The Power of Graphic Simplicity

Over on Tamron’s Angle of View blog, photographer Andre Costantini just published a few great photographs that illustrate one of my favorite photographic concepts: graphic simplicity. Andre had the opportunity to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge from a unique position, and so he utilized his zoom lens across its wide focal range to find the compositions that worked best to showcase the subject—and to do so with the utmost graphic simplicity. It’s no mind-blowing revelation, but sometimes we do forget: less is often more. It’s frequently better to compose with fewer and simpler elements in the frame rather than to try to tell a whole complex story amid a muddled composition. Thanks, Andre, for the simple reminder about simplicity.

Photograph by Andre Costantini

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