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.
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.
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.
I 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”
Of course my walk would not have been complete without seagulls, and they too presented a symmetrical balance atop the light post