure.

  • Mridula

    January 19, 2012 02:05 am

    I just love patterns. The first one on the streets of Bangalore is my recent one.

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2012/01/street-photography-from-bangalore.html

  • Mei Teng

    January 19, 2012 02:03 am

    Inspiring images! :) I am a big fan of repetition and patterns.

  • raghavendra

    January 19, 2012 01:48 am

    this is inspiring.
    It is always good to find fresh and creative image that boosts our mind.

    Here is mine,
    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2010/08/experiment-in-angles.html

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