2021 week 34 – Minimalist photography

This week’s theme is Minimalist photography. Minimalist photography is distinguished by extreme, austere simplicity.
It emphasizes spareness and focuses solely on the smallest number of objects in the composition process.
Keep it simple, use as few details as possible to convey a concept, create a strong composition, a unique visual experience or to tell a story.
An important issue of minimalist photography is to focus on only a limited number of objects and elements when creating a composition. Eliminate all but the most necessary elements of a composition, keep all destracting  and unnessesary details out of the photo.
Use strong leading lines or look for geometric patterns when composing your minimalistic photo. Architecture offers excellent opportunities to find geometric patterns, windows, staircases bridges and brickwalls are excellent places to find interesting patterns.

A window in Venice by Klaus Deisenberger
Balconies by Klaus Deisenberger
Windows by Klaus Deisenberger

Good use of color and interesting textures are both key elements to minimalist photography. Some minimalist compositions even feature texture as the key component.
Try to use light to improve the texture and bring out the colors and contrast.

Window shutters by Klaus Deisenberger
Weathered by Klaus Deisenberger

Look for subjects that stand alone against a simplified background.

Tree in a cornfield by Klaus Deisenberger
Pigeons by Klaus Deisenberger
Autum by Klaus Deisenberger
Fly on a leaf by Klaus Deisenberger

You may find some additional ideas in these articles:


Challenge Summary

  • Take a new photo that fits into the definition of mimimalist photography
  • Apply the basic elements, composition and focus on shape, structure, lines and colour.
  • SOOC (straight out of camera) or post edit your photo during the week of Sunday, August 22 and Saturday, August 28
  • Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr(or both). Tag the photo:  #2021photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2021 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.