A few weeks ago, I posted here about "The Flower Project" and how it had grown out of a few smaller photo projects/challenges that I was using to help me develop and grow my technical and creative skills as a photographer. In the same way as The Flower Project, the Minimal Series was born.
The Minimal Series is focused on capturing the essence, texture, and feel of everyday objects through black and white photography; the series title of "Minimal", refers to the simplicity of how these photographs were captured. Often the captured image is a close up, or macro view, of part of the object; other times, its the whole object. The object is often sat alone out of its element or use in an effort to bring the beauty of the object to the forefront.
I think there is an innate and often overlooked beauty to the design of many of the things be we use today. Sometimes it's the simplicity of a design that makes me wonder what the creator was thinking about before they came up with the final design. Other times as I look at an object, its the texture of the material that stands out and captures my attention - the striations in the metal, the grain of the wood, or the fibers of a rope.
I hope that as you and other others see the photos in my Minimal Series, you'll grow to appreciate and understand the daily objects around us more. Sometimes I feel it's easier to see the beauty of nature, than it is to see the beauty and uniqueness of the object created by human hands. Perhaps it's because we are so accustomed to seeing these everyday objects that we don't look past their use. It makes me wonder what we'll find if we look at things without any preconceptions - to me, that thought opens a world of ideas just waiting to be explored.
As I continue to explore the world around me, and feel inspired to create photos for the Minimal Series, I hope you will continue the adventure with me. I loved to hear what you think about this series, as well as my other photography. And I'd love to connect with you - feel free to connect with me via Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
You can see more of my MINIMAL Project over on my portfolio page:
Mark Hamilton Photography - Portfolio: MINIMAL Project