Simplicity Blog Circle. August 2013

August 15, 2013  •  4 Comments

Simplicity and I - we have a long and very complicated relationship. I feel like I am in a constant struggle trying to simplify my life, my surroundings, my environment, my relationships. I see myself constantly reorganizing, rethinking, repositioning and then I find myself in the middle of the room cluttered with the remnants of my efforts to simplify. For me it seems to be a never ending pursuit. Maybe thats why I have always been infatuated with math  and geometry - it is simplicity in its purest form; it is nothing but logic. 

I can spend hours looking at Sol LeWitt's wall murals, I am drawn to (into?) them. Two of my favorite photographs ever is this one  by Andre Kertez and this one by Fan Ho. Andre Kertez with his amazing gift to create photographs with so much meaning yet so simple visually  always amazes me.   

There is nothing but light and darkness (and everything in between). The world of the image is bounded by the frame. I can leave everything extra outside. That is a way for me to find and capture simplicity in the world that surrounds me. It is my way of processing reality around me. I strive to show this vision through my pictures and ironically I am at the beginning of a long way to achieving it.

Recently I joined the blog circle called Simplicity. This is my first installment. 

   

What does simplicity mean for you? Does it matter anything in your life or it is no more than just a buzz word?

To see more please continue along the circle to see what Cindy Cavanagh has shot for our new project. You can find her pictures here.


Comments

Yuliya Levit Photography
Thank you Sharleen, Polina and Sara!

Sara, Thank you so much for your kind words! It is so interesting to learn how my pictures are viewed from the 'outside', by someone outside of the situation these were taken in, unaware of the circumstances of the time the pictures were taken. My logic for choosing these were simple composition, simple pleasures ( smile, sunlight, taste, touch). I cannot answer all your questions, nor do I think you were looking for an answer to all of them. But I will answer about berries: those are red currants, which to me is the best berry on earth. it is pretty common in Russia where I am from, but fairly difficult to find here. It is edible and it is delicious. And beautiful :) The last picture : I was pondering about things only visible to us only for a moment, when the setting sun highlights the trace on the window and we get a glimpse at someone else's moment in the past. We can only guess what the exact story was here, but I bet it was fun :)
Sharleen(non-registered)
Thank you for sharing your thought Yuliya. I need to go and check out the photographers that you mentioned. I love the man with he child that is my favorite. Great pics.
Polina Bulman(non-registered)
Yuliya, what a great post! Thanks for sharing two amazing photographers that I didn't know before and spent an hour browsing through their work. I love your images for this post as well. What a great color palette! The one with "lips" on the window glass is my favorite!
Sara Kelly(non-registered)
This is fascinating. I think your take on simplicity is amazing and so different from my own. I love all your photographs, but I wouldn't think of any of them as simple, and so taken in conjunction with your words, I feel like they reveal so much about you and your life. What's interesting to me here is that all of the photos draw me in, are complicated in ways I am not even sure I can define. They are all so different from each other, and together paint a picture of the things that you saw as simple. The one of your son: I want to know what he's smiling at. The one of the berries: I don't recognize them, so I wonder what they are for. Are they edible? The one of the baby: there's SOOOO much going on here, a baby half pleased, half ready to cry, a father or other relative (?) loving the baby, but not patting the baby on the back, which I would have expected when the baby seems so insecure. And where are they anyway? That looks like Boathouse Row, but probably isn't. And the last one, oh the story. And what is the light? Beautiful, all of them. Full and interesting and engaging every one. But simple? Not to me. I cannot wait to see what you have to say next month because this is fascinating to me.
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