“The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect”, Paul Valery
To celebrate Polly’s dad’s 89th birthday we headed to the Yorkshire Dales to visit one of the familiar regular haunts, How Stean Gorge (http://www.howstean.co.uk). After a discussion over dinner about family likenesses the clam members spookily lined up almost symmetrically for the family portrait!
A hour later, at Scar House Reservoir, the stillness of the water created an almost perfect horizontal reflective symmetry …
… and framing the reservoir through the “portlets” in the dam created a vertical symmetry …
… and as the sun began to set, and dusk settled in, the reflections and hills created a balanced symmetrical composition.
Did the symmetrical Shillitoe group portrait subliminally influence the later shots, or is it that we’re all bound into the universe’s profound symmetrical plan … and any sense of freewill is simply an illusion?
I’ll let the philosophers take a stab at that!
Family portrait shot with the Sony RX1. All other shots taken with the Sigma Merrill DP3, using a tripod at ISO 100, the final shot is a stitched composition of 4 images.