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Minimalist Guidelines for our April 2014 Theme Competition.
I have searched the web for minimalist rules, but every photographer has his/her own idea of what they consider a real Minimalist Photograph. However, most all agree on a few guidelines that you can use to test the image that you have taken (or even better, before you take the image). The single theme seems to be the most often mentioned (some use other titles but mean the same).
Minimalist photography is the intentional showing of one theme only.
All distracting elements that may lead to another theme are removed or avoided.
When viewing a minimalist photograph only one theme should occupy our mind.
A good minimalist image should not contain a reason to ask questions.
If those guidelines are followed we will avoid certain comments that our judges frequently make by pointing to an area or subject saying; “That’s where the picture is, all the other stuff is not needed”.
Minimalist photography is also about using the so called “dead space” to the advantage of the image, preventing the judge from declaring “wasted space”. Yes, that can be done by making the space an important part of the entire image.
Nobody said it was easy.
The “Collages and Composites” competition.
Our Theme competition for June was “Collages and Composites”, a theme that prompted some of our members to put their thinking cap on. Usually we go into our archives and supplement some entries that we did not have the time for to photograph to fill our entry allowance. But this time we came back empty handed, our inventory did not contain any suitable images since we routinely concentrate on straight picture taking. This time, our artistic capabilities were challenged to combine 2 or more photographs into one unique image.
A few members realized that this was a radical departure from photographing a subject that had been photographed many times before and that this, the resulting image, was uniquely their own. Others looked for help on the internet and produced their own version very well of whatever they found. Most of us, judging by the amount of entries, gave up and let this opportunity to be creative pass by.
However, let me remind you that our Theme competition “Creativity Unleashed” scheduled for October is very similar, except it will give your creativity even more freedom to create something spectacular. You need to get going on it, a trip into the archives or a regular photo shoot will not do. You need to have a vision of what you want to present and then go out and especially shoot for those creations.
The Collages and Composites competition was a joy to witness and I will do my part to find similar themes for next year. I was so taken by the presentation and by our excellent judge Roy Gordon, that I decided to write about it and give some of the runner ups of that competition another showing on this front page of our web site.
We have made a start into the creative side of photography, let’s explore it further.