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“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” – Plato

There Is Beauty In Simplicity … It shows how beautiful and elegant people are when they are not lost in the detail. It means sifting through tons of soil to find one perfect gem. On the other hand, it doesn’t mean a lack of complexity, but merely that, presented in a simple way it allows us to focus on what is necessary.

Farah Mohammed, a very simple girl but very elegant in her style. I was very fascinated by the idea of photographing her when she asked for the favour.

How simplicity can be very photogenic her portraits will tell you. She is an Arab Hijabi girl of Palestinian background and the way she carries her Hijab with style and utmost modesty, I have always appreciated it.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III (f/2.8, 1/15sec, ISO 100, 55mm)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III (f/2.8, 1/100sec, ISO 400, 70mm)

Idea Behind Simplicity

Having lots of elements in a photo doesn’t always guarantee a good and interesting photo. Sometimes even the simplest photo can be better than one prepared long hours in advance. Many beginning—and even advanced—photographers look for complications everywhere. And yet you can take a picture much more simply—without conspicuous elements that look superfluous and complicate your picture.

The beauty of a simplistic photo is that it leaves room for different people to connect with it on many levels. With each addition to an image, whether people, places or things, the photographer—in a way—isolates potential viewers from connecting with their image beyond liking it or not liking it.

Don’t seek complications in your photographs; instead, try to express what you see, and not what others want to see. There’s a reason why they say that simple is beautiful and less is sometimes more. That applies in photography too. So try sticking to these several simple rules, and your photography can be better and freer. Meanwhile don’t forget basic details such as composition, the model’s expression, and above all, light.

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