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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

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“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” Socrates

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist - Peace bracelet

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist – Peace bracelet

For me, minimalism is about doing more with less. When we eliminate the clutter and unessential, we open ourselves to new vistas around us. The picture above is what came to me in my sleep. I went to bed last night thinking about how to edit myself. I like vibrant, busy and maybe sometimes, over the top art. For this assignment, I kept thinking, “less is more, less is more.” I went to sleep last night and this vision of a peace bracelet against a cream background appeared. This morning,  I pulled out my peace bracelet, set up a backdrop, and took tons of pictures. I looked through them and settled on this one. I hope you like the serenity of it.

“Less is more.” Mies Van Der Rohe

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist - One way downhill

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist – One way downhill

Before you think this is a work of modern or minimalism art, let me tell you how this picture appeared. I was taking random pictures outside and then I put my camera down to get something and it took a shot. I was annoyed when I saw it and considered deleting it until I looked at it again. I named it in jest … Interesting, right?

More below!

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist -  foggy river and train-tracksl

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist – foggy river and train-tracks

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist - Peace bracelet

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist – Peace bracelet

The picture above is one of my favorite photos. It’s part of a series I took on a very foggy day. It has that dreamy quality about it… The next shot is the original of the first shot. I wanted you to see the un-cropped version. I had a hard time deciding which to show first. Thank you for stopping by. This has been an exercise in aiming for less while doing a bit more. Yeah. Thank you!

What are your thoughts? What photo on minimalism did you find? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist  This week, show us your minimalist photos.An artfully executed minimalist photograph is anything but mundane. It illustrates a moment in time, or an artistic perspective, with simplicity and grace

Positive Motivation Tip: When we start to eliminate the clutter and unessential, we open new vistas around us.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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  1. 09/11/2014 2:48 pm

    The peace bracelet is beautiful, simple and pure. I’m trying to find peace on the simplicity, your post is lovely!

    • 09/11/2014 7:42 pm

      Thank you! Dear Elizabeth, I am drawn to that place too; it serves as a healing and cleansing image.

  2. Nancy (@spiffykerms) permalink
    09/11/2014 2:50 pm

    Wow, that fog picture is great. I love a photo challenge, definitely gets you thinking!

  3. 09/11/2014 2:55 pm

    I try to practice minimalism, my hubby and I live in a small space and we try to keep it decluttered. I can’t think when it is cluttered and messy so I love to clean things out to be super organized!

  4. 09/11/2014 3:03 pm

    Both photos are gorgeous! The first is beautiful and looks like the most relaxing setting! The second I love those bracelets so it’s gorgeous!

  5. 09/11/2014 3:04 pm

    Loving the bracelet so cute, very good challenge .

  6. Courtney permalink
    09/11/2014 3:46 pm

    Loving the bracket!!!!! So pretty ❤

  7. 09/11/2014 3:49 pm

    I love all your shots but the one that evokes more feeling inside me is the foggy river and rain tracks; there is a story in there….superb!

    • 09/11/2014 7:18 pm

      Interesting isn’t it? Honestly, looking at it takes me to a place deep inside my spirit; a sad longing for what has been lost to time. Yes. There are stories there. Some may never be told.

  8. 09/11/2014 4:08 pm

    I believe in less is more. I’ve kind of grew up like that so when really good things happen to me – I do believe I appreciate them more. I also get extremely happy with the small stuff. Doesn’t take much to make me happy!

    • 09/11/2014 7:15 pm

      Dear Yona, you belong to a very special group. We live in a world where he who dies with the most toys wins. We all need to shed our baggage. Bravo to you! 💖

  9. Songbirds & Buttons (@KendallRayburn) permalink
    09/11/2014 4:22 pm

    Love that bracelet! SO cute!

  10. 09/11/2014 4:22 pm

    It’s hard to be a minimalist in a small house with 5 people, a dog and two budgies. But I try. Clean surfaces and things put away. These small things keep me sane.

  11. 09/11/2014 4:43 pm

    Don’t you love how a “mistake” can some times end up being the best thing your camera captures!

    • 09/11/2014 7:08 pm

      Quite true. I will frame it so people can see the white half of the photo. For the life of me. I have no idea what the contasting colors are. 🙂

  12. R U S S permalink
    09/11/2014 4:58 pm

    I’ve been working on living with less for the past months and I’m hoping to make this a lifestyle. I was talking to a friend a while ago and called it freedom from material things. I did hear something on the radio about Mark Zuckerberg wearing the same stuff everyday. He basically bought so much of the same outfit because he wanted to more time on what’s important – felt that picking what clothes to wear in the morning eats a lot of precious time.

    • 09/11/2014 7:05 pm

      Interesting observations by Mark. That’s why some if us love uniforms. You know the drill and there is no confusion.

  13. 09/11/2014 4:59 pm

    I broke my link with you, and re-linked as I’ve not been getting any notifications of your newer posts Elizabeth. Before I took a break from blogging, I’d changed my e-mail, and have messing up my follow/following links big time. I hope I’ve solve this problem now. I miss browsing through your blog. Marcy

    • 09/11/2014 6:44 pm

      Marcy, you are not alone. I get notices of comments but not of posts. They were flying in by the 100s every hour. Now I have to check the reader and follow up. I will. Glad to have you back blogging. I’m slowly getting back in the rhythm of it all.

