Creative Direction RE: Photos For Untitled Patterns Book Project

By Marke

For the Untitled Photo Book Project Re: Patterns, we'd like photographs to be inspired by a rich mix of striking, bold, and obvious literal patterns alongside more subtle, quiet, and metaphorical patterns. 


The cool thing is that once you've been primed to start seeing patterns, you start seeing them in everything. A lot of these are probably going to be "found" patterns that you stumble upon and discover. But we'd also love to have you guys create patterns — perhaps laying out a bunch of similar objects in a grid and photographing it from above. These can be artificial, natural, found, or made - the full spectrum.


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CATEGORY 1: STRIKING, BOLD, AND LITERAL PATTERNS


These photos will show the difference between patterns that emerge at the small, micro scale, the middle-distance scale, and the macro, large scale.


Small - Micro Scale As you zoom very close to an otherwise regular surface, you almost inevitably discover the patterns of its components — e.g. the aggregate stones in a concrete wall.


Middle-Distance Scale Inevitably we discover patterns at the middle-distance scale, like a large group of taxi-cabs, a line of people waiting, a series of stacked chairs.


Macro - Large Scale When you zoom way out and capture a full landscape or cavernous building interior you find repeating patterns in clouds, mountains, forests, structure.


Literal Patterns Beyond these three-dimensional patterns, there are the most literal and graphic patterns of all: the two-dimensional repeating surface patterns like plaid, stripes, dots, wallpapers, weaves, hatches, checkerboards, and so on.


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CATEGORY 2: SUBTLE, METAPHORICAL, AND HABITUAL PATTERNS


These photos will show subtle, metaphorical patterns. These are open-ended and will really make the project sing, engaging the reader's thoughts and rewarding their discovery.


Metaphorical Patterns An example could be family patterns, like a portrait of three generations. Interpret this in any way you'd like.


Habitual Patterns An example could be coffee rings down the inside of a cup, marking sips and pauses. Let's get a ton of examples of all kinds.


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Thanks!

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Creative Direction RE: Photos For Untitled Patterns Book Project

Created: Aug 28, 2013

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