a photo study: simplification and negative space

Someone once shared with me her personal goal of reading one book of child psychology for a week over the course of a year.  She then asked, “Would that result in me becoming an expert?”

Off and on over the years, I have found myself pondering this exchange.  About three weeks ago, while watching a Ted Forbes YouTube video I wondered, “how would my photography change if I was to “focus” on a particular element of photography each week for a year while also including various past lessons into my images throughout that week?

Well…I’m into my third week of this journey,  The first week was exploring focusing techniques; the second, rule of odds; and this week, simplification and negative space.


At this time, it is my intention to review my journey and share a photo video each Saturday.  If you wish to join me, I would enjoy hearing and seeing your photo journey.

Simplification and Negative Space (Ted Forbes, The Art of Photography)


  1. Very impressive, Brenda. I particularly like the second photo — the tree. And I love this minimum photo style!
    Weekly photo journey – what a great idea. I can’t tell you how much I would like to join you, but I am not as discipline as you are… Thinking. Thinking.
    I have a question about the video. I subscribed to Ted’s The Art of Photography, but I don’t see this video. What did I miss?
    Thank you so much! Have a great day.

  2. Well…that is a puzzel. When you click on “YouTube” are you able to find it? I’m wondering if my intention to do this project for a year will fade off into forgetfulness…but intentions allow me to miss a week or two and then return, yes? If you find yourself inspired during anytime, please come and play. Have you found a favorite The Art of Photography video?

    1. I searched and it showed up. The video was made 5 years ago — long before I subscribed it. Maybe that’s the reason?
      Fade off into forgetfulness? I don’t mind to remind you every week since I enjoy seeing it so much 😉
      I hadn’t spend too much time with The Art of Photography. Now I think I should.

  3. I enjoyed this, Brenda. I was intrigued by the minimalist heron photo. I love taking picture of those birds, so this will be a new challenge for me….soon as it warms up.

    1. Debbie, thank you for visiting and your encouragement. I’m interested in “seeing” what changes occur throughout this process.

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