Research – Minimalism – When less is really more

Slowly but surely I start to have a grasp on how to fully utilise the images I have. The have a surreal element in that they are not what they appear to be but at the same time they are minimal in their appearance.

I found an article which went through several tips and examples of artists which could be bases for  a comparison later on.

A description for minimalism in photography

If you ask me what minimalist photography is I’d say that this is a photography of some key ideas, but not of some objects you see on pictures. When viewing such photos different people feel and see different things. And that’s the greatest achievement of minimalism. – Davlin Ann

Interestingly enough the article then references Einstein as saying

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. It would be a great slogan of minimalist artists. This photo technique seems to be very simple, but in fact you have to spend 100s and 100s of hours to perfect your skills. –  Albert Einstein

It’s clear from reading the article that in many ways minimalism confuses and baffles the mind with its simplicity. This is the beauty of it. It seems simple to do but in fact there are several elements that require consideration.

Backgrounds should be plain and less of a distraction than what you want to be the main focus. By the same token objects shouldn’t distract for the same reason.

Its important to experiment with angles. This is something I definitely did during the process of exploring the places I went to.

When taking photos in an urban setting its important to pay attention / focus on how to minimise a scene. This is made possible through the selection of minimal distract combined with vivid colours which balance with each other not fight with each other.

Some examples of photographers who did this well

Close ups require simple objects combined with lines and contrasting colours. That again don’t over power but excite the mind . In terms of where you eye goes this is an important factor in a lot of this work.

La Vie an Rose by Jaime Vinas
Escher Variant by Tim Mulcany
Cavernous by Victoria Evans
Landscape Covered in Snow by Vladimir Zivckvic
Piana Castelluccio di Norcia by Giuseppe Peppoloni
Storebelt by Bjørgulf Brevik

The more I look at the compositional elements of these photographs the more I feel there is a resemblance to the rules that they follow and what I am doing. The only issue is that I seem to be forcing the colour on the images. These works are either masterfully manipulated or they naturally occurred that way. In a nut shell colours look possible an realistic rather than being forced.

Referenced from

When Less is Really More: Minimalism in Photography. Davlin Ann. Photodoto [online] At Accessed 20 March 2020.


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