Home Sweet Home

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of Thatched roof a mud house at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur.
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We all want a dream home. Some of us have it by birth and some of us want to build our own. A house is primarily the summary of the efforts/hard-work of a persons career. Whenever he/she decides to build his/her house, they make sure that they give it their best shot. Some are able to build their house as per their dreams but some have to compromise and use a thatched roof instead of expensive concrete. Well, not all dream are full-filled but the love they have for their homes is equal. The warmth with which our homes welcomes us each day is quite remarkable. We can travel to any destination in the world or have a stay at the best of the hotels but nothing beats our home...Home Sweet Home.

Composition


The photo falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements Category. I used the lines to my advantage. I have put their intersection point on top right to bring in the rule of thirds. Blue Sky is always a highlight in any frame and if you can make it contrast with the subject, then nothing like it.

Not a Tsunami

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of Long shadow of a water outlet on a wavy textured Indian wall.
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We are so afraid of failure that we tend to be over-cautious in life. Even small hurdles start looking very big to us and with each such hurdle we tend to lose some self-confidence. The wall below has been shot from such an angle from where it appears to be forming a strong sea wave. The message here is that we need to take setbacks in our stride and not interpret them as the big destructive Tsunami waves and just move on. Life is a struggle isn't it, and would it be fun if it was easy?

Back to the composition


The photo is Minimalism as Less Elements. The primary subject being the metal pipe and its shadow. Shot is taken from the right hand-side, rather than straight from the front to make the composition interesting and add the wavy depth. The highlights have been enhanced further during editing. Yes, it is bright and a hint over exposed, I did try a darker version but later reverted to this.

Shadows Speak

Minimalism as Less Elements 


A minimalist photo of Long Shadow of a light mounted on the wall.
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Is there Art in shadows or are shadows Art? Well, both are true. Each shadows has a story. It speaks an unspoken narrative to the viewer. What the narrative or the story is?,  depends on what he/she has been through, in their life. I have given you a lot of interpretations on long shadows before, for example I have related it to Intrinsic Value. But, this time around I want to know your interpretations, your story? Please mention that in the comments.

To compose, I shot this from a distance as the wall belonged to a complex, that was covered by a large fence. The window could have been avoided but it has been included on purpose, as it makes the viewer guess the rest of the structure. ("parts-of-the-whole" Minimalism). I did title this as Minimalism as Less Elements as this is not the best example of Parts of the Whole Minimalism and has just two elements i.e The cropped window and the lamp.

Shooting Long shadows in black and white, is probably one of the best examples of Minimalist Photography. Such photos tend to be more appealing to the viewers. 

V-Shaped Recovery

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of A downward trending red line leading to an upward curve of a street light.
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When everyone gives up on you, don't lose heart. It is that very point from where you hit bottom, a V-Shaped Recovery happens. The same happens in the economy and the stock markets. I am sure many of us have seen those examples unfold in front of us many-a-times before. 

So next time you feel that all is over, feel a little upbeat and hopeful. You might just be hovering near bottom. Life has the tendency to average out either extremes and everything eventually reverts to mean. I used the downward trending red line of a textured wall (texture representing struggle) to make it visibly connect to the starting point of an upward curving street light thus creating the alphabet "V". The upward curve lies in clear blue skies, signifying good times. To compose, I used random twisting and turning of the camera in my hand to the point where I could visually connect the line and the curve.

This shot was taken at a Petrol Pump on Ajmer Road, Jaipur. Another Look-up Minimalist Photo that I took on that pump was this Sky is the Limit

The X Factor

Minimalism as in Small Objects


A minimalist photo of A small little bird sitting on a wire next to an X shaped street light.
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My subject here, is the small little black bird sitting on a wire next to the "X" shaped street light. And hence, this falls under the Minimalism as in Small Objects, as the type of Minimalism in Minimalist Photography.

This photo asks for a lot of editing in Photoshop and knowledge of the 0-255 range. Where 0 is pure black and 255 is pure white. Around 128 should be middle grey. You should hover over the black, white and grey areas of your photo to find out exactly how your photo will turn out when you send it for print. What looks black in the monitor screen may not necessarily be black. The message I wanted to communicate with this photo is that one might be just as alone as the little bird sitting on the wire while he/she is working hard to be different from others, but with persistence and hard-work, one day your uniqueness will give you that "X factor", which makes you successful in life. Remember the keyword is "Persistence". For example, I do not have an immediate audience for my Minimal work in my city or country, but I continued with my Minimalism for a couple of years. Now, people have started recognizing my work locally as well. I know its a long way to go but I am all prepared for it.

