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?