Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of artFrank Lloyd Wright
How often have you said, there’s nothing of interest here to photograph? Not often, I hope! Look at things with a photographer’s eyes and you will almost always find a way to make them look interesting. A broom, a piece of rope, a paintbrush, a few vegetables. All of these and more are food for the hungry camera!
I shared some favourite minimalist shots last year in a previous Lens Artists challenge post. So today, for Mr Philo’s theme of ‘Simplicity’ I’ve decided to focus instead on how the simplest things can often make for an interesting photograph.
I would suggest that this is not quite the same concept as minimalism. It is perfectly possible to take a minimalist photo of a relatively complex subject such as an ornate building or dramatic landscape. And it is also possible to take a definitely ‘maximalist’ photo of a simple object. For this selection I’ve prioritised the simplicity of the subject matter but I tried also to look for more minimalist approaches.
Nature is pleased with simplicity and nature is no dummyIsaac Newton
Boat repair, Ouseburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The boat and rope in my feature photo are from Monopoli, Italy
Peeling paint on a garage door in Ealing, west London
Rubber gloves drying on a boat, Amble, Northumberland
Outside a house in Monopoli, Italy
Part-painted pipe in Cartagena, Colombia
Wall with dead climber, Cartagena, Colombia
Hanging from the roof of the International Friendship Exhibition, Myohyangsan, North Korea
Fallen bauhinia petals in the grounds of the Real Alcazar, Seville
Hibiscus adorning a door in Bandipur, Nepal
Door hinge and staples in Twisp, WA
On Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk, England
Paintbrush and fisherman’s tackle, Praia do Faro, Portugal
Pastel de Nata, Faro, Portugal
Vegetables at Borough Market, London
Pumpkins for sale in Santa Fe, NM
Coconuts at a roadside stall in the plantations of Al Haffa near Salalah, Oman