We don’t always see it, and we certainly don’t always recognise it as symmetry, but it is out there. We can find it in nature, in art, in architecture, in mathematics, in music, in science; it can be bilateral, spiral, rotational, chiral, reflection, similar, cylindrical; it is everywhere.
But let’s not get technical, let’s just enjoy it and share it. I should add that we certainly don’t always capture the full symmetry of things in our images: the composition rule of thirds discourages us, and seeking an unusual point of view sometimes means we miss the more simple form and beauty.
Let’s pop to Berlin for a bit of symmetrical enjoyment. Here on Karl-Marx-Allee, I was surrounded by some very solid and geometrically symmetric architecture.
Berlin, October 2019
Sometimes the symmetry holds together a much larger entity than a single building. Here the towers are visible from quite a distance and add cohesion and certainty to this main street.
And sometimes I like to find my own view of symmetry, and what better than a reflection to provide that.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 29 September 2020
Posted as part of Lens-Artists: Symmetry