Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #116: Symmetry

This week, Patti invites us to explore Symmetry as a way to create dramatic and impactful images.

Symmetry is a fundamental part of geometry, nature, and shapes. We see symmetry every day but often don’t realize it.

Symmetry in Architecture is one of the oldest and most continuously used ordering principles in architecture.

Odawara Castle, Japan:

Why is architectural symmetry so satisfying? “…when we walk down the main aisle—the line along which the mirror images of the left and right sides meet—we know that we are in a special relationship to our surroundings. And when we stand below the dome of the crossing, at the confluence of four symmetries, we know we have arrived.”

Library of Congress, Washington DC:

Photographing a ceiling symmetry can be challenging as you have to take time to align yourself in all directions while shooting up.

The Capitol Building, Washington DC:

The photo below was taken in Toledo castle. I had enough time to make just one click. 

At the Oculus (NYC), I was able to find a spot to shoot the symmetry of the building. I set my camera on the railing and made sure the line on top of the ceiling was in the middle of the image; then straightened it through Lightroom to get the result.

Pattti (P.A. Moed) shows us several types of symmetry through her beautiful photos. Patti uses nature, art work, and architecture, and landscape to introduce this interesting subject. As always, we are looking forward to seeing your creative responses.  In your post, include a link to Patti’s original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so that everyone can find your post in the WP Reader.


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92 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #116: Symmetry

  1. Splendid examples of symmetry, Amy! Your last picture of the Oculus caught my eye in particular as it looks so very much like the interior of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Having read up on both buildings, I see that they were designed by the same person so it’s not surprising. Nicely captured!


    • Thank you for your comment, Sue. I didn’t know about the architecture of the Milwaukee Art Museum. I googled it. That is a magnificent building. Thank you for letting me know.


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  3. Terrific examples, love them all. Your photo in Toledo castle…it looks like you spent lots of time setting the shot up but then you mentioned that you only had enough time to make just that one shot. You certainly got it right in one try.


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  5. Phenomenal captures, Amy! When was the one from NYC taken? Just curious as I live in NY and know how locked down we still are in too many ways. You stirred me deeply with your pictures of symmetry, something I work with a lot in my images. It fascinates me to see geometry, flow, and arches and mirroring effects through my lens and with my eye. I love patterns and boy did you ever capture them in this post. Tremendous compositions …. you really outdid yourself with this one!

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