The Details

It’s all in the details.

Details. Details. Details.

I was wondering just how many pictures of old couches, chairs and furniture would hold a readers interest.

My answer?

Not many.

I wasn’t sure what to do about it until I saw this scene.

It hit me.


A picture like this holds the reader’s interest in many ways. Not the least of them being the human need to understand the photograph. To study it. To spend some time with it. To let your brain grasp the details within the details.

The first couple of pictures that I made for the “Junk Project,” were mostly overall scenes.Β  You look at them once, quickly, and you are done. You see everything that needs to seen in less than a second. They rely on color, shape and hue.

This picture relies on content. Subject matter.

This picture would work in black and white, as well as in color.

This picture is also harder to find. Even harder for it to find you.

If somebody wanted it for their wall, I work hard to convince them to use the horizontal version and turn it into wall paper. Something that is about twelve feet wide and eight feet high. Something that when you came home at night, you could stare at and forget the day. You’d mumble to yourself, “Oh wow. I didn’t see that before.”

Just like I’m doing now. That light bulb. They are expensive. It isn’t broken. What was I thinking?

Oh yeah.




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  1. I tend to focus on details in my photos. Minimalism makes for striking shots. If there’s only one thing in the frame, you can’t miss it – and it can’t miss you: it hits you every time.

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    • This particular picture isn’t simple enough to be minimalist, I don’t think. There is lots going on it it. I also think that you have to be careful with very simple imagery (I produce a lot of it) because, while it’s striking, the eye tends to move on very quickly.


      • You’re right, this picture is rich in details, although you still have to look up close to notice them. A lot of people may not stop to notice or think such small things worth the pic.
        I was referring to my own practice when talking about minimalism. And even then, I use the term loosely as my photos often show many details within the detail(s) that can keep your eyes busy for a while. And in a world full of noise and clutter, I find that I can equally spend a lot of time looking at a very “plain” photo. Sometimes that emptiness, silence and peace is all I need.


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