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Sky is the Limit

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of Red and blue lines at a petrol pump in Jaipur
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This shot I took at a petrol pump. I had to ask permission from the owner for it. I shoot at random locations and that is how you should shoot as well to find interesting shots. What made me stop at the filling station was the excitingly colored roof. I applied the usual rule of thirds and placed the red line at the bottom and the blue bar on top right, leaving ample space for the sky. That is just about the ingredients you need for a Minimalism as Less Elements Minimalist Image.

The message here is that once you cross the initial hurdles in life (where most people give up) or the Red Line, then no one can stop you from being successful. Sky is the limit for you.

Another Shot from the same location: V-Shaped Recovery

Tell you later Syndrome

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of Building under construction covered by a green cloth.
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While I was on my way back, from last Sunday's photo-walk, I spotted this under construction building to my right. I immediately stopped my scooter by the roadside and pulled out my camera from the bag and hung it around my neck. I was still wearing a helmet as I knew that I had to only take one quick shot and move away, as a lot of traffic was coming from behind. It wasn't easy to shoot as I had to keep one eye on the subject and the other on the rear view mirror. The green cloth that covers the building is used here as the primarily element.  Therefore, the photo falls under the Minimalism Category: Minimalism as Less Elements.

I have given it about 3/4th of the total space available in the frame to the green cloth. This is a special photo as it hints at something that has always puzzled me. And that is the "Tell you later Syndrome." As you can see above, one can only find out about the final look of the building, after the construction work is 100% complete, as till that time the building shall remain covered with cloth. The same happens when I ask some of my friends as to which job interview they went to? or what is the new project that they are working on? etc and generally their answer is "I will Tell you later". They try and hide their plans the same way, maybe due to lack to self-confidence or maybe due to superstition. Many of my friends have this habit and I am sure some of your friends or even you may have it. But the question is Why Hide? What is the point of hiding? Aren't friends meant to be the ones with whom we share without hesitation? Why do people think that if they reveal what they are planning to do before they pass the initial hurdles, that plan will fail?. They fail to realize that whether we talk about it openly or not, the outcome just wont change. There is no cause and effect relationship here.

It Happens only in India

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of A plastic bag containing water, hung on the railing of a staircase.
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It was a very hot sunny day. I almost got dehydrated due to lack of water. I stopped by at a local kiosk inside the main entrance gate of Amer Fort, Jaipur and purchased a nice cold bottle of mineral water to rejuvenate myself. While I was heading back from the fort, I came across this staircase. I got particularly impressed by the "Jugaad" or the alternative stop-gap arrangement made for water, by a villager to carry and keep it away from heat. He probably filled the plastic bag with water on his way up to the fort, from a local roadside water tap. Since the heat was fierce, he cleverly hung the bag on the side rail of the staircase. The staircase was under shade, and that helped the villager bring down the temperature of the water by a few degrees. Hats-off to him and his idea. Well, It happens only in India, we have an alternative solution for almost everything.

A word on the Composition. 


The photo falls under the Minimalism Category: Minimalism as Less Elements, with only tow elements in the image, i.e the staircase and the plastic bag.

I focused on the plastic bag and used the geometry available to add interest to the composition. Shooting vertical was intentional, so as to show the ascending staircase disappear on its way up and and to leave a little room for imagination.

Middle Class

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of Shadow of three clothes drying on a Clothesline
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He was the only earning member of the family and sadly he could not make it through to the big league. "Fortune favors the dishonest and not the hardworking" was the summary of his life experiences. He was born in Middle Class and he stayed that way for the rest of his life. The clothesline here narrates the story of thousands of middle class households, whose misfortunes are probably a result of rampant corruption.

The Composition


The Photo falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements Category. I treated all shadows combined as a single element. The photo therefore a a bit maximally minimal in nature as the shadows are spread across the frame. Rule of thirds is not necessarily required here but you can still apply it by leaving some empty space under the subject.

