Minimalist Photography

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  1. UncleRico

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    This is an experiment. I hope you don't mind, but this assignment is a companion to a thread I started by asking the question, "What is minimalist photography," so you might want to reference it for background information.

    Here's the poem for the assignment. It's a classic Imagist poem by Ezra Pound.
    IN A STATION OF THE METRO

    The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
    Petals on a wet, black bough.


    --Ezra Pound

    Have fun with it.

    Link to referenced post: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/photographic-discussions/157235-what-minimalist-photography.html
     
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    I trust this is going to be a great thread. This was a random shot I took at the local abandoned Mental Institution. Ended up bringing a model here and it is great location.

    Love & Bass


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    Fascinating. I'm not sure I really understand, but this really strikes a chord with me -- I think I have some minimalist tendencies already. I'll try posting something here later.
     
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    DeadEye -- I swear, I was just about to post a very similar photo! So instead I'll post a different one, and just link to my own Stairway to Fuel Oil photo (yes, I got a bit slap-happy -- I definitely do not think that art must be serious all the time).

    Here is another one. It is very minimalist, and has a single clear subject. Is this the idea? Spare composition, single strong subject, lack of distractions? I'm curious to hear.

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    Thanks for the post, Craig. I'm sorry for not responding sooner.

    I should say that I am a Noob, I just started this thread hoping to stimulate conversation. I'm happy to offer my opinions, but take them for what they are. (I also think I incorrectly started the thread. Apparently, we're supposed to submit ideas for assignments--truly sorry mods) :blushing:

    In my read of the poem, I think you captured the implied contrast well.

    I like the angle of your shot, and the colors are vivid.

    Good job.

    Ryan
     
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    Hey DeadEye. I think this is a nice image. It almost looks like you could rotate the image and seem something similar (kind of MC Escher (did I spell that right).

    The high contrast also seems indicitave of the poem.

    Ryan
     
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    Hi DCClark. I really like this one. I think the blue and white are a nice contrast, which seems to be a theme in interpretation of Pound's poem. In terms of your assumptions about minimalist photography, I'm not sure what the professionals say, but I think you've captured it.

    Thanks for the submissions. Maybe I'll have some time to try one of my own--way to busy this week.

    Ryan
     
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    It's basically the universal truth that many times less is more.
    You don't have to coat it with a fancy word. But Ill admit it DOES get your
    attention.
     
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    awesome shot deadeye
     

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