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Minimalism is indeed the art of less. As a life philosophy, minimalists focus on a few essential elements of life and cast unnecessary things aside. In today's showcase, we have collected 50 examples of minimalist photography, where the focus is one one small key element and the rest of the composition is completely clutter free. You'll be surprised at how powerful these images can be!
Why Should You Try This?
Touting the benefits of minimalism is all well and good, but why is this a technique that you should try at home? Here are three persuasive reasons to give it a go:
- It draws the viewer's attention - If you'd like to emphasise one small part of an image, this is a fantastic way to do it. Although a very shallow depth of field can work well, there's no substitute for eliminating every other distraction from the frame.
- These photos are commercial gold - If you have any interest in selling your photography work - either through a stock image site, or elsewhere - this type of minimal image is in very high demand. One of the main things that publishers look for is a place to add their own advertising copy (text). Minimal photography lends itself well to this, providing plenty of space for publishers to work around the main focal point of the photo.
- It's more of a challenge - Anyone can grab a camera and start snapping away. Approaching a scene with the intention of taking a minimal-style photo is far more difficult. It requires the right location, extra planning, and - often - perfect timing to ensure your focal point is positioned just right. It's a challenge for even the most seasoned photographer!
Share Your Images!
Have you shot any photos that follow this style and pattern? Be sure to share a link in the comments so we can all take a look!