I found this challenge quite difficult as I really didn’t know the definition of Minimalism in photography. I looked up Minimalistic images on Google and found a number of very different images. One quote I looked at described a Minimalistic image as
“minimalist photography is about cherishing what we value most and removing all other distractions.”
Therefore, I tried to concentrate on this, using generally one flower mainly but I did try a portrait and including a lot of negative space. I feel I got a bit lost along the way and included too much in some of my images. I also concentrated on flowers and would have liked to feature some architecture.
I would like to pursue this subject further as I have seen other people’s images and would like to improve my images. I find it a fascinating subject.
“I haven’t really worked with glass very much before so when planning the work, I thought about light, reflection, and background. I looked at some images on the internet of other photographers to give me some inspiration and during our first meeting we looked at how to build a set with card to diffuse the light, and the use of a reflective black tile to put the glasses on.
We also discussed backgrounds. This pushed me into buying a Light Pad and a glass ball to do some reflective work. Both were relatively cheap on the Internet.
On the first evening we shared our attempts and discussed the difficulties we had found. This was extremely helpful and although some photographers are more experienced everyone felt at ease to share their work. I particularly liked Kathy’s work where she had lined some wine glasses up one behind the other and the reflections of each glass reflected through the bowl of the glass giving odd shapes. This is what I tried. The light box gave a diffused backing to my work and my kitchen surface gave a dull reflection. I shone a lamp on the glass as I do not have flashlights and was pleased with the results. The first challenge made me experiment, made me think about structure in a Tabletop image and gave me a new idea to work on. “