Minimalism Life + Unsplash

Living more with less the Unsplash way. 

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A few years ago, my husband Mikael and I travelled to Tokyo and fell in love with the city. While we appreciated the architecture, the food, and the culture, what we truly fell in love with was that simple approach to life we found in Tokyo. Tokyo felt clean, simple and uncluttered — a breath of fresh air.  

Tokyo gave me a lot to think about. I started thinking about my surroundings, and wondered if I really needed everything I owned. Did I really need a set of 8 chairs, 2 couches, and cutlery for 16 people? So I slowly started eliminating stuff from my apartment. The more I eliminated, the more free I felt. 

I started to feel less guilty about giving things away. The things I was once attached to, I no longer was. And the things that were important to me were things I was beginning to focus on deliberately. 

To clarify, there isn’t anything wrong with owning stuff. Living a minimalistic life doesn’t mean you need to get rid of everything you own. It’s about finding the things important to you, and getting rid of the excess around you so you can focus on those important things. Minimalism is about allowing you to make decisions more consciously. 

According to The Minimalists

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

Since Tokyo, I have found more happiness by owning less and focusing more on things that matter. I am still early in this process, but working my way towards a constant dedication to minimalism. 

To help raise awareness, we decided to team up with Minimalism Life to create a photo collection around the concept of 'less is more'. We want to see what minimalism means to you. Show us your photos that share minimalism in design, travel and well-being with an effort to live more with less. Here’s some inspiration to get you started. 

Kui Ye Chen | Download free on Unsplash

Kui Ye Chen | Download free on Unsplash

Tobias van Schneider | Download free on Unsplash

Tobias van Schneider | Download free on Unsplash

Hugo Sousa | Download free on Unsplash

Hugo Sousa | Download free on Unsplash

Imani Clovis | Download free on Unsplash

Imani Clovis | Download free on Unsplash

Tu Tu | Download free on Unsplash

Tu Tu | Download free on Unsplash


How to contribute to Minimalism Life’s Curated Collection

Submit a photo to Unsplash and check the ‘Minimalism’ option to indicate you’d like it to be considered for the collection. All photos must be submitted by October 4th, 2017 at midnight EST.

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You may submit as many photos as you wish. All photos must comply with Unsplash’s Photo Submission Guidelines, and are licensed under the Unsplash License which means they can be used for anything for free.

After your photo is submitted to Unsplash, it will be reviewed for approval by the Unsplash Editorial team, based on the guidelines above. The approved photos will show up on the Minimalism collection page, and updated every 48 hours.

The Unsplash Editorial team, with the help of Minimalism Life, will then select 10 featured photos from that collection.

These 10 contributors will be:

  • Featured in the Unsplash Curated email that gets sent to the Unsplash community.
  • Featured on the Unsplash homepage which is seen by more people than the cover of the New York Times.
  • Featured on Unsplash’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

It feels great to hear from our community in Slack (which you can join for free) or on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to recognize the awesome people that make up our community.

— Steph and the Unsplash squad

Annie Spratt