Less is more

In art, sculpture, and artistic research, the concept of “subtractive work” reflects the philosophy of “less is more.” It’s a practice that doesn’t belong to everyone; it requires discipline and a deep commitment to simplicity. This approach, comparable to the dry path of alchemical research and intimately linked to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi and Zen, is an invocation of reduction, a pursuit of purity and essentiality.

In the context of photography, the principle of “less is more” assumes special relevance. It begins with a thorough study of one’s artistic vision, where “subtracting” becomes a practice of precise selection, eliminating elements that don’t resonate with the essence of our visual perception. It’s about tuning sensitivity to central, strong visual elements, a core around which the image is built.

This practice is also reflected in choices of photographic equipment. Often, the simplest and most essential gear allows the photographer to focus on the substance of the image rather than its technical features. Reducing equipment can free the photographer from distractions and enable focus on the moment and emotion they wish to capture.

Even in composition, the principle of “less is more” finds application. Rather than overloading the image with superfluous details, the focus is on purity and essence, concentrating on a few key elements that convey the desired message or emotion. An essential composition can have a greater impact and communicate more effectively with the viewer.

In summary, both in art and photography, “less is more” becomes an expression of rigor and simplicity, a pursuit of visual purity and emotional significance. It’s an invitation to focus on the core of one’s artistic vision, to eliminate the superfluous, and to communicate with clarity and power through the captured images.


Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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