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The Beauty of Less Is More: Minimalist Photography in Color

Minimalist photography is the type of work that sits quietly on your wall and catches your attention from time to time. However, it doesn't necessarily need to be monochrome, as is shown in this video.

Peaceful and easy-on-the-eyes minimalist photography looks simple at first glance but definitely isn't that easy to do in practice. This is true for a lot of photographs that look seemingly uncomplicated until you actually try to attempt it yourself and come to the realization that you either need a lot of practice, patience, preparation, or all four and more combined in one. In this video, photographer Mads Peter Iversen takes the viewer through different water-based landscapes in Denmark, explaining his way of working and showing the final result.

Generally, we are used to predominantly seeing, or at least I have, monochrome minimalist imagery, whereas Iversen chose to keep his photographs in color. This style of photography definitely is not for those who are not willing to set an early morning alarm and be prepared to do plenty of walking, especially in the wintertime. You need to put time and effort into planning the locations you want to photograph, but as shown in this video, consider bodies of water as a good choice for this style of photography. Tranquil lakes or seas will give you a beautiful surface to work with, especially when you start incorporating other elements, such as birds, trees, or water grasses. When the wind has died down and the water is still, there are so many photographic opportunities, especially if you want to incorporate the color of the sky reflecting in the water during different times of the day.

Even if you have no intention of going on a trip to scout locations for landscape photography, you can still enjoy Iversen's cinematic journey and the final images from it to give you inspiration to pull out a camera and go for a walk nearby. 

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Anete Lusina is a photographer based in West Yorkshire, UK. You'll either find her shooting weddings, documentary, or street photography across the U.K. and Europe, or perhaps doing the occasional conceptual shoot.

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