First you take a photo of raindrops on a street sphere. Then you think “Aha. That’s minimalist.” Then you decide on a blog post of minimalist photos. Then you think “Blimey I don’t think I know what minimalist means.” And then you find yourself hooked up to Złoty Tarasy wi-fi, googling minimalism as you eat your apple pancakes and drink your latté.
You discover that you weren’t too far off the mark as you follow links and leads and names. Simple forms; cool rather than dramatic; light as a material presence; stripped back to colours, shape, textures; reduction to the essence; removal of biography and narrative. In fact removal of many things: composition, complex form, theme, metaphor, symbolism, emotion, reference, social comment, any sign at all of the artist.
Then you begin to test out expanded understanding on your own photos. You post them, and challenge argument. How minimalist are they? How are they minimalist?