52 Photo Challenge: Week 10-Symmetry

“Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”
-William Blake

This week my assignment for the 52 photo challenge was to capture something with symmetry. Although it’s such a simple concept, I found it extremely challenging. I started out looking for mirrored images and reflections, but every image I took felt flat and boring. My perfectionist’s brain was narrowing my vision and I just couldn’t find anything that worked.

My solution—take more photos and think less. The bottles above are a great example. While they seem to contain a symmetrical quality to me, they do have variations in shade and labels. Do they still work? I’m not sure. Does it matter? Not really. The idea of this challenge is to train my eye to look for different elements in a photo. By this definition, I’m doing just fine.

These photos were taken on a rainy day in downtown Lincoln and on the road to and from Camp Far West with my mom and daughter. Let me know which shot you think best uses the concept of symmetry and which is your favorite. Have a wonderful week!











  • Photos were taken with an Olympus OM-D and edited with ON1 Photo RAW
  • If you want to join the 52 Photo Challenge, you can find all the information at nicolesy.com

52 Photo Challenge
Week 1: Bokeh
Week 2: Silhouette
Week 3: Black and White
Week 4: Motion Blur
Week 5: Texture
Week 6: Framing
Week 7: Leading Lines
Week 8: Negative Space
Week 9: Patterns

45 thoughts on “52 Photo Challenge: Week 10-Symmetry

  1. #10, the fountain. It’s not perfect symmetry but there’s something very graceful about it set in front of the background of pink blossoms. Be careful when you go out, some of the backroads are underwater or worse, broken to bits.

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    • Thank you. I had other shots of the fountain that showed its symmetry, but I loved the composition of this one so much I had to share it anyway. Yes, we luckily made it back home before the storm got really going. It’s been a wild winter for us-we aren’t used to this much rain.

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  2. Great & perfect Symmetry. Nice different label bottle photography. All-over photography excellent. But I much like photos 1st, 2nd & last is blooming.
    Thanks Bridgette 🌹

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  3. Love your black and white photos, which seem to be telling me something that I can’t quite decipher. They look very symmetrical to me. I guess both nature and human love symmetries for some inexplicable reasons.

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  4. I love all the monochrome photos, Bridgette. Great shots. I’m glad that you’re more accepting of yourself when it comes to perfection. I think there is a part of all of us that would like to be perfect, but as humans, none of us really are. I like the photo of the train doors, although my favourite photo is #2 of the perfectly straight bridge over the water. I love how still the water is still and perfect its reflections are. I also like #10 because the water drops are so clear and precise. You have captured them spot on. Hope you and your daughter are well, my friend. Xx 💐💖

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  5. Read this post second to your later one. Good heart, your choice to “think less”. I like your process here.

    However, loved your starting quote, “fearful symmetry”. A powerful provocative theme (more than just symmetry I think). And you found an answer I think – #3, 6, 7 especially. Usually I turn away from graffiti, but you made it something more fierce here. Much much good.

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    • I’m so glad those photos work for you. Yes, thinking less critically while still striving to find something beautiful (bringing thoughtful intention to all) is what I’m striving for. Sometimes I get so caught up in the fear of time slipping away, or the anxiety of not knowing enough, but I remind myself constantly that everyone is on a different path. We meander our own way, have our own obstacles to climb, and to be patient. Kindness, one of my most treasured virtues, must be extended to myself as well. 🙂


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