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The Rule of Thirds



The Rule of Thirds… It is mostly used when cholesterol-free/low salt pizza — with whole wheat dough — is made.  Three pieces of whole wheat flat bread are placed on a pizza pan (which is a dandy rule of thirds).  Then the Golden Ratio takes effect, wherein (after the no-salt sauce is spread and non-fat cheese is sprinkled) golden canola oil is placed over each of the three circular sections.  (Green olives are also added, in halves, in measured proportion.)

So many of us, as photographers, are concerned about proper proportion in our photos.  That proportion deals with the relationship of visual elements to each other and to the whole.  If we succeed in arranging the the contents of our photos through the usage of wise judgement, we may produce excellent photographic end products.  The real tragedy as photographers, however, would be that our photographs have correct balance and relationship to the whole… while our minds do not.  If one’s photographs are balanced, yet one’s mind is not, what is the point?  Really!

So many minds are not balanced; and their relationship to the whole is distorted and askew.  Where there is needless conflict, friction, and fragmentation — in terms of the mind — there is no deep balance, integrity, no real proportion; then there is needless separation.  So many of us — just as we did in extremely primitive times — continue to think that we are separate from our thoughts, separate from our perceptions.  We were taught that we are at some separate center that controls thought and thinking from a distance.  It’s like one antenna of an insect maintaining that it is separate from the other antenna (and is its “controller.”)  When one embraces antiquated, fragmentary teachings and adamantly remains with (and “as”) them in mental blindness for an entire lifetime, where is the beauty and balance in that?… where is the proportion and symmetry in that?

Moving to a sense of proportion. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Moving to a sense of proportion. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015


The Golden Ratio: The Rule of Thirds… (Multi-Photo)


(This is just satire on the Rule of Thirds — the simplified form of the Golden Ratio —  which is all the rage in photography realms; most everyone has used it, including myself; those of you who use it or who have written about it… please do not be offended.  Note:  Within the poem, switch “parts” with where “countries” occurs… and “country” with where “part” occurs.)


the rule of thirds

came by

it divi





it sectioned nature’s flowing traits

with man-made lines

in graphed points of space

the rule of thirds

jumped in

it drank a fifth of gin

it cut up the world

into little


and it

sucked nine squarish

chocolate mints

the rule of thirds

marked its spot

in a

tic tac toe game so hot

everyone wanted 

to draw up their lines


everyone figured why not

the rule of thirds

squared away

it decreed a superior way

it di

vided (countries)

of the whole for itself

for its superhuman

(part)men’s wealth

precisely properly 



The Golden Rule.  (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

The Golden Rule. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

The Golden Rule. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

The Golden Rule. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015