Minimalism – Take 2
“It is easy to be a minimalist photographer when there is nothing to photograph.” – Kathryn Dannay
I wrote about minimalism once before. I was in Iceland and it happened rather accidentally [see the post Minimalism]. This time, it was a key feature of our Japan photo tour. We headed north to the prefecture of Hokkaido, known for many things, but especially its snow. Sapporo was our base location, one of the snowiest cities in the world.
Suffice it to say, it snowed everyday. Everything was white.
We headed to the town of Biei in search of trees. The snow made it easy to show off a simple subject.
Minimalism focuses on the elements such as shape, color and / or lines. The snow made it easy to focus on these elements.
Minimalism uses negative space (for a photographer this means empty space) to increase the impact of the subject.
Minimalism is all about keeping the distractions out of the composition. The snow was perfect for this. It eliminated grass, shrubs, signs, and was even deep enough (at times) to eliminate any people.
For variety, we also photographed traditional Torii gates. One of the challenges, I had here is with the constant snow. The snow impacts the visibility and clarity of the subject.
Photographing the Hokkaido region of Japan was different. It was simple. It was beautiful. It was minimalistic. Just like this post!
What do you think? Are you a minimalist?
I am not a minimalist but loved your post and it would be a challenge to try to do minimalist photography. Thank you for sharing your wonderful posts!
Thanks so much for following along. I love minimalistic photography! It was much easier with all the snow.
I’m glad you escaped the urban dense areas to enjoy these open spaces. And in some of your photos, interesting to see the animal and human tracks coursing their way through the deep snowfall there!
We did see some deer. Other footprints may have been fox. Too deep for humans (at least me) without snow shoes. I sunk up to my waist when I stepped into the snow.
Love your pictures. I would put in my house. As usual wonderful pictures.
Thank so much for taking the time to read. All our photos are available for print, if you decide you would like to enjoy one at your home.
I absolutely loved these images! I have always wanted to do a “tree” photo project. Hard to find those “lone” trees but I am always on the look out. I do see them but they are usually along a highway with no where to stop!
And the snow just makes it perfect. Great job!
Thanks so much for your comments. We were fortunate to have a group traveling via small bus, and the bus driver did stop in the road a few times. This wax great for us to seize the opportunity. However, we did get the attention of the local police who frowned upon this and let our driver know.