Minimalism is, for sure, an area of photography that excites me and that I want to develop in the future.

This idea of architecture has influenced Western Society, especially in America since the mid 18th century.

The idea of simplicity also appears in many cultures, especially the Japanese traditional culture of Zen Philosophy. Zen concepts of simplicity convey the ideas of freedom and essence of living. Japanese manipulate the Zen culture into aesthetic and design elements for their buildings.

Simplicity is not only aesthetic value, but it also has a moral perception that looks into the nature of truth and reveals the inner qualities and essence of materials and objects. For example, the sand garden in Ryoanji temple (in Japan) demonstrates the concepts of simplicity and the essentiality from the considered setting of a few stones and a huge empty space.

The Japanese aesthetic principle of Ma refers to empty or open space. It removes all the unnecessary internal walls and opens up space. Far from being just a spatial concept, Ma is ever-present in all aspects of Japanese daily life, as it applies to time as well as to daily tasks.

The Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi values the quality of simple and plain objects. It appreciates the absence of unnecessary features, treasures a life in quietness and aims to reveal the innate character of materials. For example, the Japanese flora art, also known as Ikebana, has the central principle of letting the flower express itself. People cut off the branches, leaves, and blossoms from the plants and only retain the essential part of the plant. This conveys the idea of essential quality and innate character in nature.


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