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The art of reduction
Red alert Dreaming Spotted To my opinion a lot of photographs get better with diminished detail, call it abstraction if you like. The art of reduction is very interesting. Try for yourself: look for images that you like where reduction or abstraction is an essential part of the image. And then imagine how they would have looked without it. No distraction, no irrelevant details, no deviation, straight ahead. The only problem is the fact that the art of reduction has a steep learning curve ...........
You can reduce information by cropping to the essential, reduce detail by postprocessing, play with light and dark, unsharpness etcetera.
Mondriaan is my inspiration, he finally became a master of abstraction, it took a lifetime.
Mondriaan

5 comments

Old Owl said:

But that learning curve, though steep, leads to the summit which opens up the view of a delicate beauty which the obsession with sharpness can rarely achieve. The effort is always worthwhile. I agree wholeheartedly with your thesis.
6 months ago

PhLB - Luc Boonen replied to Old Owl:

I'm glad you do agree, your reply is much appreciated
6 months ago

Coldwaterjohn said:

Enjoyed going through your portfolio with these effects - a different slant.
6 months ago

PhLB - Luc Boonen said:

Thanks John, exchanging views makes Ipernity worthwile
6 months ago

Gillian Everett said:

Interesting. My favourite Mondriaan is this one...
commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37642803
4 months ago