2013 Challenge, Week 3: Minimalism

Hey everyone, it’s been a great start to the year and the relaunch of the PhotoChallenge.org. I love seeing all the shots you’ve been shooting and sharing.

This week it’s time to step back and take a different approach, one I think of as more tranquil and peaceful – minimalism. There isn’t a universal definition of minimalism, but generally you want to capture the essential element of a subject with a little else as possible. Now, don’t confuse minimalism with simplicity. Simplicity is part of minimalism, but  finding a subject with few elements and free of distractions is far from simple. If you haven’t shot a lot of minimalist photos, this one could be quite a challenge.

Winter (in some places) is a great time to shoot minimalist photos. Snow cover can remove a lot of distractions.


“Fence” by Jon Ragnarsson

Sacandaga ice fishing shelter

Sacandaga ice fishing shelter by joiseyshowaa

Don’t fear if you can’t shoot snow, water is also a great minimalist subject.

River Orwell and stumps, 20 January 2009

“River Orwell and stumps” by ed_needs_a_bicycle

Or you can simplify a landscape with a single subject.


“Checking” by Frodrig

Or use color as the subject of a shot.


“Divisions” by AlwaysBreaking


“One” by daliborlev

Grab your camera and capture the essence of a subject. Once you start thinking like a minimalist, you’ll see subjects to shoot almost everywhere.

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About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.