A minimalist rendition of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
A minimalist rendition of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Lately, my photography has really been inspired by the cityscapes and architecture of downtown San Diego. There is a building boom going on here in town so it's become a treasure trove for photographers who like to snap images of architecture. As I have evolved as a photographer and artist, I find that I have moved towards minimalism and simplicity; buildings become perfect subject matter for this. I also get a lot of inspiration from Instagram where I follow some truly talented Instagrammers or 'Igers." I have to say that has influenced me very much with this type of artwork.

Typically I will photograph a building and then with post processing via Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, exclude unwanted elements to pare it down to its new minimal form. I will often create a symmetrical view of the building using masking and horizontal or vertical flipping in Photoshop. I might add an image of a moon, airplane or other object I have photographed along the way to add effect.

One of my favorite quotes attributed to Albert Einstein sums up how I feel about my latest approach to these minimalist architectural pieces:

"Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler"

~ Albert Einstein

If you'd like to see how I make these digital images, I created a video for you to follow along on my creative journey. 

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