Minimalism has been a trend for the last few years due to the overwhelming amount of stuff in our houses and lives.
Recently, I've noticed that minimalism is becoming a trend in photography. (Funny story - It's actually how I found Jonathan Higbee for Issue Four. I searched "minimal" on Instagram and his account @typicalanomaly popped up. It is full of minimal abstract images found on the street. I asked if he would contribute to the magazine. But when he sent me his photos, they were full of fun, quirky (award winning) images of people on the streets of New York. Happy surprise! But I'm still obsessed with his minimal images.)
Issue Four is all about LEARNING. And one thing I want to learn this year is how to notice minimal images out on the street. I've started looking more at patterns and lines on buildings. I also want to learn how to move around a scene. Because of my intense focus, I tend to get obsessed with one view. I have to yell at myself in my head - "Move!" So, today I practiced minimalism and moving. Here are the results -
And I also want to learn how to push a photo to its limits.
Which leads us to a discussion for another day -
Is it still street photography if you do this to it?
Meredith M Howard is a photographer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She was inspired to start THE STREETS magazine after many conversations with strangers in downtown Atlanta.