Minimalism in the Ordinary Stuff

Sometimes “less is more”, in its purest form minimalism photography is taking the ordinary and giving it a dramatic twist utilising light and composition to capture simplicity. Concentrating on colours, lines and textures and leaving the interpretation to the viewer in a subjective way.

I base my own minimalism photography ideas on texture, composition, colours and shape. I see details rather than the whole picture so zoning in on patterns, textures and shapes is quite natural for me. I more or less exclusively employ the “rule of thirds” with my minimalism work… It just seems to be more aesthetically pleasing to me that way.

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Pointed Cement Joint 
Day 01 - Swing
A park swing base
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Drain Cover
Day 04 - Sidewalk
Edge of the pavement curb stones
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Latch on a sandstone wall

How I stay inspired with my photography

For the last 11 years there has not been many days i have not taken a photograph. I am inspired by life, the mundane, the ordinary. I love to capture the stuff what people miss, walk past or take for granted, but that is just “things” I photograph.

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Texture and colour sculptured by light

I have ongoing projects such as my “night light” project where i shoot images using ambient street light and/or shop window light as the main light source. This works better on the dark night in winter where the streets are paved with the golden glow from the street lamps. I love to capture LIGHT, the way it enhances things and gives shape to them, how it cuts through mist giving “feel” and depth to the image.

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The evening chill adding ambience via the flood light warmth of streetlight

What about people? I love to photograph people… candidly if at all possible. In a crowd I can disassociate and immerse myself, losing myself observing the nuances of eye contact, facial expressions and interactions between people.

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Truly in the moment

So in conclusion my inspiration is light and life. How can one be bored with “nothing to photograph” in a world of visual beauty. I take a camera just about everywhere I go. It is always ready to capture a beautiful light source burning through a cloud or highlighting a flower, capturing interaction and mood between people and last but not least always ready to help me communicate my vision of the world around me.

Thoughts on Feeling within Creativity.

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin

This quote rings so true for me. I look beyond the surface at what i’m photographing. Take an autumn leaf for example. The texture, the way the light falls on it. The veins in the leaves and the sound of them when the move in a gentle breeze. Dead flora is a great subject to photograph it instantly catches my eye when on my photowalks. This subject is not only available in Winter or Autumn. The remnants of past seasons can always be found if you look hard and long enough.