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A Line is a Dot

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A minimalist photo of an orange colored Ascending Staircase
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There is a famous quote by Paul Klee, a Swiss painter that reads, "A line is a dot that went for a walk." Whenever I shoot lines, this quote comes to my mind. Lines are nothing but a combination of many small dots. Likewise, an ocean is nothing but millions of drops of water. A step by step approach to our daily life problems is key to sail through them. No one ever achieved success overnight, neither was Rome built in a day. No matter how tough the times are, all that we need is a start, be it a very small or minuscule one. Big is nothing but many smalls put together.

Composition


The photo falls under the Minimalism Category: Minimalism as Simple Geometry. Simple geometry being the lines. I stopped by this auspicious staircase that I found in the old walled city. Auspicious, for its orange color. I then moved to my right and used the side rail to show contrast i.e. the line formed by the side rail going up and the ones formed by the steps heading right. 

Balance of Nature

Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors


A minimalist photo of A colorful metal shutter with lines
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Black is the color of death and negative news. Yellow is the color of the sun and represents vitality and strengthens the nerves and the mind. This photo perfectly depicts the balances built within nature. One extreme is offset by the other. Days are followed by nights and bad times by the good. Everything is brought to a point of balance. The artist who painted this sub-consciously knew about this fine balance. I just loved the beauty of it.

When shooting Minimalism as few Distinctive Colors make sure you capture the intersection point or the point where most colors meet. Later, apply a few rules of photography. Lines act as a bonus here. I got lucky on this one and I wish the same for you.

Namaste Auntie

Minimalism as Less Elements 


A minimalist photo of a Rusted handle of a terrace entrance door
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It is generally observed that people who are blessed with good looks lack maturity and those who are mature tend to lack good looks, of course there are exceptions. When you are young and smart in your early stage of life, you tend to make a lot of mistakes. And when maturity starts hitting you, you tend to lose your cosmetically perfect looks. It sounds more like a zero-sum game. As we can see above, the handle of the terrace entrance door has the courage and maturity to face the harsh sunlight only after losing his good looks to rust. He now comes across as a strong character. 

I found this shot on a visit to a friends place. I was climbing up the stairs to get access to the terrace and on my way up I met my friends mother, who was combing her daughter's hair. I greeted her with the regular "Namaste Auntie" greeting and then she moved to one side to make way for me. While I was about to reach the terrace I spotted this beautiful rusted door handle. I instantly told my friends mom "Thank you auntie for not getting this painted, you just made my day." and she started laughing. She probably thought I would have asked her as to why she did not get this painted. Well, I smiled back at her and calmly took the shot. I placed the handle on the left but kept room for the shadow. In such shots don't get confused by the shadow. Place the subject's shadow on the rule of thirds alignment rather than the actual subject to get the Minimalist Composition right.

Optimism Pays

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of A plant prospering in the crack of a wall
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I am personally a neutral person, neither an optimist nor a pessimist. But the above photo explains so beautifully that optimism backed by hard work and a never say die attitude eventually pays rich dividends. The plant above has managed to prosper within the crack of the wall and without proper soil to grow. And we keep complaining either of lack of resources or the lack of opportunity rather than focusing on our efforts. One day God, Luck or Randomness (depending on whatever you believe in) will come to you, but it should find you working in order for it to reward you. The mantra being "Work hard, but wait for your turn.". Patience is key.

Composition 


The photo falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements category. To shoot such shots in peak afternoon make sure you use exposure bracketing and do not forget to carry a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated. I bent down on my knees to bring the plant to a little close to the eye level and added a horizontal line on top right to balance the composition.

Subconscious Expression

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole


A minimalist photo of The side portion of a hut shaped house
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This shot I took while I was on a phone call with my friend Vivek. He had just returned home after watching the movie Interstellar and he got fascinated by it. I do not watch movies as such, probably 1 a year or maybe not even that, but his talks made sense and I believe, so did the movie. I do watch shows on discovery science like "Through the wormhole" by Morgan Freeman. I have a keen interest in outer space and the mysteries of the universe. I am a lazy photographer and I took this shot one handed with the camera raised above my head. That talk of the wormholes and life after death, well maybe this shot captured some essence of that. For me each Minimalist Photo has a hidden message in it. I am almost certain that this shot came straight out of my sub-conscious mind as my conscious mind was busy talking to my friend on the phone.

