Simplifying & Seeking

I am still working on how to simplify the remaining stuff in my life and trying to figure out how to align my photography (gear, compositions, & style) with my views.

There are many differing ideas relative to what simplifying means in photography.  It could be a matter of reducing the number of cameras used and/or letting the camera software make more of the decisions.  It could also mean reducing the number of elements in the composition and including more empty space.  It could also mean only taking one style or type of picture with one camera and one prime lens.

While I’m considering what it means for me, I am also thinking about what the older master photographers did vs. what is currently most popular.  Do all good images have to look like what the masters did?  I am also wondering about documentary styles vs. what some consider fine art images.

I am still in the experimental phase … trying different cameras and lenses and types of images while taking pictures without traveling.  I am also trying to come up with a concept of simplifying that still allows me to make lots of pictures close to home.  Basically, I am doing nothing different than I have always done as a seeker.

One concept that I’ve considered and tried off and on is similar to British photographer Karim Skalli’s project, Mimasu.  Click on it then also go to Skalli’s web site through the link at the end of the article.  It is similar to what I have done and am considering going back to.

I also like to think of images as non-permanent in the sense of being a point in an endless flow of time.  All things change.  We don’t really own anything and nothing lasts forever or is infinite.  Infinity doesn’t mean forever; it just means we can’t measure it yet.  We pay for the privilege of using things and experiencing things in the here and now as time flows on.  I like to capture fleeting glimpses of elements in time, which (to a large extent) is what all photography is about, then show some of them in my blog and then move on.

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