Types Of Minimalism



I will take each one of these sub-types one by one and lay-down my interpretations of the same. I will also included photo examples for each of them for better comprehension.

1) Minimalism as Less Elements


Explanation: Here one isolated singular subject can be used so that it receives 100% percent attention span. A secondary supporting subject can also be used to enhance the composition but it should be made sure that if not 100% but the majority of the attention span remains with the primary subject.

Example:

A Minimalist Photo of Red and gray steel water pipe on a gray wall.
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As you can see above I have used a primary subject i.e the red pipe and a supporting subject which shares less attention as it is of the same color as the wall. The number of elements here are limited to two and focus on them has been drawn by using a lot of empty space (negative space).


2) Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors


Explanation: You can also use a mix of few contrasting colors, primarily forming some shapes, patterns or lines. Ideally, keep at least two to three colors in the palette, if not more. At the same time try to restrict the overall elements in the frame.   

Example:

A Minimalist Photo of yellow red and white wall
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3) Minimalism as in Small Objects 


Explanation: This form of minimal is literal in nature where the subject shown is very small in size in comparison to the total frame. Such frames remind us of how miniscule our existence is in the infinite universes.

Example:

A black and white Minimalist Photo of a Bird walking on the railing of a terrace.
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4) Minimalism as Simple Geometry


Explanation:  Use of simple geometric shapes such as circles, lines, curves, squares, cylinder, rectangles, triangles etc comprise of such frames.


Example:

A Minimalist Photo of the side railing of a staircase.
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In the above example "Line" as a simple geometric shape has been used.


5) Minimalism as Parts of the Whole


Explanation: A lot is left to the imagination of the viewer here. In such photos snippets or only a part of the whole subject is photographed making the viewer guess the rest of the shape (whole). This creates a sense of mystery about the subject which results is more engagement.


Example:


A Minimalist Photo of the Arcs of a astronomical instrument at Jantar Mantar Jaipur
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6) Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes

Explanation: Images comprising of symmetrical repetition of shapes fall under this category. Lets take an example below to better understand this.

 Example:


A Minimalist Photo of Multi Colored windows in repetition.
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7) Minimalism as Low Detail


Explanation: Such photos generally carry very less detail and are thought provoking. They leave a lot for the viewers imagination. One could still relate the subject to the real world and complete the picture in his mind.


Example:


A Black and White Minimalist Photo of an Old man and his friend rowing a boat, lost in the sea.
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8) Zeroism


Explanation: The subject may not be directly pointed at. The viewer is kept guessing on how the eye should move visually in the frame. The elements may or may not relate to any real world object/reference. Such photos can also be compared with abstracts.

Example:

A Black and white Minimalist Photo of Blurred abstract shapes behind a plastic curtain.
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I hope the above examples and theory helps. Before you begin taking your Minimal photos I would suggest you also read my other post Train your Eyes for Minimalist Photography.

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