Less is More

I would like to simplify my compositions and images in my personal photography to make them different from my documentary photography.

I like simple images and they are something that is independent of the camera used.  They require finding simple compositions as well as utilizing techniques such as apertures, shutter speeds, focal lengths, getting close, and processing to minimize the extraneous parts of the compositions.  The subject is secondary.

My biggest challenge will be finding simple, contemplative compositions.  I can pretty much give up on finding them on the streets of Hanover since the architecture, etc. is very old and messy and colorful.  But, the nice thing about my desire or goal is that a minimalist image is relative to some degree, and I might be able to make some while walking the streets.  They are also hard to find within landscape views nearby, but I will look.  The easiest for me to find will probably be individual flowers or close-ups of details of things.

There are several reasons that I want to focus on this style of images.  One, I want something to work on that is a counterbalance to my Homewood event photography, or any typical travel photography that I might someday do again.  Those forms of photography are of the documentary or record making style, and I get tired of them.  In addition, I need images that are more independent of people and places that are safe to post on my blog.  The final reason is that I have recently reviewed a lot of my pictures made over the years and I have found that I have preferred the images that were of details, close-ups, simple, or odd in composition.  I found that they were more fun to process and that their quality was better than those made while recording events, etc.

Another ulterior motive is that over the most recent years I have mostly acquired cameras and lenses that were needed for my Homewood photography, not for my personal photography interests.  I have tried many other cameras, but retained few, that I thought that I might like for my personal photography.  One problem was that I tried cameras I liked rather than cameras and lenses that I needed.  My personal photography was so scattered and general in nature that my perceived wants changed faster than I could change cameras.  One way to think of it, I kept putting the cart before the horse.

Another motive of mine is to have something to look forward to other than the clutter of the times, especially the political nonsense that is going on in the U.S. now.  I need something creative to focus on in order to offset the decay of all I see and hear around me. I need calming relief from the ongoing circus.

I will try to combine my project of photographing more with the X100F with the challenge of making more simple or minimalistic images, at least when the weather cooperates and I can spend more time outside.  I might find that the X100F is the ideal camera for such use.  Won’t it be nice if I could apply the “less is more” philosophy to cameras as well as images?

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