This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is hosted by Amy. Her chosen theme is “less is more“. Amy’s inspiration for this theme is a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
Now that is a very intriguing notion to me, because it seems to me that there is nothing more perfect than nature’s design. As someone who takes nature photos, the question I often ask myself is — “to what extent can we alter nature’s design (and our photos) without losing everything?”
Another quote used by Amy was this one from John Maeda.
“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”
I think I need your help on this one, ladies and gentlemen. Does Maeda’s quote imply that simplicity is synonymous with meaningful? If so, let me ask you a simple question.
Why are we here?
Perhaps the answer is neither obvious nor simple? Without context (complexity), can we agree on what is meaningful?
And in this context, how much detail is too much detail?
Do these question do your head in? Good, join the club. 🙂
Only the first two photos in this series were taken by me. The rest were taken by my family. They are completely unedited, except for the last one which I may have brightened up a little (it was so long ago that I can’t remember).