About ten years ago I began experimenting with repetition in my images. Not finding patterns within a scene, but rather creating patterns out of identical (or nearly identical) individual images.
I’ve always been fascinated by good diptychs, triptychs, juxtaposition, or any set of images combined to create meaning or intrigue. Andy Warhol’s work with patterns and repetition certainly had an impact on my thoughts and appreciation for this type of thing.
In some cases, I’ve used unchanging, identical images to create a rhythm, as I did here with an image featuring Mona Pitts.
Most of the time however, I’ve opted to make subtle changes in one or more of the “frames” to give the eye a reason to move around the image; to go back and forth noticing the differences. There might be slight changes in tone or contrast, or even color, from one frame to the next.
Of course, variations are fun to experiment with. Below, only part of each copy was used to create something similar to a “bad TV reception” look.
We all see things in different ways, and our perceptions of the familiar might even change over time. The rhythm of life and experiences has much to do with our individual awareness and appreciation of what is in front of us. I think these types of images help remind us of that.