Seeking Patterns: Japan


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

~Dorothea Lange

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Saki Barrels

 

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Red Shrine, Kyoto

 

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Train Tracks and Apartments

 

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Prayer Offerings II

 

“I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”

~ Sam Abell

 

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Saki Bottles

 

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Bamboo Wall

 

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Mailboxes

 

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Shrine, Kyoto

 

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Temple Door

 

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Train Leaving

 

“I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.”

~Ernst Haas

 

Composition, Art, City, Patterns, Abstract, Photography, Lines, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fujifilm X-T2,

Imperial Palace Gate

 

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Lanterns

 

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Roof Lines

 

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Office Building

 

 

 

 

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113 comments

  1. Love this post. There is to much to see – in a new way.

  2. A beautiful series of photos Jane. Love the colour in these. I like this quote from Frank Herbert “There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry, elegance, and grace – these qualities you find always in that the true artist captures”.

  3. Jane, the snow has gifted me with an unexpected day off of work and I am loving the time to visit friends on WP.
    Your images are wonderful, especially because patterns always draw my eye. I’ve not been to Japan … thanks for the intro to the patterns to be found there.

    • Hi Laurie, How nice that you have a cozy day to catch up. Happy you enjoyed these patterns- interesting compositions to look for and Japan is a great place to find them. Thanks so much and enjoy the beautiful snow. ❄️

  4. Wow, so many interesting patterns here, Jane. I particularly like the Sake and beer bottles!

  5. Yup, you were inspired! 🙂 This reminds me of a book from long ago, called How to Wrap Five Eggs. It was full of photos of ingenious, aesthetically beautiful ways people had wrapped various things, in Japan. Have you seen it? I just looked and saw it came out back in 1967!! I remember having it in the 70’s or 80’s, and loving it. What I love about this post is that you’ve gone further, and included patterns from all contexts – showing the train station and the bamboo wall along with the saki barrels and all the rest – it’s very smart of you. 🙂 The Lange & Haas quotes are so perfect for this series. I know you repeating patterns are an important theme for you….I wonder if it would make sense to do a book of patterns from different places in the world? It could have different chapters for each location. Some things, like office buildings, would show up in multiple places, some things wouldn’t. There’s a little project for ya! 😉

    • Hi Lynn, I went down the rabbit hole looking at images from How to Wrap Five Eggs. They are wonderful, thank you! (Impressive how great your memory is!) 🙂 And for your thoughts on a series– I agree, it would be a fun and interesting book to do. It fits so well for Japan, however as you said, patterns like this are everywhere. The wheels are turning and your ideas are much appreciated. 🙂

  6. WOW! Amazing photos! I feel like the pictures are jumping off the page- so crisp

  7. Great geometry…beautiful work (Suzanne)

  8. Hi Jane! I love the way you see! You captured those patterns, but “you’ve got rhythm” also! ….as the song says….

  9. Had to scroll a long way to get here! O_o (so many comments!) This was wonderful. Such fun colors and patterns and the quotes for frosting. Always a joy to visit your posts.

    • Hi Gunta, Patterns appeal! 😄 I’m pleased you enjoyed them. Thanks so much.

      • Oh good. After typing my comment, I jump to the top 😀 ! It’s intriguing the things that draw our eyes. Almost as though we each have a recurring (more or less) theme. Your camera shows me what it is that catches your eye and thus creates a theme. Do you ever look back at early photographs and see your developing theme/style? Sorry for the babble, but sitting down to weed the too-many thousands of images sent me down that rabbit-hole. O_o

        • Hi Gunta, I do occasionally reflect on past work and some similar themes ring throughout for sure. Sometimes, one photograph is the springboard for a theme. Enjoy your rabbit hole…it can be overwhelming. And fun.

  10. Wonderful collection Jane. I don’t have a favourite. I found them all intriguing.
    Alison

  11. I’m impressed with so many colorful abstractions in a single post.

  12. I think the Japanese must love symmetry – all your photos seem to show a penchant for order.

  13. Fascinating representation of Japan, Jane. 🙂 🙂

  14. The colors, patterns, and textures in your photos are excellent, Jane. Speaking as a construction guy, I am fascinated by the Bamboo wall.
    Ω

  15. You must’ve enjoyed your trip to Japan. The bamboo wall is remarkably strong. Fire, of course, is its only weakness.

  16. Wonderful quotes and patterns, Jane!! 😊😊

  17. So many beautiful patterns in these photo, beautiful work Jane! 🙏🏻❤️

  18. So many great patterns. I think the Saki bottles are my favorite, but Iike them all.

  19. i like your detail shots and how to lift the colors.
    greetings robert

  20. Well-designed and beautiful images.

  21. Great theme. Love Japan and wish that when I went there I had stayed for the rest of my life…. I have done several shoots with a similar theme. The next one will be this winter if it gets snowy and cold enough in Virginia.

    • Hi Elliot, Thank you. Happy you enjoyed these. Japan is wonderful, isn’t it? Glad you like the pattern theme– they are interesting to find. Looking forward to seeing what you find this winter.

  22. great patterns…they certainly do keep your eyes busy!! i love how colorful they are!!!

  23. Mesmerizing! A fabulous post Jane.

  24. Love patterns and these are beautiful!

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  25. Well done Jane! Seems order is everywhere over there 😊. Loved the train shots

  26. Superb set, Jane! Great diversity within the theme. Bamboo wall is fav. 🙂

  27. I LOVE these photos. My eye is often drawn to these types of scenes, and I do snap the pictures … but they never turn out this well! The saki barrels are amazing, but all of them appeal to my sense of order, color, and layout.

  28. Hi Jane! I love how you saw your subjects! …not only did you capture pattern, but you captured rhythm! Hugs, Suzie

  29. A wonderful collection of pictures!

  30. Wonderful images Jane and I love the quote 🙂

  31. Look at these, it sparked interest to learn what those written words mean.

  32. Great collection, Jane, and interesting view of Japanese order.

  33. What an eye you have!👏👏👏👏

  34. Now I want to go to Japan. Thanks

  35. You have given us a new way of looking at ordinary things. Awesome photos, as usual!

  36. Jane, love the graphic design theme running through these photos. Especially liked the sake barrels.

  37. Beautiful post, Jane. Just what confirms my thinking of the Japanese. Orderly and perfect.

  38. Well thought out and beautifully presented.

  39. These are such amazing photographs and they do encourage you to see things differently. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes Sebby

  40. The mind reels. Thanks!

  41. Wow, what a cool idea! I like the wonderful temple door!

  42. Pretty cool!! Especially the bottles, barrels and mailboxes give a very special expression in their sum. Really amazing!

  43. Amazing captures from Japan, Jane. Everything looks so orderly and organised, almost like nothing is out of place. Admidst the orderliness seems to be place full of thought and reflection. Hope it was a lovely trip 🙂

    • Hi Mabel, I enjoy looking for repeating patterns when I am touring around. Japan is, in part orderly, and when seen in a collection like this, it sure emphasizes the point. However, I think I could do this theme anywhere I travel. Very happy you enjoyed these– thanks so much.

  44. I love that quote from Sam Able. I think it sums up my philosophy on photography. 😊

  45. It all looks rather orderly, Jane

  46. I love the way you blend the quotes in with your great pictures. Makes everything more meaningful.

  47. I love your quotations, Jane. My favourite photos are the prayer offerings and the saki bottles and barrels.

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