Composition


The photo falls under the Parts of the Whole Minimalism category. This is the side portion of a green hut-shaped house. On the bottom right, the dark wall belongs to a house just near it. So I have taken two parts, of two houses plus a part of the blue sky in the background to compose this image.

This explains why this Minimalist Photo is Minimalism as Parts of the Whole. The parts of the houses have been interpreted as lines going in various directions. The unique color palette enhances the overall composition.

Good Fortune

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole


 A minimalist photo of The contrast between two partial geometric shapes being used to depict a change in fortune.
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I have kept the focus point on the bottom right corner of the textured wall and cut it into a partial White Rectangle. I kept moving to my right to also get that contrasting Black Square in the background. The contrast between the two geometric shapes is shown to depict contrasting lives of two different people,. The Black Square depicts a struggler whereas, the White Rectangle depicts the life of someone with "Good Fortune"

The photo falls under Parts of the Whole category of Minimalism, as it contains a clipped (or part) version of two walls.

Almost 100

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of Long shadow of a water outlet on a textured wall in black and white.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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The other day I was talking to my friend Vera Nikumaa from Sweden, whose father had died very recently at the age of 93. She told me that she was very proud that her dad lived for so long. When he was about 70 years old he told her that he wanted to live forever. Vera is an optimist and she keeps giving me motivating lectures whenever I am down and out. I showed her this photo, which I usually do to ask her if she likes the editing or not and her response was that this photo is somehow the one which she would like to use in her fathers death announcement. But she could not explain why it was the right photo. I stopped for a while and tried to interpret her sub-conscious mind. The extremely long shadow of the water outlet almost touching the base of the frame could have been interpreted by her mind as the wonderful 93 years or Almost 100 years that her father had lived. When I told her about my interpretation she was in agreement instantly and later expressed a desire to buy the photograph.

I sell my photos through my Fineartamerica Profile. Whenever I upload my photos there or to Blogger, Titling the photo is not that easy but I was sure of this one, and it had to be "Almost 100".

Composition


The photo falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements category. The Less Elements being

a) The Water outlet (and its shadow)
b) The textured wall.

I chose to shoot from the side. That way I was able to capture and show the entire long shadow of the water outlet and even make it appear a hint longer. I cropped the photo from both ends, to make the photo appear even more Minimalistic.

Surreal Lines

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of Lines formed by Shadows at Albert Hall Museum Jaipur
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I call these Surreal Lines as in reality, they do not exist. They are formed by the game of light and shadows, that nature plays and I love capturing it. I was at the "Albert Hall Museum Jaipur" and when I spotted these lines playing Hide and Seek, I zoomed in all the way to capture this intriguing Minimalist Photo. As a thumb-rule make all vertical lines in a composition appear 90 degrees or as close as possible to 90 degrees. Also note that any horizontal lines may or maybe not be 180 degrees.
These rules you would not find anywhere but here. They just make Minimalist Photos appear attractive. I chose to classify this image under Minimalism as Less Elements because there is only one element here which acts as the primary and lone subject i.e the Various Lines.

Power Shortage

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of An Electricity meter against a yellow wall with elongated shadow.
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I was on my way to Vailshali Nagar on my scooter. I approached a red light and I was waiting for it to turn green. I quickly glanced in my rear view mirror to check for the traffic behind, but when I turned my head a little more to my right I saw this beautiful large yellow wall and some shadows falling on it. I decided to take a U-Turn to stop by the wall. My subject here is an electricity meter that keeps track of the number of units consumed. I loved its elongated shadow which is almost three times the actual size. I dedicate this image to my country India. We have a huge Power Shortage in our country and maybe we need three times the current power output as the image suggests with the elongated shadows. Our newly elected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has promised to our nation that very soon the power crisis will be solved and we will get 24x7 electricity throughout the nation.

About the Minimalist Composition


To Compose, I placed the subject on extreme top left knowing, that if someday I decided to print it, it will be troublesome as I have not left any margin on the top left corner. Well, the only way out to manage the print could be frame-less framing. OK, Lets get back to the point. When you have elongated shadows to deal with, the best way out is to treat them as negative space and not as a supporting subject, and let them fall wherever within the frame. Of course make slight adjustments. But, remember your subject is the Power Meter and not the Long Shadows.

