by Editor Wicher Bos
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
~Clare Boothe Luce~
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
~Lin Yutang ~ (The Importance of LIving)
These quotes really apply to photography as well in full. Like poets can say so much with just few words only, so can an excellent photographer with just few pictorial elements. The phrase “knowing what to leave out” is often used as a to guide for a powerful image.
At the heart of photography is the idea that you are conveying a message to your viewers. Perhaps you want to show the beauty of a waterfall or the drama of an incredible sunrise. Or, you may hope to depict the dark intensity of a jagged mountain peak. A photograph with a clear message can be as effective as possible; its composition, colors, subject matter, and lighting all add to the impression that you are trying to convey.
And, more than any other element of composition, the concept of simplicity helps you achieve this goal.
Enjoy my selection of 1x images to illustrate this wisdom…
For closing, if you want to understand how ‘simplicity’ can turn into poetry, read this old verse by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886):
How happy is the little stone
That rambles in the road alone,
And doesn’t care about careers,
And exigencies never fears;
Whose coat of elemental brown
A passing universe put on;
And independent as the sun,
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute decree
In casual simplicity.
I am sure somewhere in 1x.com is the perfect image to match this poem, if you found it, let me know in the comments section please.