Surface Pattern Inspiration: Urban Photography in NYC

Urban pattern inspiration from a trip to NYC last spring. 

 Juxtaposed shapes to play with.

Tonal greys highlighted with with a shot of bright yellow.

 Repeating patterns with subtle changes in scale and form.

Free flowing branches soften bold hard edges.

Perspective guided by thick and fine lines.

 Glass reflecting light and shadow highlighting contrasts.

 

 

New York Patterns

The Patterns & Reflections of NYC

34 hrs in NYC

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Highlights include

A Walk on  The Highline  in the sunshine

Lunch at Santina’s

Central Park -standing in a park surrounded by trees & highrise

A performance of Don Carlos at The Met

A stroll through West Village on a Sunday afternoon -Bohochic street fashion

Lunch at The Spotted Pig

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Glass Reflections

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West Village, elegant ironwork

Greenwich Village

The Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station

Clean, classical lines & light
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Glass Reflections and Grid patterns

Glass Reflections NYC

Buildings & Trees competing for height at Central Park NYC

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A Culmination of Cultures

Here are a selection of pictures I took on a recent visit to India. When I design print & pattern here in the UK, I like to look at the elements of nature at work, for example light, texture, shadows and reflection. The photos below however, confirm that my bright colour palette is inherited from the motherland!

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Marigold Decorations

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Edge of the Meadow makes sense of two very different cultures working together in harmony.

Northern Seaside Inspiration

A selection of pics from my summer holiday in Northumberland.

I love….

The randomness of spacing in little barnacles,

Springy matt clusters of moss on slippery rock surfaces,

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Bright fishing gear against the dark North Sea,

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Enticing rock pools in clear crisp light,

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Seals whiskers at the Farne Islands!

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The strength of a silhouette against  a raging sky,

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 Elements making their mark on rock surfaces.

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Northumberland Rocks

Exploring the rocky shoreline below Dunstanburgh Castle near Embleton Beach Northumberland.

The Light here is magnificently bright in the Summer months and brings out the clarity , colour and texture in these beautiful rocks

I could sketch and paint here for the rest of my life.

Northumberland Rocks at Sugar Sands

Northumberland Rocks at Sugar Sands

An artists haven.

Dots, spots and water drops

Northumberland Rock Textures

Northumberland Rock Textures

Art Deco Patterns

Art Deco Pattern Inspiration from The Imperial Hotel Prague.

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Art Deco Style

Criss crossing lines and clean colourful geometric shapes make striking patterns in both colour and shades of grey ( see Prague trams below )When it comes to creating new colourways, the golds, deep teals and neutrals in this nostalgic colour palette may sit well next to Pantone’s  colour of the year Marsala. I would be tempted to add some bright accents in there too!

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Art Deco  Floor Tiles at the Imperial Hotel Prague

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Clean elegant lines and shapes on the floor tiles and windows from almost 100 years ago!

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Prague Trams