Making space for the viewer

pliers and violin

Image: Su Leslie 2019

I think of simplicity in photography (Mies van der Rohe’s famous “less is more”) as more than the limiting of elements or a paring back of visual noise. I think it is also about creating space for the viewer to make their own story from the image.


What do you think? How much do you like (or loath) ambiguity in an image?

Thank you to Debbie at Travel with Intent for reminding me of Ansel Adams’ statement that “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

And thanks also to Amy at The World is a Book for hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | less is more.


DP Photo Challenge: 2017 favourite, take 2

Learning that less can be more. Single autumn leaf in bottom right hand corner of shot; rest of frame black. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Learning that less can be more. Autumn leaf. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Photographically, this image has meaning for me because it represents experimentation; with light (and dark), and with composition. It’s informed of course by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s “Less is More.”

Daily Post Photo Challenge | 2017 favourites