Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Symmetry

I am a lover of symmetry. I like when things line up evenly on both sides. When a subject lies square center in a photo. I have come to learn that this does not always make for the most interesting photo though, that having the subject in a corner, or using the rule of thirds can make things more interesting- all new to me as I learn from Cee and other fellow bloggers.

I recently took a trip to Asbury Park, NJ, made famous as the “birthplace” of Bruce Springsteen’s music. I walked the boardwalk taking photos, finding symmetry presenting itself in many places, much to my delight!

The panels painted on this building were wonderful. I loved the sidewalk leading straight down the middle and how the painted strips all met in the center so neatly too.164

I tried to capture the enormity of Convention Hall, with the ribbons of lights hanging from the ceiling connecting to the Christmas Tree, perfectly centered.197

I wanted to capture a shot of The Wonder Bar, another Asbury icon, capturing it as the two sides went down two different blocks. I stood across the street to get better perspective. I am unhappy that I cut the letter R out on the right, but thought taking the building from this perspective was the way to  go.

191I soon came to one of the places mentioned in Springsteen’s song “Sandy” giving it a place in the permanent history of Asbury Park – Madame Marie’s.

As the lyrics go: “Well the cops finally busted Madame Marie for tellin’ fortunes better than they do”181

Of course my walk would not have been complete without seagulls, and they too presented a symmetrical balance atop the light post
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27 thoughts on “Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Symmetry

  1. You have some awesome symmetry photos. I really like the first one, although it was a tough decision picking a favorite. Tomorrow another one might be a favorite.

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  2. Now how did u get those gulls to pose for u! Ha! Love it – and in art class we always talked about informal symmetry – so I wonder if it applies to photos – probably! And I am not a huge Bruce fan – but he is so a part of our culture and nice to see the connection –

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  3. You have an eye for it, DM. We love it! The colors of the building and their patterns are outstanding and we loved to walk with you through the end, where you surprised us with the seagulls. That was a moment of awww 🙂 Symmetric Pawkisses… to keep the post in balance 😉 ❤ ❤

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  4. I really liked the variety of examples. The colored stripes were angling in a very symmetrical photo, the big building with gorgeous lights and windows was perfect, the diner was similar to the 50’s or 60’s and I tend to find comfort in matching things evenly, too! 🙂

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  5. Symmetry has a way of capturing my eye too. It’s interesting that you were able to find so much of it, but my favourite are the 2 seagulls. How very accommodating of them 🙂

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  6. I’m also an organisation freak and love things to be “just so” and these photos I love for their balance and composition. But as you mention the “art” of photography (or any medium) is to “unbalance” to take an artistic view of a scene. I like both, and with digital cameras it is so easy to try all different compositions of the same scene

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