Complexity in photographs is possibly overrated, at least in the world of outdoor images. Are the most stunning images you’ve seen of some place those that are quietly elegant? That don’t overwhelm you with multiple subjects or several elements clamoring for your eye’s attention? We’re tempted to put everything in a photograph – let the viewer sort it out. But the camera has no brain. It just shows what it sees with no regard to context. The brain lies behind the camera. Without choice of subject and placement and lighting and all the elements of an interesting photograph – we might as well snip out a frame at random from the streaming cellphone videos so prevalent online these days.
Single things tell stories, not crowds.