I came across the term Minimalist Photography this week on Google+. Photographer Steve Johnson will be releasing a book this Spring covering the topic in depth. He defines Minimalist Photography as not simply about taking a photograph of less. Minimalism is about getting to the essence of something. By definition, it is a reductive process that starts from a non-minimalist position then, through the stripping away of what is not important, gets to what is important.
As I said, I came upon the term after my visit to Ithaca last weekend. In past visits to the waterfalls, I concentrated on the BIG picture. The grand landscape. This time I took time to look for small details. What I call Mini-landscapes.
While I had not been exposed to minimalist photography yet, I was trimming away at the grand landscape. Focusing in on the essence of the scenes found in the snow, ice, rock and dried plants. Winter is Nature’s minimalist season.
My processing of these photos was not in the minimalist way as I enhanced colors, textures and exposures. I shall be revisiting this kind of photography in the future as I found it challenging which is always a good thing.