      • 09/11/2014 7:09 pm

        Thank you Elizabeth. I had to quit for awhile due to time, then got sick, and you know how it goes. Life happens and we all just have to roll with it. I really did miss seeing the sights and sharing life with my fellow humans, worldwide. Hanging around with orples is fun, but sometimes it is fun to hang out with people, too. LOL. See you in blogland. 🙂

      • 09/11/2014 7:26 pm

        Hahaha! 😁 Righto. Even I got tired of talking to myself and the cat. We need the interaction and I missed it too.

  14. 09/11/2014 5:10 pm

    The peace bracelet is so pretty, and perfect for the minimalist theme. I love the first quote. True, but a tough nut to crack for me…. 🙂

  15. 09/11/2014 5:17 pm

    Those are gorgeous pictures. I especially like the one with the fog.

  16. 09/11/2014 5:38 pm

    I love photos of nature and scenery. With a little day dream, it’s perfect!

    • 09/11/2014 6:35 pm

      I hear you. I do too so this was a challenge. I appreciate the thought behind it, but I like a bit more too.

  17. 09/11/2014 5:56 pm

    I like minimalist design for homes. Simple clean lines and no clutter would be amazing.

  18. 09/11/2014 6:07 pm

    Beautiful minimalist photos and sentiment. I especially like the foggy landscape. And the peace bracelet was a creative idea.

  19. 09/11/2014 6:09 pm

    Beautiful minimalist shots and sentiment. I especially love the foggy landscape. And the peace bracelet was a creative idea.

  20. Heather permalink
    09/11/2014 6:54 pm

    I feel like I am constantly trying to declutter my life. I too love simplicity. Great photos.

  21. 09/11/2014 8:04 pm

    I love the idea of Minimalism. I just need to learn ways to try to do it in my life. Maybe just diving in, might be the way to go!

  22. Stephanie Pass permalink
    09/11/2014 9:02 pm

    Photo challenges can be fun. I do love your foggy photo of the river and train tracks.

    • 10/11/2014 5:18 am

      Very interesting… a number of people gravitated to that shot. It must evoke something ancient in us… It’s wistful, almost sad. TY!

  23. TMT (@touristmtravel) permalink
    09/11/2014 9:44 pm

    Such a haunting but beautiful look in the first picture, I absolutely love it!

  24. 09/11/2014 11:43 pm

    I like the photos, and the ‘accidental ‘ shot, well you couldn’t have planned it could you? beautifully minimalist!

  25. Fi Ní Neachtáin permalink
    10/11/2014 3:40 am

    I like the minimalist look in photos, you did a great job. I love the look of the peace bracelet.

  26. 10/11/2014 4:21 am

    Peace. Something I need to remember to own and lose myself in. Thank you 🙂

  27. 10/11/2014 5:15 am

    I love your motivation tips, always hits the spot!

  28. 10/11/2014 5:32 am

    As always you choose the very best of quotes. I always love them. Hope you are well 🙂

  29. Nicole Mamatofiveblessings Homeschooling permalink
    10/11/2014 5:51 am

    Love the bracelet, it looks very vintage.

  30. 10/11/2014 6:10 am

    How awesome, I’m still learning how to edit my photos. You’re doing great.

  31. Delia Rusu (@happyblogplaza) permalink
    10/11/2014 6:18 am

    The peace bracelet looks so lovely! This photo challenge idea seems like such a great project to get you thinking and becoming more minimalist in all you do!

  32. julianarw (@julianarw) permalink
    10/11/2014 9:55 am

    Lovely photos of yours. Thanks for sharing it.

  33. Melissa Smith permalink
    10/11/2014 10:40 am

    Minimalism can certainly be interpreted in a variety of ways. But I would most likely think of jewelry first & pick the photo of the bracelet myself.

  34. brandyellen permalink
    10/11/2014 12:03 pm

    Beautiful. I live very minimally, when others are stressing over getting rid of mental clutter and household clutter, I think, Thank God I don’t live with any clutter and when I see things or feel things that I feel may keep me cluttered up, I release and resolve it.

  35. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    10/11/2014 1:41 pm

    I love the pictures and I do think decluttering is good for our souls. I am slightly a hoarder and have slowly begun decluttering. It does make me feel much better. Thanks for sharing.

  36. 10/11/2014 3:21 pm

    That’s a beautiful bracelet. I love the neutral colors and the style!

  37. bonniegowen permalink
    10/11/2014 4:07 pm

    You take really great photos. Love your post. =)

  38. Mrs. Mashed Up permalink
    10/11/2014 8:23 pm

    I love the minimalist theme. Sometimes having too much just clutter the mind, and you can appreciate what is in front of you. Great pictures.

  39. 11/11/2014 7:17 am

    I love the bracelet! I am a minimalist in some aspects (not with shoes) lol but I am not a fan of clutter. It make concentrating much more easy! Great post.


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