Have some black and white photos to use up.
Had them ready for a blog break last spring. That never worked out because I didn’t take the break and instead promoted Lady by the River book – woo hoo.
Anyhow, I have an idea for how to use up these photos (thinking of Helen with this idea…)
I chose some photos from the batch and will connect them to thoughts on balance in design.
BALANCE IN DESIGN
BALANCE REFERS TO VISUAL WEIGHT THAT HAS EQUAL DISTRIBUTION
Four types of balance in design: SYMMETRICAL, ASYMMETRICAL, RADIAL, & ALLOVER
Balanced or unbalanced elements in a photo (or in any visual art) does not mean good or bad – it has to do with artist preference – on what they choose to create or photograph – and the horizontal and vertical placement within the composition.
Sometimes UNBALANCED can be really interesting. Other times not.
ONE: SYMMETRICAL BALANCE
SYMMETRICAL BALANCE REFERS TO USING SIMILAR SHAPES ON EITHER SIDE OF A VERTICAL LINE. THIS IS THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF BALANCE TO IDENTIFY. THE SAME ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CENTER AXIS. THIS PERFECT BALANCE IN SYMMETRY CAN OFTEN BE SEEN IN BUILDINGS AND CAN BE QUITE STATIC IN SOME ART.
TWO: ASYMMETRICAL BALANCE
ASYMMETRICAL BALANCE REFERS TO NOT HAVING ELEMENTS THE SAME ON BOTH SIDES BUT THERE IS A perceived sense of balance BY PLACING DISSIMILAR ELEMENTS ON CERTAIN SIDES IT PROVIDES A SENSE OF BALANCE IN THE MIND. THIS ASYMMETRICAL BALANCE IS ACHIEVED THROUGH THE USE OF VALUE AND COLOR. THERE CAN BE DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SHADES ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE CENTER AXIS.
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THREE: RADIAL BALANCE
RADIAL BALANCE REFERS TO HAVING ELEMENTS ARRANGED AROUND A CENTRAL POINT. ELEMENTS RADIATE OR CIRCLE OUT FROM A CENTER POINT. RADIAL PATTERNS ARE PLENTIFUL IN NATURE. AND IN SOME CULTURES – RADIAL BALANCE IN ART CONNECTS TO SPIRITUALITY AND SOMETIMES RITUALS THAT CONNECT TO UNITY AND CONNECTEDNESS. MODERN WESTERN ART HAS LESS PURE RADIAL DESIGNS.
FOUR: ALL OVER BALANCE
4) ALLOVER BALANCE (ALSO CALLED CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC BALANCE) REFERS TO HAVING ELEMENTS PLACED WITH AN EQUAL PLACEMENT ALL OVER THE COMPOSITION.
I have some more of these black and white photos to use up so I will have another “design-themed” post coming later.
And here is a closing comic relating to life balance:
Have a great day and thanks for viewing…