I am coming to the end of a 5 day visit to Joao Pessoa in Brazil. Although it is a working visit, I have been able to find some time to get out and about with my camera. During my stay, my inspiration for photography has come from the long stretches of golden sandy beaches, and true to my minimalist self, I found just the shot I was looking for!
I am in the process of building up a series called City Facades, and captured this one recently when in the USA. More of this series can be found in my sales gallery here
Sometimes the best image is the first one you take. At the time I was not happy with the lighting as this wall was in shade. However, when I returned later in the day, there was too much glare from the glass, and the shadows in the windows were too distracting.
The building I was photographing here was a fairly boring, almost brutalist style concrete structure. Here I have focussed my composition on a section of the structure, just as the concrete protrusions were casting shadows, all perfectly in line with the windows.
The day I first visited this location, there were two problems. The first one was that it was a working day, and there was too much activity to feel comfortable about taking the shot, particularly as the only suitable position was in their private car park. the second problem was the sun was behind me, so I was getting far too much reflection from the steel walls and glass. Thankfully I was able to return the following morning, which was a Saturday, and the sun was in front of me!
Most of my minimal images are straight on shots, or are straightened in post processing. Occasionally though, I can’t get near enough without getting lens distortion, so the fallback is to shoot at an angle. More ‘lines in minimalism’ can be found in this collection
The beauty of abstract work is that the viewer can see what they like. Someone commented that this image looked like a piano keyboard. I never saw this until they commented, now I can’t get it out of my head!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and followers!
If had been paying more attention at the time, I would have made a mental note of what the orange thing was in that window. As it was, and as it usually is, I was paying more attention to composition and to finding the right spot to take the photo. Now I am curious and must go back when I am next in that city!
This may look like part of an industrial building, but in fact this was residential. Thankfully the sun was so bright that the residents had closed their blinds, otherwise I feel the scene would have been ruined, at least from a minimal photography perspective.
While this wall was very interesting to me as a minimalist photographer, I felt it needed something else to lift it . I tried including some some of the wall’s windows, but that didn’t seem to work. Finally, I decided to include some of the roof security fencing, which to my eyes contrasted nicely with the wall and the Californian blue sky in the background.
I am a real sucker for ‘I can see a face’ images. This one I ‘found’ on a fairly uneventful stroll around a dull and grey city. Thankfully the bricks on the wall were white, which nicely contrasted with the blue of the door and vents.
My very first post on this blog was ‘Minimalism is like Marmite’ and I felt this image summed up this title so well I thought I would revisit. Many will see this as just too simple to appreciate. Where is the subject? Where is the detail? However, if you are like me, you will see beauty in the arrangement and balance of the shapes, being the essence of minimalism in photography.
Here in the UK we’re defintely a bit short on shadows, particularly over the last couple of months, so I thought I would post a rare sighting from last year. Needless to say, about an hour after this was taken the skies clouded over and we got the usual rain! Thankfully I travel overseas for work!
Here is a comment I saw relating to a competition I entered recently:- “There are quite a few boring photos in the mix in this competition that dont (for me) capture any emotion or movement showcasing architecture. Taking a flat photo of a building 100 yards away is not exactly creative.”
Although I would regard myself as a law abiding citizen, when it comes to photography I do like to break the rules, often deliberately as it disturbs the viewer, either consciously or subconsciously. The rule of thirds is one of the most commonly Continue reading
Another one from my 2014 Industrial Colour project, this photo typifies the thousands of small industrial units which can be found in my local area and beyond. The use of bright contrasting colours combined with straight lines really appeals to my minimal vision. Continue reading
Whilst I am very lucky to be able to travel the world for work, and visit some very exciting and photogenic cities, sometimes I find great subject matter right on my doorstep. This interesting wall was found outside a very busy supermarket, Continue reading
Although it is normal practice to hold the camera straight, sometimes a photograph can be enhanced by tilting it slightly, as in the example of the above. I took many shots of this scene including standard landscape and portrait, Continue reading
The fronts of buildings are often cluttered with the likes of signs, lamp posts and so on. Therefore I often find the most interesting photo opportunities in urban minimal photography are to be found at the rear Continue reading
I was fascinated by the peeling paint, because it disturbs what is otherwise a plain and boring industrial shutter into a bizarre abstract. Unlike most of my ‘Colours of Industry’ photography which is about clean lines and regular geometric shapes, Continue reading
Sometimes, and only sometimes, an overcast grey sky is better than clear and blue. Had it been the latter on the day I took this photo, then the reflection on the open window may have been too blue and not provided the contrast I needed between the surrounding blue which was a result of the reflective colour used in the glass.
I am sure that some think that minimal urban photography doesn’t have time constraints. After all, buildings don’t move do they? Then again, it depends where your reference. Continue reading
It was important for me to get the blue sky into the composition to give the right geometric balance. Unfortunately it was another example of where positioning to get the right composition was not ideal. Continue reading
Sometimes photographic subjects can be found in the most unlikely of places. In this example I was walking back to my hotel through the car park. When I looked up I saw this fascinating pattern created by Continue reading
I find that after a certain amount of time out and about taking photographs I start to feel mentally drained. On this particular occasion I had been out for most of the day and had definitely passed that proverbial time barrier. Continue reading