Archive for April, 2013

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Posted in Landscape, Urban with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2013 by Stefano Mazza

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Cavezzo (MO), 30012013

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Cavezzo (MO), 31012013

PAVESCAPES

Posted in Abstract, Architecture, Landscape, Urban with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2013 by Stefano Mazza

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Cavezzo (MO), 30012013

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Cavezzo (MO), 30012013

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San Prospero (MO), 31012013

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Modena, 02022013

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Posted in Landscape, Urban with tags , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2013 by Stefano Mazza

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Modena, 27012013

MINIMALISM: VISION OR SHORTCUT ?

Posted in Abstract, Photographic Culture, Urban with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2013 by Stefano Mazza

I have recently proposed this question in a forum of friends: is minimalism a shortcut?

I am curious to hear some answers to this, mainly because it’s a genre I indulge into quite often. As a consequence, I am being self-critical recently about my minimalist approach.

What I observe is that many urban photographers often fall into minimalism, most of them with good results indeed. The obtained works in most cases result to be very readable and highly enjoyable by the public.
However, the more I get into this genre, the more I find that insisting on details, on perfeclty aligned geometries and artificial compositions can be a treat to my overall vision. My doubt is that a minimalist approach can become an automated and perhaps simplistic formula that one can apply everywhere, ending up in the representation of small details. Those small details could also be a symptom of small and basic ideas from the photographer’s mind.
I wander also if minimalism in my photography could ever become a mere exercise that make me lose the propension for complexity and the atmosphere found in a place or a situation.

Beware: I’m not criticizing those artists who practice and research into minimalism, but I’m asking myself whether minimalism can become a shortcut to achieve a secure and easy effect, making me feel a better photographer at a little expense.

So what do you think?

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Modena, 27012013

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Posted in Architecture, Urban on April 11, 2013 by Stefano Mazza

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Modena, 27012013

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Posted in Landscape, Urban with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2013 by Stefano Mazza

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Modena, 27012013

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Posted in Landscape, Urban with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2013 by Stefano Mazza

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Marina di Ravenna, 01012013