Taking Maximum Advantage of Minimalist Art!
How to Get Creative with Your Photography
by Matthew A. Bamberg
Let's take a walk from minimalist architecture to minimalist art. Check out the photo here: it's minimalist. In real life, it's minimalist architecture. As a photograph, it's minimalist art. I've cornered this building to show the upper floors of a building covered with a vertical-blind-like stucture that's built to cover the glass underneath.
This isn't just a decorative element. Here in Palm Springs, temps can rise to 120 degrees F in summer, so the design element here is functional in that it reduces the heat coming into the building.
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Now on to the art part. Look long enough at this picture and it starts to elude you optically. That, really, is the objective with this shot. At first it appears simple, even boring, but look at it long enough and you see it even after you turn away.
Minimalism originated in the 1950s and '60s and can...
- create an object of interest
- use repititive patterns
- be hard-edged
- delineate space
- lacks emotion
Minimalist architecture is easily photographed with any lens, but to give a photo focus, a telephoto lens is best because you can pick one or two elements of the structure (whether it be a sculptural element or an edifice).
Most of the time, these elements will be high up, hence the telephoto.
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