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Photo of the month: minimalism in Winter

Posted: 06 Jan 2014 by Paul Thompson | with 0 comments
Winter is not the easiest season to photograph. For every bright day, with lovely low sunlight picking out the contours of the landscape, there are many dull misty days where it barely seems to get light. Winter in the UK feels like living inside a Tupperware box, as Bill Bryson once said.
Mist and murk have the advantage of reducing contrast, and eliminating distracting detail. Stripping away colour, contrast and detail, to produce a very minimal image is something that’s always appealed to me.

This months photo was taken at Ogden Water reservoir near Halifax, on a very murky day. The birds in the top left corner make the photograph.
Some of my favourite photographers work in this very minimal style. Harry Callahan’s picture of trees in Chicago is very well known.
See Harry Callahan's Tress In Snow


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