The Simplicity Project, No. 10

glasses

Letting go of labeling what I saw as beautiful, photo-worthy, not worth my time, etc., I could just see things as they are. Everything had the ability to catch my eye. No page of the novel of my life was better than another.

Brian Sano

My December Simplicity Projet continues….

For many splendid images of simplicity, visit the Flickr group, Photographic Simplicity.

The Simplicity Project, No. 9

I started my Simplicity Project at the beginning of December, inspired by Kim Manley Ort’s invitation to post one simple image a day this month. I joined up with a Flickr group of wonderful kindred spirits who also accepted this invitation with excitement. Everybody is welcome.

Decembers can be a frenzy of holiday-related activity, and I am drawn to the idea of a different kind of month. This year we are in a warm climate getting ready to launch our sailboat, and to live aboard it for the winter.

It’s a simpler life. I thought it would go well with a focus on greater simplicity in my images.

I expected that this practice of simplicity would affect my photography — in a good way, I hoped — since I find that  simpler images are often the most compelling. But the surprise for me was how quickly and drastically this new focus would change my very perception too.

Last week, I felt that things that were previously invisible to me came out of hiding. And that even everyday things started to look entirely different.

Last week I saw lights out the car window, lighthouses, grapefruit, hedge clippings, peeling boat paint and dappled light on a bedspread through fresh eyes. I noticed so much more when looking for images that would contain less.

I am now conscious of moving toward a more direct visual perception of things — I say moving toward because this is a lifelong process and practice. What this means for example is that instead of being preoccupied by the idea of a subject (say a simple piece of fruit), I now look at it also as a unique collection of lines and shapes and colours, with shadows and light falling in a particular way and constantly changing.

Before last week, I don’t think I would have taken a photograph of dappled light on a bed because, well, it was just dappled light on a bed. Or hedge clippings. Who photographs hedge clippings? I’m sure I’m not the only one who has the idea that those are not interesting subjects for photographs. But in seeking simplicity I was able to connect in a new way to the particular beauty of all aspects of my surroundings, not just the expected ones.

Now that I stop to think about it, I realize I have been heading in this direction for some time now. I just needed a practice like this to kickstart me and focus me.

So my intent for the rest of the month is to be more open to what I observe and faithfully capture and share my perceptions in a way that is less connected to what I have been conditioned to do and more connected to what my heart tells me.

In fact, this is a project that will occupy me long after December is over.

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The Simplicity Project, Nos. 7 and 8: Abstract edition

Focusing on abstract simplicity

This is the end of first week of December, and I have so enjoyed doing  my simplicity project this month. I find I am seeing things differently — and more directly — than I normally do.

Having been inspired by Kim Manley Ort, I decided to join her in posting images that are simpler and more minimal than usual. I wanted a way to remind myself to focus on what is really essential in an image, and in the rest of life too.

If this also appeals to you, there’s a Flickr group devoted to Photographic Simplicity that you are welcome to join.

The Simplicity Project, No. 6

Juicy grapefruit

Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more.

 John Kabat-Zinn

This is the first week of December, and thus begins my simplicity project.

Having been inspired by Kim Manley Ort, I am joining her in posting images that are simpler and more minimal than usual. It’s a way to remind myself to focus on what is really essential in an image and in the rest of life too.

If this also appeals to you, there’s a Flickr group devoted to Photographic Simplicity that you are welcome to join.

The Simplicity Project, No. 5

Remnants from hedge clipping

To reduce something to its most minimal involves the

stripping away of layers to get to its core.

Steve Johnson

This is the first week of December, and thus begins my simplicity project.

Having been inspired by Kim Manley Ort, I am joining her in posting images that are simpler and more minimal than usual. It’s a way to remind myself to focus on what is really essential in an image and in the rest of life too.

If this also appeals to you, there’s a Flickr group devoted to Photographic Simplicity that you are welcome to join.

The Simplicity Project, No. 4

final for simp project

 

Ultimately, simplicity is the goal — in every art, and achieving simplicity is one of the hardest things to do. Yet it’s easily the most essential.

Pete Turner

This is the first week of December, and thus begins my simplicity project.

Having been inspired by Kim Manley Ort, I am joining her in posting images that are simpler and more minimal than usual. It’s a way to remind myself to focus on what is really essential in an image and in the rest of life too.

If this also appeals to you, there’s a Flickr group devoted to Photographic Simplicity that you are welcome to join.

The Simplicity Project, No. 3

Simplicity demands our deepest attention in order to be appreciated.

William DeRaymond

 

This is the first week of December, and thus begins my simplicity project.

Having been inspired by Kim Manley Ort, I am joining her in posting images that are simpler and more minimal than usual. It’s a way to remind myself to focus on what is really essential in an image and in the rest of life too.

If this also appeals to you, there’s a Flickr group devoted to Photographic Simplicity that you are welcome to join.

The Simplicity Project, No. 2

lights i-95

Out of clutter, find simplicity.

Albert Einstein

December is here and thus begins my simplicity project.

This has been inspired by Kim Manley Ort and so I am joining her in posting images that are simpler and more minimal than usual. It’s a way to remind myself to focus on what is really essential in an image and in the rest of life too.

If this also appeals to you, there’s a Flickr group devoted to Photographic Simplicity that you are welcome to join.

The Simplicity Project, No. 1

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Going to seed….

December is here and thus begins my simplicity project.

This has been inspired by Kim Manley Ort and so I am joining her in posting images that are simpler and more minimal than usual. It’s a way to remind myself to focus on what is really essential in an image and in the rest of life too.

If this also appeals to you, there’s a Flickr group devoted to Photographic Simplicity that you are welcome to join.