Exploring the Unique Devices of Photography

Symmetry and Patterns

Snake Plant (sansevieria trifasciata) from the University of Wyoming Conservatory

This image of a Snake Plant represents an example of the symmetry and pattern photography device mostly because of the zebra-patterned leaves. It is almost like an illusion; the eyes are drawn from the bottom leaf into the center hole of the plant, and then as you look at the hole, it looks like the stripes on the the leaves are moving. The tiny thorns on the edge of each leaf are almost perfectly spaced from one another. Its a beautiful zebra pattern that flows down every leaf on the plant.


Bird’s Nest Fern (asplenium nidus) from the University of Wyoming Conservatory

This photo of a Bird’s Nest Fern displays a visual of the background device because the viewer’s eyes are immediately drawn to the bright, shiny green leaves, and then slowly they scan around the image to the back drop of the dark, wet rocks. This photo also incorporates a little bit of the contrast device into it as well, as the colors of the plants are all very bright and happy, and the rocks are dark and cold. It shows a beautiful combination of both unique photography devices.


Bromeliad (bromeliaceae) from the University of Wyoming Conservatory

This snapshot of a gorgeous Bromeliad flower screams color. It is most noticeable that the whole surrounding color is different shades of green, however, as the viewer’s eye is quickly focused on the multicolored flower, it somewhat mutes the background of different greens and merges them all into one big blob of green. There are tiny little purple petals in the upper left corner as well, which is another subtle addition of color to the Bromeliad that takes most of the eye’s attention.


Unknown Name, photo from the University of Wyoming Conservatory

This image represents texture, one of the unique photography devices that makes the viewer build an attachment to the image because they can actually visualize what the texture would feel like. The well-spaced spikes on the plant show off their pointy texture along with tiny water droplets on each individual spike. This photo also has a little bit of the leading lines device because as the viewer’s eye starts on the clear and focused part of the plant towards the bottom, the long tubes start to lead the eye up towards the blurry base of the plant in the back of the image.

Establishing Size

Multiple Plant Display from the University of Wyoming Conservatory

This photo symbolizes the photography device of establishing size quite well. It has a lot going on, but in this context, that’s a good thing. The immediate reaction to this image is to notice the giant green plant and it’s long delicate leaves bursting out in every direction. The viewer’s eye then roams the rest of the photo down to the smaller plants at the bottom, which helps to notice the comparison in size between the little plants and the giant plant overseeing the others.


All of these images were great ways of showing some of the many unique photography devices. The assignment was really relaxing and enjoyable in getting to spend some time in the conservatory looking at the beautiful plants and flowers. Something surprising was how amazing some of these photos came out on just a cell phone camera. The assignment taught great steadiness, clarity and focus. I always love taking photos, especially when I am happy with the turn out. If anything could’ve been done differently, next time I would try to use a real photography camera with a bigger lens that allows for more light.

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