The emptiness of entityness (one of five types of emptiness discussed within Buddhist philosophy) is illustrated … with the example of a cairn and a human being. Both exist and are mutually exclusive…a cairn when viewed from a distance can easily be mistaken for a human, whereas upon closer inspection, there is nothing whatsoever that is human about a pile of stones. A human is utterly absent there. A rope mistaken for a snake would seem to be another example of the emptiness of entityness.~D. Lopez, Jr. (The Heart Sutra Explained, p54.)
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On the other hand, reducing to the essence and then reducing that to the absolute minimum needed is the fullest fullness attainable.
Interesting perspective…does that explain the beauty of minimalism?
To me it does.
Take a look at a post on my blog called “Scrape” and take a look at my formal website and you will see that I majorly lean in a minimalist direction.
Thank you for the invitation. Your “Scrape” image…has invited me to wonder if limiting a composition to two or three elements (as I see in this image, tone and line) is a key factor in the beauty of minimalism?
Thank you for taking a look. I don’t know if I can characterize it as a particular technique as much as my viewpoint. If I see something in an image, or a potential image, that really appeals to me I begin at the beginning: I composed a shot to emphasize what I see and what I want to show. In post production then, I still work on that emphasis. I do it in a lot of ways. It all depends… Thank you for taking a look. I don’t know if I can characterize it as a particular technique as much as a viewpoint. If I see something in an image, or a potential image, that really appeals to me I begin at the beginning: I composed the shot to emphasize what I see and what I want to show. In post production then, I still work on that emphasis. I do it in a lot of ways. It all depends… your recent work seems to be leaning in that direction, which is why I made the point. I can’t say enough how much I really admire the work in the past week or so.
I find that my work begins with something that connects with me and then I just go with it during post production. What I have learned from photographers and self study guides me in the choices I make. What becomes a bit of frustration is that I’m unable to recreate a style as I don’t log or track, which I think would distract the flow. The history within Photoshop seems more of a hindrance when I try to recreate with a new image layer. This is in opposition to my spouse who creates from an idea in his head…I guess I could say his creative work is internal while mine is external.
There’s no set way of doing things. Do what works for you.
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