Repetitive Pathways

By Niejai Williams

In my daily commute on the city buses in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, I found myself observing the complex shapes of the buildings we passed and the geometric beauty that humans have created through architecture. I saw leading lines and repeating patterns, each unique in their own way. I decided I wanted to capture that through my photography. I returned to the places we passed on the bus and tried to capture the beauty I saw in the lines and shapes formed by buildings.


During this project, I had been inspired by the lovely artist ​​Berenice Abbott. She was a photographer in New York City who took some amazing photos of urban and architectural designs in the 1930’s. In her work she explores elements of composition, proportion, and symmetry. These are the same techniques I used to produce my own work. On this journey, I discovered that patience and paying close attention to detail will pay off in the end.