“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.”
– Diane Arbus

Freshly Mowed Sand, Santa Monica, CA ©2018 Reginald Foster

Minimalism in photography is something I truly appreciate. Images with simple compositions and lots of negative space just seem cleaner, more direct and consequently, more appealing to me. As such, many of the images that I create lean towards this aesthetic.

Towering Thistle, Camarillo, CA ©2018 Reginald Foster

I started The Simplicity Project years ago to satisfy a desire to create portfolios of images with simple and (hopefully) powerful compositions . Over time, I’ve created several iterations of the concept with images ranging from nature, street, and still life to architecture. I have to admit that with some I was successful, others not so much.

Lifeguard Shack at Moonset, Malibu, Ca ©2018 Reginald Foster

The images that I’d like to share with you in this post represent scenes along the Pacific Coast Highway from Ventura to Santa Monica, a route I frequently travel. All of the included images were taken during the morning. And, though traffic always sucks in the AM, I really do love the varying quality of light at dawn along the route. As it changes, objects morph from soft with muted hues to crisp shapes and bold colors. Of course, these images are monochrome, but I’m sure you get the idea.

Adrift in a Sea of Sand, Santa Monica, CA ©2018 Reginald Foster

One last notable point – The majority of the images were shot on (very) expired medium format film. Why expired film?


First – I had plenty of past-its-prime film just aching to be used.

Second – since expired film can deliver some pretty unpredictable results, I was curious as to how it would turn out.

Rings at Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA ©2018 Reginald Foster

Third – I’d hoped to use the imperfections and film grain to create texture in the images.

And Fourth – Why Not?

So check out the images. If I was successful, and Diane Arbus is right, each image will remain beautifully silent.

Malibu, CA, ©2018 Reginald Foster
Still Life at Sunrise, Malibu, CA, ©2018 Reginald Foster
Sunrise on the Coast, Camarillo, CA, ©2018 Reginald Foster
Burnt Tree, ©2018 Reginald Foster
Beach Volleyball #4, Santa Monica, CA, ©2018 Reginald Foster
Wired Lines, Malibu, CA ©2018 Reginald Foster

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Equipment Used

  • Hasselblad 503CW
  • Zeiss Planar 80mm f2.8 CFI
  • Zeiss Distagon40 f4 CF FLE

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