Simple Landscapes

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Less is more? Or is it the other way around?

After having curated tens of thousands of photos in one of the groups on Flickr that I moderate I have noticed a trend in what I like.

The simpler the photo, the better.

About thirty years ago I on occasion would haul around a massive, wooden 8×10 view camera. I never had any of the negatives from the camera enlarged but what I loved, at the time, was the incredible detail that a contact print held.

Imagine if you will, looking into the highest definition television set imaginable. The tiniest detail was ultra crisp and sharp. The more details in the photo the better.

It’s funny how our tastes change because thirty years later I love photos with empty spaces. With colors or tones to lead the eye the result is as pleasing to me as the old contact prints I used to make.

Is one better than the other? The answer is no. Are apples better than oranges? There is no definitive answer. It is not the same as stating that 2+2=4. For that math question there is only one right answer. Art and math are not the same but at the same time if you think hard about a photos composition math is involved. Whether it is following the rule of thirds or seeking balance in an image there is an unspoken math that happens.

If you look around wherever you happen to be the world is full of clutter. In your house. Outside in the city. In the country. There is clutter everywhere. The challenge is to distill all that is around you into the simplest shapes and tones. It takes practice and today I am constantly challenged by it.

Today for me, less is definitely more but for you? Whatever it is that you find pleasing is the direction that you want to take your photography.

Happy shooting,



~ by Dan Jurak on February 12, 2017.

One Response to “Simple Landscapes”

  1. You really make it seem really easy with your presentation however I find this topic to be really something which I feel I would never understand. It seems too complex and very extensive for me. I’m looking forward to your next publish, I’ll attempt to get the grasp of it!

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