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Blue Sky

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of the Corner of a white wall against the blue sky
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Shooting corners is always interesting. As you can see above, we have Simplicity at its very best. It is such a simple photo that one would think that its extremely easy to click. That's wrong, the simpler a photo looks the harder it is to click. You need eagle eyes to spot such frames and once you spot it then all is easy but spotting such frames comes with a lot of practice. To Train yourself, you need to leave your camera at home and then go out and try to compose as many frames as you can with your eyes. I do this quite often and it definitely helps. Here, I have used the blue sky for negative space and that subtle light and shadow play makes the corner stand out. Negative Space Minimalist Photos are perfect example of the Minimalist Photography Type: Minimalism as Less Elements.

Hide and Seek

Minimalism as Low Detail


A Minimalist Photo of the Tree leaves partially visible through a yellow cloth appearing to be playing Hide and Seek Game.
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I was hunting for some architectural Minimalist shots at Swej Farm Jaipur, which is host to lots of new multi-story ultra modern apartments. I took a few shots and and the light was fading away fast as it was breezy and cloudy. In a few minutes there was a big dust-storm. I ran across the street to find myself a place away from all the dust. While I was waiting for the storm to pass by, I spotted this yellow cloth roof that belonged to a local Tea Kiosk to my left. Yellow is a striking color and I never miss spotting it. It was very windy and therefore the tree leaves were pushing back and forth against it. I switched my camera settings from one shot to the continuous mode and pressed the shutter button. One out of the three shots that I took, was precisely what I wanted.

Since the leaves were continuously moving back and forth, and therefore appearing and disappearing as very short intervals, I titled this post Hide and Seek.


This game was a perfect setting for one of my favorite Type of Minimalism i.e Low Detail, where some part of the subject is visible and the rest you have to guess or imagine. I have another shot of a similar subject in my previous post titled Tea Stall

 
Hope that you enjoyed the shot and the behind the scenes action. If you do have similar shots, please post a link to them in the comments. Thank you.

To Hire or Not to Hire

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of the Shadow of a sign board at Jantar Mantar Jaipur
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Sometimes, when we visit a local tourist spot in the city we think that we know more about that place than even the tourist guide. We overhear him while he is briefing his clients about the place and we try to confirm our knowledge with that. But very soon we realize, that he knows more that us, as this is his profession. This is the shadow of a "Hire a tourist guide" Sign Board, at Jantar Mantar Jaipur.

I have clicked a square being formed by it. But the question remains, to Hire or not to hire a tourist guide? cant we just let go of our ego and learn more about our own city?.

More on the Minimalistic Composition


I placed the "Shadow Square" on the left, leaving a lot negative space in the frame. Minimalism using negative space is the Bread & Butter shot of Minimalism as Less Elements category. Placing the ground on the bottom was a little tricky and I made sure that I only included it to show the contrast in colors. The strong texture of the yellow wall adds an artistic feel to the image.

Loose Ends

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of Loose end of a green rope hanging in the sun against a brown wall
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Most of us know about our weaknesses i.e Loose ends but do we really work on improving upon them. No, we don't and later blame the wrongs that happen to us either on other people or the circumstances. The rope above precisely depicts this scenario and because of our laziness the circumstances get even worse (harsh sunlight). To shoot, you have to  find a neighbor who doesn't really care about her clothesline being broken. Go out in the Sun and forget about getting your skin color darker by a shade or two. Light and shadow makes Minimalist Art stand out. Just place the subject as I did on top right, leave some place for the shadow and its done. 

Other Minimalist Photos using Clothesline as a Subject:

 

Rectangle or a Square?

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole


A black and white Minimalist Photo containing simple geometric shapes like Cylinder, rectangle and or a square.
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Black and white Minimalism is the most appealing Minimalism Style in Minimal Art Photography 


These images look even Simpler than regular Minimalism, but are way tougher to produce. One needs to be very good in black and white photo editing. The permutations and combinations of blacks, whites, and grays run into thousands with very subtle variations and you would never know where to stop.

Hint: Follow your sub-conscious mind for the best combination.

As you can see, I have clipped a part of a rectangular shape and showed its juxtaposition with another geometric shape i.e the cylinder.

