Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist & #NaBloPoMo Day 8


An artfully executed minimalist photograph is anything but mundane. It illustrates a moment in time, or an artistic perspective, with simplicity and grace.

Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer. At first thought, it may seem like it would be easy to shoot an engaging minimalist photograph, when indeed it can often be the opposite. A minimalist photo can also effectively tell a story, in spite of its relative simplicity, and it is anything but “plain”.

This is the criteria set by the Weekly Photo Challenge.

I am also doing the photography101 as most of you will know, so I coupled a few things here.

I bought this vase yesterday at an antique market, it is apparently 1930’s or thereabouts.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.

To me it needs to stand somewhere in my house on its own the problem with this is, I am NOT a minimalist.  You will note the name of my blog, Eclectic, and my house the way I live etc is all bits and pieces.

I was having a conversation with myself earlier, yes it’s true this does happen, silently of course so I don’t get put in a straight jacket.

But I was arguing with the concept of who would generally be tidier or a better cleaner, those with a minimalist house or those with an eclectic one like mine?

You see I veer for the eclectic as I have lots of things and in order to keep it tidy etc requires lots of attention, moving things, dusting things etc, whereas a minimalist place might on the first glance look tidier but in fact retrospectively require a person to be less addept at cleaning/tidying than one with an eclectic house.

I now hear UPROAR from minimalists defending their position.  However, this is just a bit of fun banter, so please do not get to upset.

Now on to the photography bit.

My poor son had to sit on the floor holding this vase up, as I have nowhere with a clear space for it to sit upon.  He gained two sweets for the arm ache he incurred in this very delicate job with me trying to encourage and buoy him up with the effort of it all.

I used the rule of placing it in the 3rd area or whatever you call it to make it more appealing to the eye as you can see in the first photo.  I also played with the colours a bit to make the background clearer but didn’t fiddle with his hands ie try to remove them.

Weekly photo challenge: Minimalist

Weekly photo challenge: Minimalist

This 2nd photograph I thought I would take more of a close up just so you can see the lovely detail of the vase.  I did however through Samantha of FarmerFarthing discover the clone on my photo editor, yup its a little messy but believe me this took quite some time.  So I got to that point where “ok I really need to stop now whilst the going is good or I will totally mess this up”.

So I present to you the floating thumb and Art Deco Vase.

It is slightly tipped, very annoyingly, I have no idea how to alter that but I guess I will have to learn that later 😀

Weekly photo challenge: Minimalist

Weekly photo challenge: Minimalist

Happy Weekending xx Justine

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist






  23 comments for “Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist & #NaBloPoMo Day 8

  1. November 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Just Like A Piece of Art and your presentation reflects an elegant blog!

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  2. November 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    The floating thumb and vase! Lol. You crack me up.

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    • November 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      hah well i think it was a bit of a mistake, me getting carried away with editing tools i had no real idea how to use lol x My son looked at the edited one and said “ew mummy ilooks like i have some kind of awful disease” lol

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  3. November 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    It’s the hand that makes the photo. It’s a beautiful piece of glass, but the hand makes the whole thing work.

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  4. Sheri Elizabeth
    November 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I agree. The hand makes the photo! Nicely done minimalism.

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    • November 8, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      thank you 🙂 Great to have some positive feedback, really chuffed x


  5. November 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Very nicely done… I’m an eclectic type of person too. Nothing really matches… I just buy what I like at the time… Diane

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    • November 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      I think that is a great way to be, just pure pleasure without having to worry about it. x


  6. November 8, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    I love it! The first one is definitely my favourite! 🙂 xx

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    • November 8, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      yay thank you, mine too, the second pretty much a mess but thought i would share anyways xx hehe

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  7. November 8, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Neat! 🙂

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  10. November 10, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Hi Justine, your blog is great, I love your header, but I couldn’t find your gallery with last week photos.

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    • November 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      I don’t have it as a gallery, if you look at each post pretty much each one is of the photo101, each day with a bit of writing for a writing challenge I am doing also, let me know if you still can’t see them please 🙂

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