I’m always looking for minimalist compositions, which can be a challenge in an exuberantly messy rain forest environment. Where I live there are few open fields, long clean stretches of sandy beach, and featureless horizons. I love foggy days, when busy surroundings are obscured and colours are toned down, but fog doesn’t come around very often. Macro can work, because it’s fairly easy to isolate your subject by blurring the background. But for this image, the ocean provided a blank canvas upon which some ribbons of kelp gracefully arranged themselves.
I’ve always been drawn to simplicity and minimalism in photography. I admire the spare beauty of images by photographers such as Michael Kenna and Michael Levin: deceptively simple compositions executed with a true artist’s eye.