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

My Mad World (The Walk to Work)

All around me are familiar faces, Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races, Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses, No expression, no expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow, No tomorrow, no tomorrow
– Mad World (Tears for Fears)

I walk to work 5 days a week all seasons, all weathers. I see the sunrises and the passing of time with the seasons, the buds growing and blooming , the leaves fall and the flowers bloom and die, it’s the most magical journey i take twice a day. From light hitting the pavement and roads, steam coming off the street lights with their beams shining down, fading to nothing, frost on the berries, the texture on the leaves, their veins, the shades of bark on the trees, paint on the bridges, the flakes and shades of old and new, Then there is the sound of the birds chirping, different breeds all at once and cars and whizzing past with the tyres making the squishing sound through puddles and watching the droplets subside when they’ve gone. It’s blessing and a curse.

I don’t envy life as a daily commuter stuck in a steel box for however long the journey is, disconnected from their surroundings. Sure I would get there faster but I would miss SO much happening in the world….. my little world of the 20 minute window walking to work.

 

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The light… it’s always about the light. 
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So quiet, but at 5pm this road is end to end with traffic. 
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Reflections.. mono and colour in the same space. Natural light and street light. 

 

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One of the park benches frosted over. Sat here gives a beautiful view of the lake whatever the weather. 

 

 

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The winding gear wheel of the local coal mine that once occupied the space where these photographs were taken.
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Less that 10 minutes walk from the first picture. The lake frozen over giving a superb reflection to the fiery sky.

 

Shooting the Shadows

Light impacts what we see and how we see it. it is the fundamental thing that brings photography to life.

In a lot of photographs it is the lighting that makes or doesn’t make an image work. Knowing how to work with the light will help enormously in capturing photographs that come alive.

The absence of light, darkness, is often overlooked by a lot of photographers because they are too busy concentrating on the light. Shadows play an important role in bringing images to life.

Helping to direct light to a specific point in a composition, shadows can hide and reveal features that you may prefer to be hidden. Shadows also add drama, mood and emotion to the image.

My own style of working with shadows is usually shot during the night or winter mornings when I haven’t the time to photograph on the streets.

Below is a few images of my shadow work.

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Building Light and fences
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Tree Branches
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Building light and fences
Day 03 - Shadows
Sun Shining through a fence
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Evening Sunlight through Window Blinds
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Building Light and fences