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    Asymmetry in Photography

    Strict symmetrical composition, classic proportionality of parts in a shot, linier completeness often can make an image look dry and static. In photography art directly connected with different events and phenomena of life, completely different composition solutions are found.

    You can try to create free and open composition, which gives the viewer an impression that the action develops not only within a shot, but beyond the frame of a shot as well. We can even say that composition which is animate, vivid and dynamic is more harmonious for photographs, because it has closer ties with its specific.

    Let’s compare two photographs – picture 1 and picture 2. Actually these are two different variants of one and the same photo. These two images depict the same objects, which are shot from different focus points.

    Asymmetry in Photography Picture 1

    Asymmetry in Photography Picture 2

    Photo 2. We can see that the theme of the photograph is developed in a new liner order of photographic composition. The image includes a great deal more of space. A young man and a girl are central figures of the subject-matter, they stand against wide space, which is an absolutely right technique used to develop the theme.

    Photo 1. Its author composed its image strictly symmetrically, but then he went back on the idea of a linier composition, broke the symmetry and introduced asymmetrical element in the image – it is an arc of the bridge (Picture 2). The central vertical axe of an arc is moved away from the center towards the left, which makes possible to the viewer to see a bulky bridge support. Thus the classic symmetry of photo 1 was changed to a more vivid and asymmetrical one. This creates a new proportion of the related parts in the picture – their identity disappeared and it adds a new graphic effect.

    The composition of the photo1 is closed – basic lines are directed towards the centre, while on the photo2, it is open – the line of an arc and the line of the parapet of the bridge lead beyond the frame. This composition strongly connects its objects and the surrounding. 

    We can see from the example above, that liner composition of photo 2 makes an image more dynamic and the theme is conveyed with more expressiveness.

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