Sky Blue on White, Minimalist

Minimalist Kick: Cyanotype on White

I’ve been on a real minimalist kick in my art as of late.  You can certainly see that in my recent photographs in the 365 Project.  And lately, I’m actually finding it quite difficult to find and shoot compelling images of landscapes or cityscapes/architecture.

So what is up? 

Coffee on a Wooden Tray

Coffee on a Wooden Tray

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”
— T.S. Eliot

I must admit, this is not my normal morning ritual.  But the sunlight through the kitchen window was just begging to illuminate a photograph.  

Six Strings

Six Strings

One of the main reasons for undertaking this 365 Project was to force myself to think outside of the box but also to create images quickly. After all, each shot, like Six Strings, would be shot, processed, and uploaded in a day.  

Intersection

Intersection

One of the things that makes a good photograph is simplicity.  Think about what you are trying to create – what is your goal, what are you trying to say, what is the subject – and then remove/minimize all other distractions, either in camera or in processing.   Reduce, streamline, boil down. Make it as visually simple as possible to tell your story and meet your goals.

Lake Michigan Minimalist Triptych

Lake Michigan Minimalist Triptych

It was going to happen.  A day within the 365 days of my project where I don’t feel like going out to shoot nor do I feel too creative.  Heck, it’s Monday after the holidays – I don’t feel like creating anything.  But the project is a photo-a-day project, not a photo-on-the-days-I-feel-like-maybe-kinda-sorta-I-might-could-shoot-and-process-something project.

Blank Slate - Park Bench in Snow

Blank Slate

As 2016 begins, we should all sit down, relax, and imagine what we can create in the coming months.  After all, at this moment, the year is a blank slate.  Focusing on what you want to achieve is the first step toward making it happen.  And you’ll never get there if you never try.