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Max van Son offers his thoughts on min­i­mal­ism

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WHAT ARE THE MOST IM­POR­TANT CON­SID­ER­A­TIONS FOR MIN­I­MAL­IST IM­AGES?

I have a con­cep­tual ap­proach when I am search­ing for sub­jects. It’s not just the ob­jects them­selves, but I am look­ing for an in­ter­ac­tion be­tween el­e­ments. Pos­si­bil­i­ties in­clude a rep­e­ti­tion of ob­jects, an in­ter­ac­tion be­tween bright con­trast­ing colours or dif­fer­ent hues of one colour, con­trasts be­tween small and large or use of neg­a­tive space in re­la­tion to the main sub­ject.

HOW DO YOU DE­CIDE ON A COM­PO­SI­TION?

Due to my ar­chi­tec­tural back­ground I have de­vel­oped a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to

photography. I am look­ing for the sin­gu­lar­ity and unique­ness of a sub­ject. I think it is of great sig­nif­i­cance to bring out the hid­den qual­i­ties and val­ues of the sub­ject. I cre­ate a more plain back­ground or more neg­a­tive space than in other com­po­si­tions. I look care­fully for a strong com­po­si­tional el­e­ment or a rep­e­ti­tion of sim­i­lar el­e­ments, then I make a choice to com­bine this with bright con­trast­ing colours, com­ple­men­tary colours or colours of a sim­i­lar tonal range.

WHAT ARE YOUR PRE­FERRED LENSES FOR MIN­I­MAL­IST IM­AGES?

The Canon TS-E 17mm f4L and Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L II. The tilt-and-shift lens is of very good qual­ity and is suit­able for both min­i­mal­ism and ar­chi­tec­ture. With this lens it is im­por­tant that you stand (very) close to the sub­ject, to keep dis­trac­tions out of the com­po­si­tion as much as pos­si­ble. The tele­photo zoom lens is very suit­able for de­tails and frag­ments of a build­ing or fa­cade of a large(r) dis­tance. It is easy to zoom in and to con­sider what I am go­ing to in­clude in my shot and what I am go­ing to leave out.

MAX’S TOP TIPS FOR MIN­I­MAL­ISM:

Fo­cus on one or two ob­jects and do not use too many dif­fer­ent colours.

Pay close at­ten­tion to the back­ground. Avoid dis­trac­tions as all at­ten­tion must be fo­cused on the main sub­ject.

Don’t for­get to take pic­tures in black and white. Due to the omis­sion of colour, the sense of min­i­mal­ism can be in­creased in cer­tain com­po­si­tions.

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