Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #43–Less is More
“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A few years ago, I took a photography lesson. My instructor stressed how important it is to focus on one or two elements in our photos. She would make some brutal crops of my images to illustrate. I recall one day, she cropped almost everything out of my bird image and left only part of a wing. Needless to say, there was nothing left to take away from that bird photo.
As an example, here is an image of tree vines hanging on a wall. After some cleaning up through Photoshop, I can see the shape of the lines of the vines a little better:
Though I haven’t been able to achieve “when there is nothing left to take away” and often wonder “extreme spareness and simplicity” (Merriam Webster), I think the photography lesson taught me the importance of focusing on a subject. Below is a simple, unique, old fashioned door lock.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” –John Maeda
“Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius