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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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19 Rhythm—Recurring Elements

Like in music, pictures can be characterized by a certain rhythm. When you include rhythm in a photo, it is important to make the pictorial content abstract and to master the language of shapes.

In fact, the concept of rhythm comes from music, because one thinks of the bars that create the rhythm, but rhythm generally implies something like the constant repetition of similar things, such as for example, the seasons. However, recurrence of does not refer only to time; the space in an image can also be structured by rhythm. If in music rhythm is the basic structure of how time is divided, then rhythm in an image is the basic structure of how a space is divided by the elements.

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