Lens-Artists Challenge #202 – Minimalism/Maximalism
“Less is not necessarily more. Just enough is more.”Milton Glaser
This week Sofia has challenged us to speak to minimalism and/or maximalism. I’ll admit this one required a bit of extra thought on my part. Having recently covered a significant tennis tournament here on Kiawah, I decided to use some examples from the event, which covered the entire range of fashion extremes. For the most part, the male participants went minimalist – choosing simple blue and tan or white in solid colors as shown above.
“The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.”Hilton Kramer
On the other hand, many of the ladies did not disappoint. They chose to show not only their skill, but also their fashion sense. Blues, greens, pinks, purples, you name it, they wore it!
“I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”Yves Saint Laurent
With few exceptions, my images for today’s post include a tennis ball in play. I’d set myself this extra challenge to make both my task and its results more interesting. I don’t often shoot action so it was a great opportunity to practice the skill. That said, I couldn’t resist the maximally adorned ladies in the center of the triptych above.
“When in doubt, wear red.”Bill Blass
Of course there were also male competitors showing some maximalist fashion flair. I’ve included Exhibit A, the agile and athletic gentleman above in his red, white and blue outfit – including matching hat and tennis shoes.
“Why take minimum from life if you can take maximum? Both are on the table!”Vambola Tullus
The ladies in blue above demonstrate that even monocolor minimalism can be effective when worn with both style AND skill. The gentlemen below, while obviously skilled, wore their blues a bit more casually.
“Minimalism is saying all by saying nothing.”Will Advise
My thanks to Sofia for her challenge, which gave me a chance to offer a bit of an unorthodox response. We look forward to seeing your approaches on this one. Please remember to link them to Sofia’s original here, and to use the Lens-Artists tag. My thanks also to Ann-Christine for her Three-of-A Kind challenge and to all of those who so creatively responded. As you can see, I decided to take the challenge a bit further and carried it into my response this week. Our host next week will be Anne Sandler of Slow Shutter Speed so be sure to check in on her always-interesting blog. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.
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