Writes Mike Langford, "Sometimes you need to just think about an idea, then wait for it to clearly form in the mind before it is possible to fully realise it as a photograph. This is exactly what happened recently while I was staying with friends in Oxford, England. Every morning for five days, I woke up to a minimalist and graphic view of a bath at the end of my bed. The scene appealed to my photographic sensibilities, but it took me the whole of those five days to fully understand what it was that made me want to take this.
On day one, it just caught my mind as an idea. The strong graphic shapes and the subtle tonal range made me think that there was a photograph to be made here. Day two, I started to think about how to photograph it, but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. I still had many questions to be answered before I could pick up the camera. Did I need to open the door at the opposite side of the room to provide some fill light on the front of the bath? Were the chair and side table on either side of the bath adding to the scene or were they just distractions? Did I need to include the feet of the bath or even the end of the bed to tell the whole story, or was it enough to be minimal?"
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