Minimalist photography basics.
Every time you take a photograph, you make choices about how much context to include around your subject. If stark backgrounds, fields of white space, or geometric shapes speak to you, you may be a minimalist photographer.
Minimalist photography grew out of the extreme abstract painting and sculpture of late 20th-century artists. With simple geometric patterns, strong lines, or painted color fields, minimalist artists created work that didn’t refer to anything in the real world but instead stood only for itself. Minimalist photographers adopted this stress on simplicity and limited compositional elements, and then applied these principles to what they saw in the real world.
To make your own minimalist images, you have to be confident that the scenes that appeal to you will also appeal to others. “It’s about focusing the viewer’s eye on a singular object or subject and eliminating white noise,” says photographer Aleks Baharlo. “I’ve learned over the years to trust my instinct and just go for it, but it’s a fearful thing to make the one subject in the entire frame occupy less than five percent of the frame while everything else is white.”
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