Wait, did I just mention a rectangle? It can be a square too, isn't it? yes that's right, That's how the viewer would think if I dint tell them about the geometrical shape I clicked. This is the fun part of Parts of the whole Minimalism in Minimalist Photography. The mystery always remains. It is not very hard to compose this shot. Just switch on the LCD screen view of your DSLR and apply the 3x3 grid on the preview. Sample frame the shot and stop where you think it just looks fine. Shooting vertical to adds a bit of freshness as we generally tend to see landscape shots.

Rusty Entrance Gate

Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes


A Minimalist Photo of A Rusty Entrance gate at an Exhibition at Diggi Marpura Fair
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I went to the Diggi Malpura Fair with few of my friends. This, was the entrance gate for the Dainik Bhaskar exhibition held right next to the religious temple. We went in all excited and were expecting some great food and beverages, but we forgot to take a clue from the entrance gate. The Entrace Gate was full of rust. Rust also means unkempt, deserted and that too was the case with the exhibition. Only a handful of people inside, nothing to eat, very messy and not even water to drink. The learning that we got that day was that Entrance Gates also tell a lot about people around and how well taken care of the place could be.

A word on the Composition of the Rusty Entrance Gate

 
To take this shot I moved a little to the left of the rusty gate. Some empty space has been left both on the top and on the right of the frame. That is the only way I could ad negative space here since I needed a close shot of the gate to show rust and yet keep the frame Minimalistic. Therefore I ended up in a way using, double rule of thirds but in reverse. In reverse, as instead of the Negative Space taking up 2/3rd of the space in the frame, the subject took it.

This shot had everything I could ask for, the primitive spade design, repetition, harsh sunlight, yellow wall and to top it all RUST. Hope you enjoyed the shot. Stay tuned. More Minimalistic Photos to follow.

Hypnotic Tree

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole


A Minimalist Photo of A Hypnotic Green Tree at Akshardham temple, Jaipur
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Me and my friend decided to meet for a street photography walk on a Sunday evening at about 6.30 pm. It was 3 pm afternoon when I had called him up and fixed the walk and I had the urge to go out in the sun and shoot minimal. I mostly go alone for Minimal photo-walks are there aren't any Minimalists in my city and I have not heard of even one or two of them from my Country. OK, so I went to this temple in Vaishali Nagar, the Akshardham temple and I was telling myself, I have surely lost my mind to be even thinking of shooting Minimal here.

I roamed around for about 45 minutes but could not find anything. I knew my Sunday was wasted and I started to plan my next Sundays walk. While I was heading back from the temple I saw a man talking on his cellphone sitting right under this tree on the right. I decided that before leaving I should take at least one good shot, be it a street shot. I kept that person on the extreme right and was composing a horizontal shot (not a vertical one), the tree you see was to be kept out of focus and I had planned to place it on top left. But, something stopped me from clicking that shot. I felt as if the Tree was calling me, trying to communicate with me, as If there was a message, I was instantly hypnotized. I kept admiring the tree for about 5 minutes. I was spell-bound and and I felt something entered my sub-conscious mind. Maybe the message was communicated already and maybe I have been assigned the task to spread that message through this photo. Once It was clear why it was important for me to click this, the next challenge was to compose. A minimalist shot with a Tree as a subject is actually quite tough, "Parts of the Whole Minimalism" was the answer. I decided to shoot vertical to avoid the man and placed only a part of the Tree on top left so that the mystery about the tree and the message remains.

Other Minimalist Photos taken at Akshardham Temple, Jaipur


- The Triple Split


- Blessed by the Curve

Even Circles are Non-perfect

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Minimalist Photo of A non-perfect rust colored stone circle at my neighbors house
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When Even circles are non-perfect, how can one expect life to be flawless?


Circles are generally impeccable when it comes to their design. But here is one, which I found on my neighbors roof that does away with this perception. Of course, I am only talking of the symbolic message here (circles can be perfect of course, if you do not look at the ones that I post.)

All that I want to say is, that it is a futile exercise trying to make or even dream of a Perfect Life. Life is messy and you cannot change that. "No you can't". All that you can do to live peacefully and accept what comes your way without asking any questions.

