Minimalism in Photography - Less is more

There are as many photographic styles as there are photographers, and for a new photographer, developing a style is as great a challenge as mastering the skill. One of the more illusive yet visually appealing styles - minimalism requires excellent visual composition skills and discipline for success. 

Minimalist photography relies on expert composition and a clear subject. The use of negative (empty) space, rule of thirds, leading lines, and contrast draws the viewer to the subject and creates a sense of harmony and peace. 

Negative space

Negative space - the areas of an image, lacking in detail, or empty space, is a common and overwhelming element in minimalism. A technique used by minimalist painters such as Robert Mangold since the 1960's which can be used to provoke a strong compulsion toward the main subject of the photograph by setting the subject in isolation. 

Simplicity

By simplifying the composition, the intent behind the photograph can be either enhanced or diminished. By including a focal point, the purpose of the photograph becomes clear, however by removing the focal point, a very different and ambiguous effect is produced. The use of simple lines and areas of colour can be effectively used to lead the eye, or enhance an abstract photograph. 

Close up

Eliminating the object as a whole, and focusing only on a single interesting element, minimalist composition can enhance the appeal of even the most simple of subjects. Allowing the user to complete the scene in their own minds, minimalist art draws it's appeal from mystery, and their ability to evoke emotion in an uncomplicated way.