As a design principle, repetition refers to any element within the frame that can be seen more than once.
Repetition is commonly used to create rhythm, symmetry and evoke the idea of abundance or plenty.
When elements are similar in shape or colour but not arranged in any order, the idea of abundance is created.
Elements that are similar is size, shape or colour and are arranged in a regular repetition create a very different effect.
Regular repeptition creates visual rhythm- the understanding that a predictable pattern is formed.
Using repetition is a great way to add visual rhythm to your photos. Some tips to help you on your way with this theme;
- Repetition of elements in different sizes or colours creates a busy chaotic look. You must still look for good composition within the chaos- look for a contrasting colour or shape that can act as a focal point.
- Visual rhythm created by a regularly repeated element can appear rather boring if used alone. Try using perspective or focus to avoid shooting a simple flat pattern.