Unified Field Compositions: Seeing a Greater Whole

Mirror symmetry as an aesthetic principle challenges our most fundamental ways of seeing. By creating a central focal point within a symmetrically patterned field, vision naturally spreads outward from the center point, or central axis, to the periphery as the fullness of the image is taken in. At least initially, no single element of the composition competes for attention. Visually there is an evenness, a balance, a flow. The conditioned tendency to read from left to right, up to down, all in linear progression -begins to lose its hold. We literally begin to ‘see’ differently.

I begin by shooting a single photograph. As with any photograph it contains only a fragment of the visual field that was present the moment it was created. I study the captured image to see where its most illuminative qualities shine through before composing a larger unified field from this single photo. Aligning the edges of the image in mirror symmetry against itself, the original fragment seamlessly disappears into a larger whole. The final image remains faithful to the visual accuracy of the original photograph, yet an entirely different visual experience unfolds.