The Fibonacci Sequence in Photography

March 5, 2019

Icelandic Horses, Eastfjords, Iceland

Icelandic Horses, Eastfjords, Iceland

The Fibonacci sequence, also referred to as the Golden Ratio, is an element of design found throughout the natural world.  It can be observed everywhere from flowers to shells to galaxies, even in hurricane cloud formations and bird migration flight patterns. It consists of a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers, e.g., 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. Famous works by the masters of the art world were composed using the Fibonacci principles.  For example, Leonardo da Vinci used the Fibonacci sequence in designing his famous Mona Lisa.

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Photography artists use the sequence to compose appealing designs, including pieces that result in triangles as the numbers on diagonals of the triangle add to the Fibonacci series of numbers. 

About the Image: Icelandic Horses

The Fibonacci design rule is one of the reasons the composition of Icelandic horses at the top of the page is pleasing to the eye, even if the viewer is fully unaware of Fibonacci’s role at play here.  It is available in large size canvases for homes and offices. Pricing details available upon request.