The Minimalist provided an opportunity to rethink the meaning of objects and notional concepts. Experimentation with composition, lighting, textures, colors, and shadows allowed photographers to redefine visual minimalism, using abstract and still life photography to engage with the apersonal.
The idea came while looking over the dunes and beach to the sea on the Dutch coast. I wanted to depict the scene in a minimalist way and limit it to just a few colors. So I took the photo as a long exposure so that the hard contours dissolve and the colors run smoothly.
The story behind the specific picture is as simple as the image itself : find your inner strength to stand up, no matter the situation. Sometimes less is more in life. During this extra difficult and frustrating period of quarantine and COVID19, this picture is more accurate than ever for me.
I think minimalism is all about clear frames, eye-catching compositions, nice palettes and the sense that what you see is a part of a world with as much information as you need. Nothing more or less. A world full of geometric sequences, symmetries, with or without people to delimit the frame. I selected this photo because it seemed to me like the perfect timing between my point of view, the sun and the shadow.