This Instagram Account Shows the World in Perfect Symmetry
With over 400 million users, Instagram's trove of photos can become a bit chaotic, but there is an account that can restore a little balance and order to your feed. Symmetrical Monsters is a curated account that finds and shares snaps from photographers around the world with a focus on symmetry.
From bridge trusses and staircases to skyscrapers and corridors, Symmetrical Monsters's hundreds of images have pulled in many fans (and many likes). The account, created by user Traperture, invites its nearly 70,000 followers to tag photos with the #symmetricalmonsters hashtag for the opportunity to be featured. Original photographers are then credited when their work is reposted.
Still, it's unclear why we seek out symmetry. Physicist Alan Lightman argues that our brains are hard-wired to want things to be symmetrical. "The answer must be partly psychological...symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in," Lightman writes in his book The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew. He adds that because our brains "developed out of nature," humans are not drawn to symmetry in nature but are ourselves a part of it.
Check out some of the perfectly balanced photos below, and see more via Instagram.