There are many artists as well as photographers that read about Dynamic Symmetry and brush it off as unimportant, are intimidated by it, or think it's too complicated to use. And because most of us have been taught art based on Modern Art philosophies of the 20th century, the modern art student has a difficult time believing that composition isn't random or intuitive but rather planned and precise. However, design cannot successfully be ignored or reduced solely to human intuition if an artist ever expects to reach their full potential, master their craft, and produce a consistent body of work in their lifetime.
As humans, we have the ability to view an entire picture at once, but we can't focus on every element at the same time. That is to say, we visually scan many different areas of an image independently and then our brain pieces them together, much like a jigsaw puzzle. For this reason, solid design principles must be applied to art for it to be successful. Without a properly composed picture, the viewer's eyes will roam aimlessly unable to makes sense of what the artist is ultimately trying to convey. Therefore, if a drawing, painting, or photograph doesn't contain a proper and intelligently constructed design, it will ultimately fail.
Painting below by Peter Paul Rubens, "Venus, Cupid, Bacchus, and Ceres," designed in a root 2 Dynamic Symmetry rectangle
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