Definition of Rhythm: a movement in which some elements recurs regularly. Like a dance it will have a flow of objects that will seem to be like the beat of music.
Definition of Movement: is the path the viewer’s eye takes through the artwork, often to a focal area. It can be directed along lines, edges, shapes and color. Movement is closely tied to rhythm.
Photo to the left: What happens when you look at this photo? Does your eyes jump around from bright spot to bright spot? Why does this occur?
Your eye moves around in this piece, because the lights are spaced out in a rhythm way just like notes are placed on a sheet of music. The contrast between the light and the background make the lights and the lines stick out. (Photo provided by photos8)
Photo to the Right: Does this picture show rhythm? If so, how does it show rhythm?
At first you probably thought that this photo didn't show rhythm, but if you look closely the variety of platters at different angles makes your eye move at "beats" across the photo. (Photo provided by photos8)
Does this photo show movement or is it still? What did the photographer do to make this photo?
The photographer caught motion in this photo by having focusing the camera on the background. As you can see the items that are still in the background are clear and the item in motion (motorcycle) is blurry. You can tell what direction that the motorcycle is going in and you can assume that it's going rather fast. Therefore there is movement in this photo.
(Photo provided by photos8)
Art Talk Portion:
Listen to the following Podcast on Emphasis. Use the (blue) Art Talk book while the audio reads along in the chapter about Rhythm.
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Listen to the following Podcast on Emphasis. Use the (blue) Art Talk book while the audio reads along in the chapter about Movement.
Click here to listen to the podcast on Movement