Symmetry is the compositional tool most closely related to balance, but than rather just balancing different objects against each other, symmetry refers more to a line that splits an object in half, creating mirror image of each other, think in terms of the Rohrschach test (ink-blot test).
Symmetry has long been thought to be associated with beauty and is a powerful tool that automatically creates balance, proportion pattern and harmony, so why not use it?
There are 2 main types, a vertical line of symmetry and a horizontal line of symmetry, everywhere you look there are opportunities, you just have to become aware of them.
Some examples illustrating the technique
Tips for when on location
- At first choose simple subjects with simple lines and colours
- As you become more adventurous remember that the symmetry doesn’t have to be an exact mirror image.
- Try to combine a symmetrical background with a human subject to both emphasise and break it.
© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2017