Formalised Friday

Last of the week long photo session and some austere, stark photos with some added wisdoms from Simon Bond’s Minimalist Photography

minimalism is a type of image-making that relies on simplistic compositions, heavy use of empty space, and elimination of clutter.

subject presence is kept to a minimum; zoom out for a small-in-the-frame subject surrounded by empty space.

Pin sharp or at least crisp images are de rigeur for minimalism – not always easy to achieve when I need to bend or get closer without a zoom lens and without falling in the water!

Minimalism is as simplistic as the photographer chooses – the image above has a touch too much ‘clutter’ though to fit the strict definition (not enough negative space above the waterline)

The added reflection contaminates the austerity of this one. Both photos though are drawing attention to themselves as subject, as ecstatics (ex-static = up out of context) with their attention-seeking colour – an important aspect of minimalism.

But perhaps most important of all is the meditative aspect of minimalism – something I feel was achieved finally!

At the still-point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things.”

Chuang Tzu

12 thoughts on “Formalised Friday

    1. yes there is some kind of a link up there and perhaps also because I’ve begun another blog as encouragement to keep up a regular Qigong practise (I’m ill-disciplined by nature!)
      Its commentless as am merely journaling my practice with pic quotes


        1. it has helped keep me more regimented so far not least because I’ve put all the teaching videos I use in one place and can pick and choose each day – do you do any of them?

  1. This collection tells the story of your work with minimalism nicely. The first and last are my favorites. I appreciate your commentary and the quote very much. Glad you kept from falling in! Sometimes I like to play with layers of reflections, things on the surface (like reeds or leaves), and things underwater. But I admit that gets complicated.

    1. thank you – it was a definite process and I like to show what does not quite meet the mark aka the progression! Those watery layers tantalize to their depths – and hence might have lured me in literally 😉

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