Thirty

Leading Lines

Oh hello leading lines. Today was a minimalist day. Much of my morning was spend de-cluttering my desk after a nudge from minimalist Joshua Becker in a course that Diana and I are participating in called “a simple year.” Our outlook for the rest of the month includes reducing our use of cars to get groceries (we will ride bikes instead) and de-cluttering our living spaces by removing un-used things. The practice of minimalism is very much a large reason that I have been able to spend my entire last year focused almost solely on photography and photo related endeavors. It has completely changed my life.

Everything in my life is simplified. I’ve traded driving my car for riding my bike. I’ve traded reading the news for making photographs. I’ve traded toys for life experiences. I’ve traded things that consume for things that create. I’ve traded possessions for passions.

Minimalism has become an ongoing challenge, a sort of game to play to see how minimal I can become in any given facet of my life. It’s like a design competition for your life. After all, “a designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupery