Word of the Week Photo Challenge: Minimalism
Posted by joeabbott on January 26, 2013
I’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.