A Day of Symmetry in the Yorkshire Dales

“The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect”,  Paul Valery

Shillitoe Clan | Sony RX1 | www.richard.walls.com
Shillitoe Clan | Sony RX1 | http://www.richard.walls.com

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!

Scar House Reservoir | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Scar House Reservoir | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

A hour later, at Scar House Reservoir,  the stillness of the water created an almost perfect horizontal reflective symmetry …

Scar House Reservoir | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Scar House Reservoir | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

… and framing the reservoir through the “portlets” in the dam created a vertical symmetry …

Scar House Reservoir | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Scar House Reservoir | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

… 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.

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