photo friday: symmetry

Posted by on September 21, 2012

All of these photos were taken during the nine months of Jeff’s fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Most of them were taken in the Dumbarton Oaks garden. The word “symmetry” never crossed my mind while taking any of these photos, but now as I go back through them, I realize that I must have been seeking out symmetry unconsciously. And clearly, it was not difficult to find. Why else would this set be so large? I know these are not the most stunning photos taken individually, but I like them here together as a set. And I can hardly view them objectively, merely on the grounds of cosmetic beauty, because for me they are too inlaid with an emotional connection to a time and a place that I will always regard as very special in my life.

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  1. A M B E R
    September 21, 2012

    I was looking forward to the DO garden symmetry images. Formal gardens are awesome places for symmetry–I think mostly because you can never really make to plants exactly symmetrical. It's more pleasing for something to be nearly, but not quite, symmetrical. I like also how your daughters play into the symmetry of these images. And the lovely architecture images as well. Altogether a lovely set!

  2. Evelina
    September 21, 2012

    Oh, what a nostalgia that hit me with these photos. Moreover, right now that I'm trying to fix some order out of the chaos but the chaos is definitely prevailing, the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens seem to me a place of harmony and peace. Thanks for posting them, Julia!

  3. Manuela
    September 21, 2012

    Yes, this is a lovely set. My favorites are the ones with just Else in it, and then the one with you and Elsa in it. They are awesome, and they make me miss me, because I know that we were with you on the that trip.
    Let's plan a visit.

  4. A M B E R
    September 21, 2012

    I went back and looked at the photos large (something I forget to do a lot of the time) and I like these best, in order of favorite:

    1. the tenth image of esme turned back
    2. the thirteen image, I'm not sure why
    3. the second image because of the welcome mat flung over the railing
    4. the last image because of the door open behind elsa is so interesting and inviting