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Minimalism

Kodak MAX 400 | Canon Canonet QL17 GIII

Kodak MAX 400 | Canon Canonet QL17 GIII

Lately, I've been thinking about going on a minimalist binge by purging all of the crap that I have in my life. When I think about going minimal, it isn't about having no possessions in my life; it's more about having fewer and better possessions.

For example, if you own ten pairs of shoes but only find yourself wearing one or two them, perhaps it's time to consider letting go of the other either pairs that you never use. The same could be said for camera gear and photographic equipment. Instead of owning five cameras, try to stick to one camera, one lens, and one film stock for a month to see what happens.

When it comes to your work, share and publish only your best photographs. Another thing to focus on is getting your shots right in camera so that they need very few edits before you post them. Don't spend hours editing your work. You know what they say; sometimes less is more.

My focus right now is to apply the "less is better" philosophy to all aspects of my life by stripping down my possessions to only the items that I use most. Strip yourself down to the essentials, but make sure that it adds happiness and value to your life.

If you're interested in learning more about simplifying your life, I suggest that you read Leo Babauta's blog, Zen Habits.

Minimalism in art isn't just about the end product. It is also about the process.

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