While painting is an additive art – adding brushstrokes and detail to the canvas – photography, they say, is a subtractive art that succeeds best when it eliminates potential distractions — aka clutter — from the frame.
I don’t know anything about painting, but this description of photography resonates for me. Usually, I find simpler to be better, and so I work at framing or cropping my photo to remove the clutter from the subject.
But sometimes the clutter is the subject. Or so it seems to me.