52 Week Photographic Challenge - Week 45 - Symmetry

November 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This week your challenge is to create you own symmetrical image and then find a way to break the symmetry in a subtle and meaningful way.

Symmetry presents in various forms – rotational meaning the object looks the same when you rotate it, or you view around a centre point.  Also bilateral, meaning from one vantage point the object appears to mirror itself from top to bottom or left to right, like a repeat pattern of two.

When a series of objects creates a pattern that seems to perfectly repeat itself it can lack a point of interest. The idea is to look for a break in the pattern or recompose so that you are not creating a left to right mirror image.  It helps to define the pattern.

An example could be your photographing a domed cathedral ceiling with a main central circular dome surrounded by a series of perfectly placed smaller circular domes.  Instead of having the domes perfectly aligned slightly misalign them by rotating you camera slightly and this makes it more interesting.

With a corner of a building that perfectly replicates itself, break the symmetry with perhaps a shadow on one side.

Nature creates beautiful duplicates and symmetry such a three petalled flower or clover etc. but you will notice, often natures designs are close to being symmetrical, but just fall short of being perfect, which makes them all the more beautiful and unique.  It is like each petal is hand crafted.

You can also use highlights and shadows to break symmetry or throw in a different colour to break the symmetry.

With people, have their outfit the same on both sides, have the hair combed the same on both sides.  Have them pose in a symmetrical way with arms and legs positioned the same.  Try to create as close as possible to a mirror image from left to right, then make a single change or add an extra element on one side so you know it is not manipulated digitally.

Now go and create your symmetrical image and slightly break it.  And remember to enjoy yourself and have fun this week.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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