Lines and Patterns

Regular readers will notice that I have not used Weekly Photo Challenge in this weeks title. The idea was first suggested by RJ Silva in his blog post An Unusual Point of View and having seen this weeks challenge title I’m going to join Rolando in doing the same. So to this weeks challenge.

Lines and patterns are everywhere it’s just a case of seeing them for what they are.

You are the conductor ~ Your orchestra are shapes, textures, stories, objects, patterns, emotions, design, moments, depth, focus, rhythm, shades, colour, movement and light. It is your performance. It is your vision. – Steve Coleman

Every morning and evening if the sky is clear I get to see lines of vapour trails from aircraft as they head across the Atlantic towards the USA and Canada. But I also see aircraft going to and from the UK and Ireland. On clear moonlit nights silver trails light up the sky.

Vapour Trails

As I’m talking about the skies I thought I’d ask this little question. Why do military aircraft have disruptive pattern on their underside? I can understand the upper part of the aircraft being camouflaged to look like the ground but surely the underside should look like the sky?


Anyway this is the last flying Vulcan Bomber As a part of the V-force, the Vulcan was the backbone of the United Kingdom’s airborne nuclear deterrent during much of the Cold War

The only combat missions involving the Vulcan took place in 1982 during the Falklands War with Argentina. This was also the only time V-bombers took part in conventional warfare. The Vulcans flew 3,889 mi (6,259 km) from Ascension Island to Stanley on the Falklands. On  the 1st of May, the first mission was conducted by a single Vulcan that flew over Port Stanley and dropped its bombs on the airfield concentrating on the single runway, with one direct hit, making it unsuitable for fighter aircraft.

Interestingly, in the early 1980’s, Argentina approached the UK with a proposal to buy a number of Vulcans. A letter from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Ministry of Defence in January 1982 stated that little prospect was seen of this happening without ascertaining the Argentine interest and whether such interest was genuine: ‘On the face of it, a strike aircraft would be entirely suitable for an attack on the Falklands.

Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands less than three months later.

Blue Pillar

For a subject to be strong enough to be worth photographing, the relationship of its forms must be rigorously established. Composition starts when you situate your camera in space in relation to the object. For me, photography is the exploration in reality of the rhythm of surfaces, lines, or values; the eye carves out its subject, and the camera has only to do its work. That work is simply to print the eye’s decision on film. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

This stone pillar is located in Wells Cathedral, Somerset. The colour of the stone, forming those lines all the way to the roof with its intricate patterns, caught my eye the moment I saw it. Using a tripod I placed the camera at the base of the stone looking up. Rather than go straight up I decided to put the pillar at an angle. What do you think…good decision?

I was looking through my back catalogue the other day and found this photograph from 2009. Its one of those photographs.


I know I like it but I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s the line of posts giving a feeling of perspective? Or maybe it’s the pale colours?

Time for some more patterns and these are from the magnificent tiled floor in Tewkesbury Abbey which is made with Encaustic tiles.

Tewkesbury Abbey Altar

These are ceramic tiles in which the pattern or figure on the surface is not a product of the glaze but of different colours of clay. They are usually of two colours but a tile may be composed of as many as six. The pattern appears inlaid into the body of the tile, so that the design remains as the tile is worn down.

In both medieval times and in the nineteenth and twentieth century Gothic Revival, tiles were most often made for and laid in churches. Even tiles that were laid in private homes were often copies of those found in religious settings. Encaustic tile floors exist all over Europe and North America but are most prevalent in England where the greatest numbers of inlaid tiles were made.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is located in Glasgow, Scotland. The building houses one of Europe’s great civic art collections. Since its 2003–06 refurbishment, the museum has been the most popular free-to-enter visitor attraction in Scotland, and the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside of London

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

It is built in a Spanish Baroque style, follows the Glaswegian tradition of using Locharbriggs red sandstone, and includes an entire program of architectural sculpture by George Frampton, Francis Derwent Wood and other sculptors. The centrepiece of the central hall is a massive Pipe Organ installed by Lewis & Co.

There is a popular myth in Glasgow, that the building was accidentally built back-to-front, and the architect jumped from one of the towers in despair, when he realised his mistake. This is only an urban myth. The grand entrance was always intended to face into Kelvingrove Park. I know when I was a boy living in Glasgow I thought it was back to front and in those day the entrance was what is now considered the back of the building, even although it faces onto the main road.


24 thoughts on “Lines and Patterns

  1. Wow, amazing gallery …. the best photos I seen for a long time … my favorites much the poles in the sea and the fighter plane. Thank you so much for the pling back … *smile


  2. Incredible photography Mike! Stunning, really. I particularly liked the pillar and the jet vapor clouds. Oh and btw, thanks for the mention. Have a great weekend!


    1. Hello Amar, it’s a mixture of software depending on each individual image. A lot of my photographs are HDR and as a general rule I use Photomatix. Post finishing is done in photoshop elements and usually I use NIK Tonal Contrast and Glamour Glow. But just recently I’ve been using Topaz Clarity and sometimes Topaz Restyle.



        1. Different cameras and lenses.

          1st image – Samsung PL11 a simple point and shoot 2nd image – Pentax k-30 with Sigma 150-500mm 3rd image – Samsung GX-10 and Sigma 18-200mm 4th image – Fuji Finepix S9600 Bridge Camera 5th image – Pentax K-30 and Sigma 10-20mm 6th image – Pentax K-30 and Sigma 10-20mm

          Most of my photographs are usually taken with the Pentax K-30 and the Sigma 10-20mm



  3. Love the tiles in these magnificient buildings. Also really like the line of posts in the water. Wonderful history lessons too. I’ve never understood why Argentina continues to be upset over the Falkland Islands. So stupid. It is the same with Spain that contines to think that Gibraltar really belongs to them and not to Great Britian.


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