You won’t often find perfect symmetry in nature, in human faces or in the cosmos. But wherever you find the architectural touch of man, or woman, you’re likely to find symmetry. The human eye craves it. Probably because it’s so unnatural. Isn’t that precisely why we find it so pleasing in our built environment? Simple or elaborate, witness the evidence of symmetry, and consider George Bernard Shaw’s famous quote:
“Consistency is the enemy of enterprise, just as symmetry is the enemy of art.”
—George Bernard Shaw
Was Shaw right about symmetry? Does it work well in architecture, and not in art?
Let me know in the comments what you think of Shaw’s observation on symmetry, and which of these photographs it does, or does not, apply to. As for me, I’m drawn to symmetry when I find it, but I’m frequently shooting things that are asymmetrical, too. To see more, visit my Art + Photo Shop, HERE.