The fog... the world, as we know it, begins to fade away... as well as our certainties.
A widespread stereotype is "to make beautiful landscape pictures you will need a wide-angle!".
Well… the wide angle is just a tool, too often mistakenly associated with the very common trend to include all the scene in the frame, which does not make any sense, because photographing everything is equivalent to photograph nothing.
Rather it's important to improve our ability to make targeted decisions - first inside our mind, then using the camera viewfinder - carefully choosing & isolating well-defined sections in the immense surrounding scenery.
Clearly, this is not only related with minimalism, but, for sure, minimalism arises from this modus operandi made of well-circumscribed choices.
Technically, minimalist photos can be taken with any kind of lens, depending on the case and the final purpose we are aiming for.
At the artistic level, the most important aspect is the harmonic/geometric balance between the few parties involved.
The very idea of minimalism can be metaphorically well described by the aphorism “I’m sorry I wrote you such a long letter, I didn't have time to write a short one” :-)
Which means: getting into the essential may not be so easy at first.
But I am pretty sure that, in due time, only the act of trying may turn out in something stylistically healthy.
Personally, being a musician, I’ve found very useful and inspiring going back to musical compositions well known to me, such as the works of Arvo Pärt, in order to really focus, with all senses, the fragile importance acquired by every single element when the climate becomes increasingly rarefied.
It’s a work of introspection, a search for that "everything" concealed in that "nothing".
It goes without saying that I do not have absolute truths, what exposed is my way of seeing things, based on personal experiences in the field.