Simplification is a useful approach in life and photography. Simply put, less is more. It’s easy to be complicated, much more challenging to winnow down the distractions to focus on just one thing.
Snow helps. Compositionally speaking, snow covers over all the non-essential elements even better than using a wide aperture. Soft focus has its uses, but snow is more minimalist, plus falling snow creates a lovely fog-effect in the background.
For this diptych, I found two elements that go well together and are a similar shape and weight: a leaf, and our dog Savvy (short for Savannah). Snow serves to isolate these two forms, and choosing black-and-white emphasizes the simplicity of the composition.
I don’t often use a square crop, but I feel it suits the meditative quality of these photos, as the static frame complements the diagonal direction of the leaf and dog. The way Savvy is looking off into the distance makes me think of my hopes for the new year, and reminds me of a famous quote:
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.Søren Kirkegaard
So I have resolved not to regret what is behind me, but only to look ahead. I am not making any promises, but I have an intention for 2019: to say “yes” more. Saying yes to what is life-giving and life-affirming means saying no to negativity and self-sabotage. And saying yes for me means improving my skills and practicing my passion for photography, and maybe even being more adventurous (I have 2 trips planned already)!