Pattern and Texture: Daniel Kim

I took this photo over winter break of 2016 when I was back in South Korea at the Gang-Won-Do sea. The style in which the fish was plated is really emphasized by basic pattern.

pattern, to me, is the basic building structure based off the repetition of lines, planes, and dots, but the purpose for patterns could vary depending on the use/reason of the pattern. On the right, a sashimi dish, is a great example of pattern being used in the culinary world for aesthetics. The pattern is used to please the eyes of the consumers and makes the people wonder if it tastes as good as it looks. This following pattern consists of basic building concepts lines, planes, and dots. The plate as a whole is a dot (point) which brings focus on what is on top of the dish. The layers of different fish meat create lines and a pattern based off fish meat. Starting with the bottom left, which is the “common” fish meat, going up towards the “better” portion of the fish, as one may tell from the color and texture of the layers. The outer right edge of the dish is composed of “fish dots” and creates a brown to pink fish meat pattern. Other than the food on the plate, the dish itself adds to the aesthetically pleasing look. The flower petals to whole flower plants also create a pattern that lets people know that food in the center of the dish is the main focus/point.

This picture is a picture of a frozen lake with snow covering the top. Taken in the winter of 2016 in South Korea, but I do not remember the exact location (somewhere in the wilderness?).

Texture is the absents of space or addition of material that creates a surface to look and feel a certain way. The photo on the right is a good example of texture because there are many presented. According to the reading Graphic Design: The New Basics texture can be physical and virtual, just like this photo. When taking the photo, I got the opportunity to feel what the snow on the frozen lake felt like, along with what the frozen lake texture was. The snow’s texture looked soft based off my first impression and when I decided to touch it with my bare hands it felt just as I expected, soft and cold. But, there is a unseeable and unexpected texture below the snow. The ice that formed over the lake was far from being soft like the snow. When falling down, the texture wasn’t soft or friction heavy, instead it was hard, slick, and bumpy. Virtually, now, the photo just shows the texture, but one cannot feel it’s physical texture. One may say it looks soft and others may say the texture looks rough. But, based on the face that the snow’s texture looks like multiple people have been stepping on it, one may take away that the ice from the frozen lake is thick and that a lot of people commute over the lake using the grip from the and security the snow gives.

Night photo of South Korea’s National History Museum in Yongsan. I took this picture of the past winter break (2017-2018).

In this photo patterns and textures play a role in my understanding of “point, line, plane (and space/volume)” in three different ways. The ceiling of the museum is a plane that consists of a pattern of points and lines. Looking at the light glare on the floor coming off of the large T.V. screen shows there is a rough texture on the floor which is divided by lines which creates a pattern of giant rough floor tiles. The windows are divided by lines creating a pattern of plane to line. Looking at the window, one may assume the texture is consistently smooth, but consists of slick and metallic textures. A person can see volume by the angle of the photo and how one may see 3D properties. The ceiling, the absents of a full back wall, and the depth from the front to back can clearly be seen.

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