Simple and Complicated

Sometimes when I make a photograph I try to cut out as much as I can while still trying to show the viewer something interesting.  In this photograph, the closed shutter and the ‘For Rent’ sign tell you that some shop has gone out of business.  The simplicity of the For Sale sign tells you something about the character of the present owner.  Maybe he or she is a person of few words.  Maybe the person is smart enough to realise that no matter how much information is on the sign, potential renters are going to ask all the basic questions anyway.  So why bother writing it down?

Zeiss Ikon ZM, (probably) Agfa CT Precisa 100, Planar 2/50 ZM
Zeiss Ikon ZM, (probably) Agfa CT Precisa 100, Planar 2/50 ZM

The next photo was taken with a normal lens like the one above and my goal was not to cut out objects from the frame but to organise a large number of things in a pleasing and story-telling manner.  The field takes centre stage but the houses at top tell you this field is in the middle of a city and the clutter at the bottom tells you that the owner of the field isn’t as neat as maybe they should be.  Despite all the elements that make up this photograph there is nothing unnecessary in the frame.  It would, however, be nicer if the wheelbarrow in the lower right was a bit darker.

Fuji X-Pro 1, Fujinon 2/18
Fuji X-Pro 1, XF 1.4/35 R

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