ELIMINATE - SIMPLIFY - MINIMIZE
"One does not accumulate but eliminate.
It is not daily increase but daily decrease.
The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity."
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more
to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupe
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Your photographs may benefit from seeing how much you can exclude from your images. Ask yourself: how simple and minimal can I make an image, while still maintaining life and keeping it dynamic? I began to understand this more fully while working with and selling the works of David Fokos, one of today's top master landscape photographers, and whose collection of work I admire greatly. I am not sure if it was the-man or the-work that taught me, and not sure it matters, but with Fokos' work, you see photographs that are at once very minimal, but at the same time extremely dynamic. It was during this time that I realized that the strongest images are the most minimal, that it's not about what's in-the-frame, but more about the-space-around-what's-in-the-frame. In fact, putting some focus on this space between matter will not only benefit your photographs, but every aspect of one's life, for it is in this space that is stillness, and in this stillness is peace. It's no wonder that every wise man and sage throughout the ages speaks of simplifying...
"Life is really simple, but we
insist on making it complicated."