12.0 Rhythm & Pacing (advanced)





  1. Good rhythm has pacing. Pacing surrounds us. The tempo of a walk;  the cadence of a conversation; migrating birds finding a formation;  the layering of a sunset.   Sometimes pacing is vertical. Sometimes it’s horizontal. Sometimes it spirals. Sometimes it meanders.   Sometimes chaos finds contrast and balance with symmetry, asymmetry or other forms of pacing.  Sometimes pacing is as seemingly innocent as a random counterpoint.  Sometimes pacing is progressive and predictable.






 Sometimes pacing can sneak up on you while hiding in plain sight before quietly delivering a surprise.  Sometimes pacing can compress and recede inwardly.  Pacing can expand; it can recede; it can also do both at the same time!  Pacing can be serpentine, wandering, interrupted and resumed.  The pacing of an open space can replace a lot of words.





 Pacing can be about how the eye travels around, within and throughout a frame. Does the viewer get abandoned or are they induced to continue?  Sometimes pacing grunts, squats and stumbles.  Sometimes pacing emerges boldly and gracefully.  Sometimes pacing is continually self-referencing.  Sometimes pacing fractures, interrupts, then reassembles.  And sometimes pacing reflects an open spirit, never conclusive, always evolving.






 Pacing can be rollicking, frolicking, tumbling, and very much in motion – and sometimes pacing is layered from front to back to middle.  Sometimes pacing advances, sometimes it recedes, while sometimes displaying both qualities at the same time.  Pacing can complete a narrative. It can finish a statement; it can set up ironies as well as  the “punch line” at the end of a joke.


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