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Word of the Week Photo Challenge: Minimalism

Posted by joeabbott on January 26, 2013

WP_20130126_005I’m finding out that “minimalism” is a lot of things to a lot of people. Out on the PhotoChallenge Facebook group, there are pictures of engineering projects, intricate close-ups of leaves, roads with snow and footprints, and even a jet airplane leaving contrails.

I think investing a significant part of my life into engineering with an interest in life sciences has sapped me of the ability to look at much of that without pondering deeper, far-reaching questions. Or even appreciating what’s going on.

The “best” pictures there are those with little detail and near-uniformity of color: a diffuse blur of the sun through clouds, a wan moon in the evening sky, the horizon as seen from an airplane. To me, all of those touch on minimalism but are too big for me: there are worlds out there to explore but you need to take the initiative to step out and see them.

Minimalism is a bare simplicity, and one that’s somehow personal.

And so I present a meager meal, a simple drink, and a plain table: my minimalistic photo for the week.


One Response to “Word of the Week Photo Challenge: Minimalism”

  1. momma said

    i enjoyed this photo as I’d just been reading, in about minimalism, and wondering if I could apply it to my life – a difficult concept as I do enjoy details. For example, I would have added a nice blob of HOPE butter (salted) to the little plate with the bread. And perhaps a nice slice of lemon to the glass of water. I do, however, heartily agree that the best photos – or even views out the window, are – well, I’m looking at a perfect example right now, out the window of my home office… It is snowing heartily here in Minnesota on this Sunday afternoon, and I am looking out at the ground totally covered with deep white fluff, and the east side of the trees and all the tiny branches are also covered. The fence tops and roof tops and and the occasional car going by are all laden with beautiful white snow. I wish I were a photographer and could do justice to what I see. So much white! Even the sky is white! It’s a living B&W photo! Except for the snow, coming down at a good slant, everything is very very still. Even the birds have taken shelter. I wonder how long this will go on? So lovely. Momma

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