Everyone who likes symmetry raise both hands.


OK these are extreme examples of symmetry.  You can have balance in an image without such an obvious left right mirroring, which is commonly called formal balance.

It’s easy to recognize when there is imbalance

But sometimes can be more difficult to recognize when things are in balance even though we may intuitively recognize it. 

 In this image notice how the kite and the person are in different quadrants of the image and provide an up/down, left/right balance that makes the image more harmonious. 


Here is another image where there is a left right balance without being completely symmetrical

Using symmetry and balance can create images that are harmonious and visually quiet.  Understanding it’s effect helps also when you want to break from it and create some discord.

2 Responses to “Everyone who likes symmetry raise both hands.”

  • Nikhil Ramkarran Says:

    I tend to like perfect symmetry broken by an element. So your first image, for example, but with one door open. I have to say though, I love the way you illustrate your points with better photos that many of the rest of us can manage 🙂

    As usual, there is one photo I like best and today its the side of the supermarket with the parking lot.

  • dave Says:

    i like the tractor image the best, ’cause it is symmetrical and asymetrical at the same time, maybe? so which of the thousand cameras took these pics ?

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