New Minimalist Challenge - Optional theme : high key/low key

February 24th, 2020
Thanks to Catherine Otley @redandwhite for hosting the previous minimalist challenge. Thanks also to all who participated, voted and commented. I am honored to be the next host of this challenge. This new edition will be “minimal-9”.

The minimalist challenge is generic and open to all minimalist entries. The suggested optional theme is “High key/ Low key". This theme is not mandatory but can be used as a source for ideas and inspiration, as high key and low key techniques can be a good way to offset background details. This optional theme also offers an opportunity to submit any minimalist entry you would make to the current Black and White Challenge (Theme : High Key/Low Key) hosted by 4rky @4rky. Alternatively, you can also extend to colour photography your High Key/ Low Key skills acquired or practiced during the last week of the Flash of Red Challenge organized by Ann LeFevre @Olivetreeann.

Dates :
- Start : the challenge start is backdated to Monday February 17th, 2020 in case you want to enter a minimalist shot that you have already made since the closure of the last challenge.
- End : the challenge is open for entries until Wednesday March 25th, 2020 by midnight in your time zone.
- Shots must be taken within this time frame. Voting will take place shortly after. The winner will then host the next round and will also propose another optional theme.

Tag = minimal-9

Current entries can be seen at

Here is the record of the optional themes of the minimalist challenge so far :
1 - Edge
2 - Curves
3 - Repetition
4 - Shadows
5 - Geometry
6 - Inside my house
7 - Light
8 – Paper
9 – High key/Low key (current challenge)

Regarding minimalist photography:

Many definitions & examples of minimalist photography are out there to consider. Here is a guideline : minimalism is indeed the art of less. As a life philosophy, minimalists focus on a few essential elements of life and cast unnecessary things aside. Same pretty much goes for this photography style. Minimalism is a style employed by many 20th Century artists, using a minimum amount of components such as color, shape, line and texture to emphasize the subject matter.

If you’d like some tips or to see some examples, check out:
or the following YouTube videos:

For tips on high and low key techniques, you can refer to the kick off message of the last week of the Flash of Red Challenge :

Keep effects and processing to a minimum also.

I hope you will enjoy this challenge. Looking forward to seeing your entries and hoping some new members will join in too!

February 24th, 2020
ooh by mistake I've done one!!
February 24th, 2020
Thanks for the mention Etienne- I think I will have some entries for you!
February 25th, 2020
Thanks for highlighting the current B&W challenge too :)
February 26th, 2020
I was wondering what I was going to do for March. This looks great; challenging and great! I appreciate your invite to new members. Thanks for hosting.
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