The art of repetition

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Getting on for nearly a year ago I did a post called “Allowing perception to mature” that was very well received, see it at

Here is another example of forgetting an interesting picture taken in an art gallery in The Hague last autumn.

The point about leaving pictures for a while (months or years) to mature before they are edited and processed helps you see them for what they really are good, bad or indifferent.

I was working on pictures I took yesterday evening well in to last night and felt by midnight that I could not see the wood for the trees because I was too close to the capture. Perception has not had time to mature. I will come back to them in a few months time and have a much better idea of the good, bad and indifferent amongst the 150 shots.

This post was called “The art of repetition” because of the repeated picture frames receding out of focus. They also repeat the idea of the main motif. Again there is a strong element of negative space in the picture – a repeating theme of mine.

As my photographic career has progressed more and more I take pictures “about” something not “of” the subject matter. I am photographer not a mobile camera operator!

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014

5 responses to The art of repetition

  1. paula graham says:

    I am going to take this lesson to heart…as it very much is something that is fermenting in my own mind.
    A very different photo indeed..not quite sure about what appears to be a modern light in the middle top…maybe that suggests that repetition is not always perfect either or may be I am seeing things!


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Paula glad you like the picture. It’s one that that I like very much. The “light” in the centre top is the the bottom of another picture frame, so it does repeat! But on another tack it is always good to break a repeating pattern to give the eye somewhere to rest. Best wishes Andy.


  2. As you can well imagine I this photo really appeals to me. I love the tonality and and ‘atmosphere.’ In addition I am intrigues by the way the photos are displayed in the image. It looks very much like the way I like to do uit,mounted on some sort of backing material [foam core, mat board, or such] and then with something behind it to have it stand off the wall.
    Many thanks for making me think & I also agree with letting negatives or ‘files’ sit around for a while and revisiting them later, years later sometimes.


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