All About Nothing

You can read my photography musing on Terra Quantum website, in Photography Talks. The latest one is titled ‘All about nothing’. Here, is a short version of it. Art is about personal expression, and the pursuit of photographic creativity is different for everyone. In recent years there has been a lot of talk amongst landscape photographers about mindful and minimalist photography. What is it that makes both so popular? In short, mindful photography is more of a contemplative photography that encourages photographers to notice more and reveal how they see the world around them. For me, learning about mindful approach resulted in reaching more often to minimalist photography. Minimalist photography requires simplicity, and it emphasises spareness. Focusing on one subject is very fulfilling for me, though at times, frustratingly difficult. To strip a subject down to almost nothing, to its essence, whether by using negative space, isolation, careful composition or long exposure can be hard. In my slowed down approach, which helps with my minimalistic photography, I like to repeat to myself William Henry Davies’ words from his poem ‘Leisure’: ‘What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’