Drawn to symmetry


Article Excerpt:
Why is architectural symmetry so satisfying? As Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing demonstrated, it reflects the human body, which has a right side and a left, a back and a front, the navel in the very center. Du Sautoy writes that the human mind seems constantly drawn to anything that embodies some aspect of symmetry. He observes that “[a]rtwork, architecture and music from ancient times to the present day play on the idea of things which mirror each other in interesting ways.” When we walk around a Baroque church, we experience many changing views, but 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.
~Witold Rybczynski from his article Mirror Images: Why is symmetry so satisfying?

4 responses

  1. love the shot…I do agree architectural symmetry is appealing, I even find it so in jewelry design…many say they prefer non-symmetrical designs yet purchase symmetrical pieces …I find round anything to be most popular! 🙂

    July 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    • Junsjazz

      That’s why architecture photography is so enjoyable. Old structures like churches rely on a foundation of balance and equlibrium. It is only now that we find in modern buildings asymmetrical shapes which in their own are also appealing. Thanks Heather!

      July 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm

  2. I love how you have played with hues, contrasts, and shades. Makes for a more interesting image. That red door is quite the statement!

    July 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    • Junsjazz

      I enjoy tone-mapping an image to bring out the nuances in light, shadows and textures. That way details are highlighted like cracks and the peeling off of finishings on the wall, that way the subject brings out its own character. Thanks Mary-Ann. BTW, this was taken in Bohol province, I just forgot the name of the town, as each town in the province boast of a century-old church.

      July 17, 2013 at 12:01 am

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