The delicacy of image is often elusive, much dependent on technique, intuition, and persistence. It seems unlikely so much can go into the ultra simple. The detail- and anti-detail, are often good collaborators. But the other factor that involves the three above, is finding a story. Even if it's an eensy one. It makes all the difference, particularly in minimal subjects. These moments or events are what go beyond simple, albeit beautiful design. It might be irony, it might be evidence of something
like trauma or accident, but it's this little extra element that pushes it past middling.