Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

WordPress challenge: minimalist take II


I wandered about today, camera in hand, even though the sky was mostly uninteresting.  The leaves, once colored, are long gone, the crops nearly gone as well.  The landscape was brown.  And gray.  Drab.

But that works for what I was looking for; minimalism in the country.

I honestly think the concept of a minimalistic photograph fits more into an urban setting, at least in my mind, but I wanted to see if I could show you the vast expanses of farm country here in mid-Michigan.  And see if I could convince myself that minimalism can have a country side as well.

I found a few interesting things, but so many seemed busy, cluttered.  I like filling the frame when I’m on a photo hunt, so it was hard to look for negative spaces, to leave part of the frame empty.  I’ll show you some of the shots that didn’t make the minimalist cut, but when I came across this I had to capture it.

harvest time

It’s the end of the harvest here, and the white truck parked and being filled with shucked corn by the harvester in the middle of nowhere just struck me.  The muted colors, the empty field.  It all shouted to be noticed.

So I did.

You can see other photographers’ minimalistic offerings here and here.   Go.  Enjoy.  Spread your arms in all the space.   You can see all of photos by going to the original post.

And give it a try yourself.  No matter where you are you can find something minimal and interesting if you look.

Even way out in the country.


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

7 thoughts on “WordPress challenge: minimalist take II

  1. ONE OF US, is too much of a squirrel to ever be a minimalist. Do love the photo though 🙂 x


  2. I like the line of corn that bisects the picture — neat effect.


  3. A great minimalist shot. I like how the truck and the pole kind of balance each other and provide a break from the lines of the field and trees. I find landscapes difficult to shoot and really enjoy this one. Reminds me of my home (near cotton fields). Thanks so much for the ping as well!


  4. My dad uses these big old red Chevys to transport his harvest, but otherwise, this photo speaks loudly to my nostalgia 🙂
    PS – Love the new header!


  5. I signed up for the same photo challenge, but then wondered what I would capture as we enter the gloomy part of late fall/winter in Michigan. You’ve shown otherwise. I’d better get out there and get caught up.

    Great photos.


  6. Great shot — love how easy it is to see around corners when the crops are in!


  7. I drive by fields like that on my way to work. I’m always amazed by how drastically the view changes, even though theres really nothing there at all.


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