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Minimalism in Photography (Podcast 530)

Minimalism—I almost made the title of this post just "Minimalism" but that's a little bit open to interpretation, as it has a place in all visual arts, design, architecture and music, as well as a way of life in some cases. So, I added "in Photography" and this is still probably the shortest...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Murray Foote
    Posted at 16:25h, 05 July Reply

    A post to savour, Maybe you should have called it “Min”.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:34h, 05 July Reply

      Thanks Murray! Yes, “Min” would have been good. 🙂

  • Janet Webster
    Posted at 01:22h, 06 July Reply

    I got maximum pleasure (and instruction) from your Minimalist post. Beautiful images and so informative. You do keep coming up with remarkable podcasts, Martin. Thanks.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:27h, 06 July Reply

      Thanks Janet! I’m pleased you liked this episode too. Thanks for taking the time to post!

  • Mark Harris
    Posted at 23:22h, 06 July Reply

    I’ve always enjoyed the use of minimalism in you photographs. A viewer’s eye does go to that which is different in an image.

    I use minimalism, and lots of negative space, in my body abstraction work, in low key. I recently showed this image, link below, in a local art event. I was pleased in the often confused reaction 🙂

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:05h, 07 July Reply

      Thanks Mark!

      Great shot! Is it someone’s abdomen? It’s perhaps even harder to tell at the web size. Still, very beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

      • Mark Harris
        Posted at 09:23h, 07 July Reply

        Thank you, Martin, for the encouraging comment. Yes, she was in profile facing camera left. This is back lit with a Westcott Ice Light and their barn doors.

        • Martin Bailey
          Posted at 09:31h, 07 July Reply

          Very cool Mark. Nicely done.

          Do you have any more of this work posted online? If so, please share a link if that’s OK. I’d love to see more.

          • Mark Harris
            Posted at 10:59h, 07 July Reply

            Thank you, again. The best place to start is my web site ( ). There is an About page where I have links to the other locations where I post photographs. The best place is Flickr. My photostream contains many images NSFW but gives you a good idea of the ideas with which I’m experimenting.

            Thank you so much for your interest, I’m honored you’ve asked.

            • Martin Bailey
              Posted at 09:17h, 08 July Reply

              Beautiful work Mark! I particularly like the one of the pregnant lady’s stomach with the strips of light. Very tastefully done. Thanks for sharing!

              • Mark Harris
                Posted at 10:07h, 08 July Reply

                Thank you again, Martin. That was a west facing window, near sunset, and horizontal blinds. Katya was at 33 weeks then.

  • Michael Jolliffe
    Posted at 05:56h, 07 July Reply

    Great episode Martin. There are so many ways to apply a minimalism philosophy to all types of photography. Really helps the viewer to get straight to the focal point and appreciate the form and composure.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:06h, 07 July Reply

      Thanks Michael! I’m pleased you enjoyed this episode. For sure, this isn’t just about landscape work.

  • Shane Herring
    Posted at 18:39h, 07 July Reply

    Another great episode Martin. I always enjoy your explanations and your thoughts on photography. This one spoke to me in particular as I think more about simplifying my compositions. Still a ways to go but posts like this inspire me to continue on my journey.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:11h, 08 July Reply

      That’s great Shane! I’m happy to hear that this one resonated with you. The temptation to include everything of interest is hard to ignore sometimes, but I really feel that condensing images down to their essential elements helps to make them stronger.

      Good luck on your journey, and do feel free to share your results.

  • Kenneth Pringle
    Posted at 13:06h, 11 July Reply

    Thank you for a wonderfully thoughtful podcast and great photography. I appreciate the inspiration you pass along in your comments and pictures. Quick question. Do you have a printing suggestion for color and BW mimimalist photos that supports the emphasis on line and shape?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 16:50h, 11 July Reply

      Hi Kenneth,

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m pleased you enjoyed this episode and what I do here.

      My go to fine art media for most of my work these days is Breathing Color’s Pura Bagasse Smooth. This is a beautiful paper, with a very fine texture that suits most photography. I also use the Bagasse Textured sometimes, as this adds a beautiful texture of its own, but it doesn’t suit all images, and can sometimes get in the way. I discussed both of these new media types here:

      If totally crisp, sharp lines are a part of the image, I also use Breathing Color’s Vibrance Metallic. I created a 24 x 36 inch print of the below photo for a customer on Vibrance Metallic last week, and it looked so good I printed myself a copy too to put over my desk. 🙂

      I’m assuming that your question was regarding self printing, but if you mean a printing service, you might want to check out They have some incredible products and the quality is off the charts IMO.


      • Kenneth Pringle
        Posted at 23:24h, 13 July Reply

        Wow, great reply. Thank you for all the effort you put into this service to photographers.
        All my best, ken

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