Dear friend,

An aesthetic and life philosophy I strive towards; subtracting the superfluous.


What is superfluous?

This is the difficult thing — you want to subtract everything which is superfluous and holds you back. But you want to NOT subtract the essential!

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For example, subtract your superfluous social obligations and “friends”. Instead, only keep your essential friends and loved ones.

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With gadgets and gizmos, only keep the devices you use 90% of the time, and get rid of the devices which are just collecting dust in your life.

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In photography, only keep things in the frame you find essential. Subtract distractions and anything which doesn’t add to your photo. Often I will subtract the background by shooting from a very high angle looking down, or just photograph my subject against a clean wall.

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Subtract the superfluous in order to give more attention and focus to the essential.


Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water

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A general aphorism to remember in life which works quite well:

When in doubt, throw it out!

ERIC

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