Mohawk Grass | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/23000th

Winter Minimalism – A photo series

Winter, a season made for photographic minimalism. Recently I spent some time trying to capture the quiet solitude of northern Minnesota. These are my favorite photographs from that day.

Winter, by nature, is cold.

This is the most obvious point. Winter is cold. It’s not just the temperature outside, but it’s the feeling I get. It’s a very punishing and unforgiving season. There is so little daylight that many find themselves suffering mentally due to lack of sun. No joke.

I find that during the winter months everything starts off bright and fresh. We have the joy of the holiday season, family time, and celebrations. The problem is that winter is still just beginning at that time, so the holidays pass and the grind begins.

I’ve shared about how that twilight light in winter is so special. A splash of much needed color in an otherwise monotone and monotonous season. Check that out in my article titled : 50 Shades of… Winter. But today isn’t a colorful post. It’s about embracing the feeling of isolation, minimalism, and being alone with our thoughts. And it’s about the Man of Steel.

Winter always reminds me of Superman.

Weird, right? The thing is, whenever Superman was stressed or facing a huge decision where did he go? The Fortress of Solitude. Traditionally it has been located in the Arctic, which is in the cold, isolated landscape. When that winter grind sets in here I find that I’ll get outdoors and just let the cold air strip away the stress. It brings me clarity and perspective.

The biggest problem is that there are no landscapes around here that look like the Fortress of Solitude. Finding an image with landscape subjects feeling isolated is also a challenge. Northern Minnesota is primarily made up of forests, swamps, lakes and underbrush, which is why I love finding images such as these.

They embody isolation to me. That minimalist vibe that allows my mind to open, free to think and create. I chose to avoid the natural blue tone enhancements that normally are used to help an image feel cold. I wanted a very minimal look with a hint of warmth. It’s a reminder of how great if feels to stand tall through the difficult seasons of our lives, even when we feel all alone.

The photo series.

I’m not going to ramble on today, I’m just going to share the photographs and let you enjoy them for what they are. Thanks for visiting and I’d love to hear from you so be sure to reach out on social media or via the Contact Me link.

Faded sign | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/23000th
Old & new | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/20000th
Bale & friends | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/20000th
Sign post | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/20000th
Pine in grass | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/11000th
No hunting | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/11000th
On the edge | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/11000th
Reaching out | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/10500th
Farmyard | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/8000th
Brush | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/1.2 | 1/12000th
Huddle | Angora, MN
Fuji X-T1 | XF56mmF1.2 R | ISO 200 | f/9 | 1/240th

Gear Notes

All photos were created with a Fuji X Series cameras and lenses.

Images all processed in Lightroom Classic with the Rebecca Lily Premium Color Grading Pro Set IV system as my base for all of my custom processing.

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