Less Is More

Most landscape photographers tend to include a vast amount of the natural environment in their compositions. However, as we gain expertise, we tend to concentrate on the “less is more” principle, Rafael Rojas explains

In 1855, the poet Robert Browning wrote in his poem "Andrea del Sarto":

Who strive - you don't know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,-
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter) - so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia.

That would be the first time the notion of simplicity and clarity leading to fine design would be encapsulated in three single words: "Less is more". Years later, the architect and furniture designer Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, one of the founders of modern architecture and an advocate of simplicity of style, would...

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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