Simplicity is a Powerful Message

Okay, so it’s been awhile since I’ve posted my first blog. But, hey, I’m going to do my best to get back into the swing of things.

I have a couple of excuses to give that are actually valid ones — that is — (1) Hurricane Ike knocked power out at my home for 2 weeks, 1 day and 1 hour, messed up my office and (2), I really ramped up my portraiture business and it’s taken off quite nicely. It’s a complimentary business to Images by Duskin appropriately named, “Memories by Duskin.” I hope you’ll check it out!

Home is Where You Hang Your Hat

Home is Where You Hang Your Hat

Today, I’d like to share my thoughts on simplicity in photography. The image I’m posting is called “Home is Where You Hang Your Hat.”

I was with my friend Sandra from the Houston Photographic Society at a working cowboy ranch not far from Fayetteville, Texas. It was quite sunny and difficult to take great shots of the cowboys doing their thing in the afternoon hours so I focused on the other intangibles that were more cooperative to lending to a good image — simple things.

The image shows cowboy hats and a lariat hanging in the tackroom. This is a working ranch and they have many hands helping. When done, they all keep their tack and other dirty items in the tack room. While it may not sound exciting and what would conjur up an ideal image of the Wild West, it gives a different perspective to what really goes on.

This photo, to me, says so much more than a photo of a cowboy working directly with cattle. The image portrays a lifestyle, a day-in-the-life, and a legacy of what goes on at this ranch. The mishapen hats that are stained in sweat and dirt says a lot to how these cowboys make a living.

There’s nothing staged here. Everything is exactly as when I stumbled across it. The hats weren’t neatly arranged but rather sitting as they normally would sit. The lariat isn’t all kept up in a perfect wound. It simply is what it is and that can be a powerful tool for communication.

I hope when you are out there shooting, you look at the powerful messages in the more simple things in life. It might be a pair of fireman’s boots with jacket hanging off it. It might be the prescription eyewear on top of papers being graded by a teacher. It might be your grandfather’s billfold set atop the same spot on his dresser as has been for years on end.

Whatever it might be, keep it simple. Simplicity can be one of the most powerful modes of visual communication available giving out much more information than something more contrived.

To see this and more of my photos, please visit Images by Duskin.

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