Minimalism was a movement that commenced in the 1960s and was rooted in the principle of Keeping it Simple – stripping everything down to its bare essentials, scooping out the unnecessary bits and just leaving just the key aesthetic elements behind.
When I hear the word in connection with photography, not that I have come across this usage often, I am left with the visualization of strong geometric shapes, strong leading lines, plenty of negative space, strong contrasts & textures and strong use of shadows & lights. For some reason that I am not able to put my finger on, black & whites tend to evoke more possibilities of this visual treatment, atleast for me.
One of the key components to getting this right is to compose well – given that there is very little else to distract the viewer from the visual, the subject and the story.
This image of the Kentish Plover was shot a couple of years back in the beaches of southern Kutch. Isolating birds in that place was quite an arduous task and required one to crawl with the camera & tripod while having a few dozen eyes on ones head so that one could be aware of the movements all around. Fortunately, for me, some of these subjects were obliging and I got back with quite a few nice images from that trip. I stumbled upon this particular one last week as I was randomly going through my hard drive. I seem to have missed this earlier and processed it – what jumped at me was symmetry of the horizontal lines of the water and the sand in the background & the focal plane leading to the bird, the oodles of breathing space for the subject with the bird itself seemingly popping out of the frame.