Based on photographic examples of harmonious compositions we are showing today, the aim is to focus on the general forms in the images while considering the question; ‘What creates harmony?’

Many would simply say harmony is created through the use of symmetry although harmony can also be created through a number of other elements. We aim to explore what are the other elements. Alternative words related to ‘harmony’ could be seen as useful when exploring this subject. Words such as ‘peace’, ‘balance’ and ‘compatibility’ are among synonyms of the word ‘harmony’. These are good explanatory words when we attempt to answer our top question for today; ‘What creates harmony? ‘Balance’ and ‘compatibility’ could be seen as elements creating harmony. ‘Peace’ could be seen as a harmony product as it is a feeling created via harmony.

 

How do we make decisions regarding balance and compatibility? Each image example we are showing today consists of shapes. Looking from left to right at one image at a time, let us consider which shapes are used to balance one another on each side of the image (looking from left to right). The most asymmetrical example is the top image, where we have a dynamic, bold shape of a bridge on the left side of an image, balanced on the right, by a vague horizontal line, which appears to be the shape of this same bridge in the distance. 

There is a number of shapes revealing both symmetry and asymmetry in the images. For instance, the symmetrical shape of a building with asymmetrical elements such as clouds or other elements such as building reflections, light or asymmetrical architectural shapes. Additionally, colours and light reflections add to the overall harmony within the compositions. This enhances the softness of images and creates a feeling of tranquillity when looking at the composition. 

Overall, we could say, that symmetry is being used to create harmony, and yet, often it is not being used on its own. Symmetry and asymmetry balanced in a complementary way with the use of various shapes, colour, light, and reflections are all forming a harmony in design. By looking closely at the world around us, we learn more ways of balancing the elements of the design in order to create harmony.