Tom Leighton’s Contrails Explores the Concept of Drawing with Smoke

All images by Tom Leighton. Used with Creative Commons permission. 

Minimalist photography, at its most basic concept, does involve stripping a scene down to it barest elements. The focus is often on a monochromatic palette, a simple synchronicity of shapes, a sprawl of patterns, punchy contrast, or a singular subject. Or, it could be a combination of any of these elements. However, it’s not as easy as shooting something that looks “simple” or empty enough. In his set titled Contrails, London-based photographer and printmaker Tom Leighton shows us how to achieve a clean and minimalist look yet still have a clear and interesting subject.

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