I’m attracted to photographing patterns either in the landscape or in the cityscape. There is something about the order in patterns that conveys both beauty, permanence, and reliability.
The repetition of elements, such as form and color, in a garden helps to tie the garden together, so that it is not simply a random placing of difference plants. The symmetry thus created lends a sense of wholeness and beauty, a sense of place.
Repetition in the spiritual life also provides us with a solid foundation for growth. Regular prayer and sacramental practice gives a strength and coherence to our spiritual life, as we look at our experiences in the light of the teachings of Jesus and seek to live them out.
Paying attention to patterns and repetition can help us improve both our photography and our growth in the spiritual life.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)