Weekly Photography Challenge: Minimalist

Fortunately the Photography challenge this week is to produce ‘Minimalist’ photos, not to actually become a minimalist around the house, because, although I admire minimalism and find it to be beautiful, I am constitutionally incapable of it…

“Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer.”

I think I can do that…

Focusing on a single flower is a fairly simple way to achieve minimalism in a photo. The native violet was in the Grampians National Park, and the poppy in my garden. The best thing about those poppies is that they self-sow readily (not necessarily where you want them!), and they also hybridise freely, so every year it’s exciting to see what colours appear. And then it’s irresistible to take more photos…  The glowing sphere is a glass marble. I have quite a collection, and I put lots of plain coloured ones in a large glass vase, with a smaller glass beaker in the centre. A candle in the beaker lights up the wall of glass spheres magically. I took a series of photos, but this is the minimal one! Gleaming faceted ‘crystals’ hang in every sunny window of our house – here’s one of them. The forks may not quite fit the brief – there is no single subject framed by negative space – but it is a very simple image and I like it.

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