LAPC #202: Minimalism/Maximalism

Posted: June 6, 2022 in Lens-Artist Photo Challenge
Tags: , , , ,

Are you a minimalist or a maximalist when it comes to photography? Do you crave space or enjoy having lots to contemplate? There’s no right or wrong; each brings its own beauty. Bokeh has a lot to do with minimalism in my mind so let’s start with a photo filled with bokeh or basically filled with space: a damselfly over a Wyoming lake.

Looking up from bed one morning at the ceiling fan that’s a life saver in the heat and humidity of Illinois (or the dry, very hot heat of Arizona), I decided it would make a good photo.

There’s more filling this photo but it’s basically still one tomato with a stem.

Does minimal means fewer objects (there’s only a background and the face here) or is it the busy-ness of a shot? This photo gives you the chance to decide.

This final shot from Tlaquepaque, Sedona’s village-like shopping area, has a lot to see but is less busy than the previous photo, also from Tlaquepaque. Which one seems to better fit the term “maximal” and why?

Thanks, Sofia, for a challenge with maximum fun!

  1. restlessjo says:

    I definitely don’t like ‘busyness’ but it takes all sorts to make a photo, Janet.

  2. Hmm, I’m not a great photographer so I’m probably somewhere in the middle. I must say that first photo certainly captured my attention, and I really like it.

  3. I liked your first 3 photos most. I suppose I am a minimalist too! Although certain places with interesting colours and items can also be beautiful!

  4. I like minimalism more than maximalism so, like you, I’ll be posting more of the former. Nice choices, Janet. Nice capture on that damselfly!

    • I was quite happy that day to capture not only this one but a number of them together. Usually they’re too fast or too far away. I tend to be minimalistic too.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    These are all lovely, Janet.

  6. Tina Schell says:

    Your damselfly is amazing janet – and the guy on the wall is DEFINITELY maximalism. YIKES!

  7. Nothing better than a flowing fountain in the heat. That last one conjures up all the senses.
    Still I love the lines of the tomato stem (and color contrast) and that long curved string of the fan which opens the mind’s door to a story that is spinning around without the distractions of busy colors and patterns. Less can me more!

  8. Lovely collection.
    Love the damselfly

  9. I like them both at different times depending on the subject or scene. I love your damselfly! Catching them in flight can be hard.

    Your ceiling fan took me back to an exercise I had when learning photography and how to capture motion. My teacher had the class use a ceiling fan to practice on to learn and understand shutter speed.

    The water fountain is lovely. My mind tuned everything else out but that! I love the draping water.

  10. Nice catch on the dragonfly!

  11. Cee Neuner says:

    You have some terrific photos. But Janet, your string from the overhead fan is stunning and clever 😀 😀

  12. Sofia Alves says:

    I’m glad you had fun and it shows, great photos. Dragonfly is my favourite 🙂

  13. Sue says:

    Great collection, Janet! I’m a fan of minimalism, that dragonfly

  14. Amy says:

    Love your take on, Janet! The dragonfly is a great capture. The ceiling fan is pretty creative for mini.
    The tile works is maxi!

    • Thanks, Amy. The tile work interests me for this discussion because it shows how something simple in numbers can be maxi. But then each tile is maxi in and if itself. 😁

  15. Prior... says:

    I love the closing photo for the maximal feel but then it also had a balanced and harmonious vibe
    And so cool
    How each photo today actually coordinates with color and elements
    You also ease us in – slowly
    – from minimal to maximal, which was quite clever

  16. Leya says:

    Love all of these, maximalism too… But the damselfly and the fountain are the winners for me.

  17. Wind Kisses says:

    I enjoyed your take on this one, and that you included Tlaquepaque. The wall was the perfect example. I love that place. It is a photographers dream. Great collection, and nice tomato from your garden I presume.

    • It’s the best shopping center I’ve ever been to. My big tomatoes didn’t ripen in time but the cherry tomatoes were delicious. I think the heat got the big ones.

  18. Marsha says:

    Same shopping center as my PPAC picture today, but I think it is a different fountain. Yours doesn’t have the grimy deposits on it that mine has. To answer your question about busyness. I think both pictures are more maximal than minimal. Your first two are perfect for minimal, to my untrained eye. That doesn’t mean I don’t like them because I particularly like the second one!

    • So many beautiful things in that shopping center! I tend towards minimalism but have quite a few exceptions. 😉

      • Marsha says:

        I tend towards maximalism, but love a great close up or minimal picture. I tend toward busy but admire those who take or visualize minimally! 🙂