The Minimalist: Thoughts on Minimalism

Minimalism is simplicity or in other words de-cluttered spaces. It means having the essentials to get you going. I’ve been a minimalist all my life, moving from country to country, minimalism was a way of life since an early age,  having too many things was simply not practical. Besides minimal living can save you money.  Who needs 10 kitchen tools when you can live with just a few.

The thing is getting rid of the stuff you don’t use, makes your life much easier, plus it helps you focus. Empty spaces are crucial for creative thinking. It’s hard to come out with ideas when your workplace is full of stuff. You need a clear space in order to focus.

Minimalism translates into simple living, but meaningful at the same time. You think about your purchases, is this item going to be useful? Sometimes buying just for the sake of buying doesn’t get you anywhere.  When buying something  I think about the use of that thing. If  it doesn’t seem very useful or I’ve second thoughts I don’t buy it.

Plus, the time choosing that product can be more productive. Mayor high street brands nag you day and night to make you buy things that will make you happier, but nothing can be more absurd that buying something because it’s going to make you happy. This is a bit cliché but I find quite right, buy experiences not things.

Thankfully,  many people are becoming more conscious about their spending habits, and minimalism is spreading towards other areas like art, fashion, home design, photography and more. This is great, simplicity is taking over.
In photography, minimalism is present in everyday life. Minimalism is about finding beauty in our surroundings. Spaces otherwise would pass inadvertently become clear. Minimalism is siting down to contemplate those spaces. Minimalism is slowing down, avoiding rush, away from restless pursuing, minimalism is a place of calm.

These pictures below are my definition of minimalism,

 

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