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Gestalt Psychology – Law of Symmetry – Part IV

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Painting by Caspar David Friedrich displaying the Law of Symmetry by balancing his composition from the center axis with two large trees on each side.

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Another Gestalt Psychology principle is the Law of Symmetry which refers to balance. The mind likes to perceive objects as being symmetrical and formed around a central point. Our minds are said to prefer symmetric visuals over asymmetrical ones. This doesn’t mean that your photograph or other art should reflect a mirror image opposite of the center. Sure, in some architectural or landscape photographs it is very interesting and is sometimes preferred, but what it really means is that you need to keep in mind the balance of your artistic composition because our minds are always searching for an equilibrium.

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