20 Beautiful Images that Work – Because of Symmetry

This post is the last in a series of posts about how to make use of symmetry in your photography. Let me close off this batch of posts about symmetry with a few images that I think are really beautiful. Each of these photographs have at least of the four kinds of symmetry to thank, because that is why they work… Even if the symmetry is not blatantly obvious.

I invite you to take a good look at the photographs featured here and try to pick out which form of symmetry, Reflection Symmetry, Rotational Symmetry, Translational Symmetry or Glide Reflection Symmetry are responsible for making these pictures stand out.

They’re in no particular order, because each one is as visually stunning as the other. Here you go:

oh wow, i've flown today..
Rain_by_TheTragicTruth_Of_Me
f_f_by_gnato

Photo by =TrixyPixie

Photo by `gilad

Photo by `gnato

 

Source_by_kil1k

Photo by ~kil1k

Sans titre by *ambrosia3

Photo by *ambrosia3

Christmas_in_Paris_by_gilad

Photo by `gilad

the_girl_from_Fenghuang_by_foureyes

Photo by `foureyes

Gone. by `zemotion

Photo by `zemotion

Forever_Lost_by_bosniak

Photo by `bosniak

____a_boat_with_no_name_by_foureyes

Photo by `foureyes

On_the_Other_Side_by_gilad

Photo by `gilad

More_Or_Less____HomeLess_by_gilad

Photo by `gilad

cranes_by_SuzyTheButcher

Photo by ~SuzyTheButcher

Equalizer by `Davenit

Photo by `Davenit

Little_foot_by_Kleemass

Photo by ~Kleemass

by the light of the moon. by ~julkusiowa

Photo by ~julkusiowa

Punk Love by ~drmarten

Photo by ~drmarten

Selia by `zemotion

Photo by `zemotion

Don't Speak.. by `TheTragicTruth-Of-Me

Photo by `TheTragicTruth-Of-Me

Urbanidea by `gilad

Photo by `gilad

I hope you take the time to look at them and really ‘see’ that though many of them don’t use symmetry as the primary tool for composition, they do play very integral roles in the photographs.

Take for example, the beautiful photographs by `TheTragicTruth-Of-Me and `zemotion, “Don’t speak” and “Gone.”. There no apparent symmetry, in lines or reflections, but it is the beautiful symmetry of the faces that cause a viewer to stop and look at the photograph. There’s lots more that can be said, but I’d rather leave it to your mind to stop, and pick out the reason for the beauty of these photographs.

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I’d love to hear what you think in the comments; then take some photographs that use symmetry and join our Photo Project

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Published: June 22, 2009 | Last Updated: July 13, 2021

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