Simple, minimal, spartan – words that convey the idea of distilling life to its essence. I love Mari Kondo’s philosophy: hold onto that which brings you joy, and remove the rest from your life. Photography is a subtractive art – it is up to the photographer to subtract from the frame those things that distract from the story, even if the story is simply about beauty. As a travel photographer with a day job, my life is anything but simple. These images are some of my favorites that remind me to slow down and enjoy the simple beauty that we so often miss in our daily journeys.