Before I walked into my first design class, I had no problem with things being centered. I don't know if centering things was drilled out of me or that my eyes were opened to the possibilities of asymmetry and designs that were full on energy and movement — all of those things centered compositions tend not to be. A For years, I purposely avoided centering things, going out of my way to make things complicated. But there are times when things line up perfectly — like the gable of my house, the tree in our backyard and the moon in the sky. As I grow older I don't worry about symmetry and asymmetry and many of the other rules I learned to break. At least the chimney is their to provide a little relief.
Photographs by Ben Hillyer