“𝕮𝖔𝖑𝖔𝖗𝖘 𝖑𝖊𝖙 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖆𝖕𝖕𝖗𝖊𝖈𝖎𝖆𝖙𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖇𝖊𝖆𝖚𝖙𝖞, 𝖜𝖍𝖎𝖑𝖊 𝖒𝖔𝖓𝖔𝖈𝖍𝖗𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝖑𝖊𝖙 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖇𝖊 𝖎𝖓 𝖙𝖔𝖚𝖈𝖍 𝖜𝖎𝖙𝖍 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖘𝖔𝖚𝖑.”
A photographer friend who are close to me, told me that, many years ago. Even until now, it still feels related. That's what make this part from the zen book that I am reading, feels right.
Yet I think, to me it is not about the matters of the medium, or a matter of the colors of black and white. To me, it is more about the simplicity and decency.
The more we're able to strip the layers of unnecessary decorations and eliminate the distractions, the more we are able to see what's the core of it. This goes for life and also for art.
Although, simplicity to me, is not only about single line, minimal design, and lots of white. It is also about tangles of line, maximal delicate design, and lots of black. There is a simplicity too, in a complicated artworks, as long as we could see only the core of it.
To me, simplicity is not only about appreciating the absence, it is also about appreciating the presence and grasping the soul.
About the monochrome and soul searching in artworks.
📖: The Art of Simple Living – Shunmyo Masuno @betweenbooksandcafes