The Composition


To compose. I placed the circle on the left and used the edge of the building on the right to create a vertical rectangle. This helped me to show juxtaposition between two simple geometric forms.

a) The Circle
b) The Rectangle

and because of the Simple Geometric shapes and the use of Less Elements, this photo falls under the Minimalism as Simple Geometry category.

Curves are Beautiful

Minimalism as Less Elements


 A Minimalist Photo of a Curvy geometric Window at a Design Institute in Jaipur, reinstating that curves are beautiful.
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This photo give us another reason to have a good zoom lens in our camera kit. Such photos cannot be clicked with most short range prime lenses or wide angle lenses or with even the basic kit lens 18-55 mm that comes with the camera. The major drawback with zoom lenses is the drop in quality as you zoom. Therefore, you need to be very good at editing. I use about 3-4 editing softwares to edit my photos and it took me a good year to learn them. Alternatively, you can also buy those ultra expensive high quality zoom lenses like the 70-200 mm, if they fit your budget.

Ok, Lets get beck to the photo. I spotted this window to right, near the roof of a design institute located in Vaishali Nagar - Jaipur. The sharp edgy curves and the near perfect finish really impressed me.

Curves are always beautiful to look at and I am sure we all agree on that.


More on the Minimalist Composition 


I zoomed in on my Canon 55-250 mm lens, all the way close to the 250 mm range. This helped me to do away with the unwanted elements and shift and focus attention to just the geometric curvy window. Therefore, the photo has been categorized under the Minimalism Category: Minimalism as Less Elements. It was very tempting to place the window in the center, but I placed it slightly to the left, we all know that most centered photos loose a lot of their appeal and feel.


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This is an area not many locals or even tourists know. It is right behind the famous Amber Fort in Jaipur. I was there with a friend of mine on a Sunday afternoon for a causal photo-walk, instead we met for a discussion over a cup of tea, the walk was just an excuse. These steps lead to a famous Step Well called as the Panna Meena Ka Kund.

I call them divine as they lead to a source of water and water sustains life. 


Few Minimalist Words on the Composition


The photo falls under Minimalism as Simple Geometry category of Minimalist Photography. I used the lines of the steps coming in diagonally from the left. This created a sense of depth in the photo. The sunlight on the upper half of the frame resulted in a gradient sort of effect.

Back to School

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Minimalist Photo of a Green Square versus the long light green rectangle and white negative space.
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Today,   I was sitting with my nephew and he asked me to show him some of my photos. He knows how much I am into photography. I took out my cellphone and showed him some of my works that I had posted on Instagram. My Instagram Id is @prakashghai. I showed him a photo which had both a square and a triangle in it. He was very excited and there was an instantaneous smile on his face. The reason for the big smile was that, he was studying those shapes at school.

I never knew that Minimalist photography would bring me "Back to School", back to the basic geometric shapes that I learned in childhood.


Coming back to the composition


I cut the rectangular shape on the right into a square, by moving to my left and by placing it in the top right corner.  I made sure that I included another geometric shape i.e the long rectangle below, as a supporting element, to make this photo fall comfortably under the Minimalism Category: Minimalism as Simple Geometry.

Twins from the Left

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimalist Photo of the Shadow of a metal hook on a cargo truck.
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This curved metal hook belongs to a cargo truck. Sometimes randomness hands over a subject to you out of nowhere. I was wondering what to click on the streets of Vaishali Nagar where I thought I would be able to find some interesting Minimal Shots, but the lane that I took was probably the wrong one.

On my left I only had one large red colored wall about 100 meters long with nothing on it. I soon got tired and waited at a local Pan Shop. It was very hot and I was lucky to find a cold drink there. While I was refreshing myself with that cold sweet carbonated water, suddenly a cargo truck came and stopped right in front of me (randomness at play) to deliver goods to a nearby shop. I immediately spotted this beautiful curvy hook with the shadow.

I call it the Twins from the Left as the shadow is roughly the same size as the hook representing Twins


More on the Minimalistic Composition


The photo falls under the Minimalist Photography Category: Minimalism as Less Elements. I placed them on top left to apply the rule of thirds. Some of you may argue that the shadow and the hook are not of exact similar size, I measured it from the side and they are equal although it doesn't look so from the front.


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A minimalist photo of a plant leaning against a textured cracked wall.
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This shot is from my garden. I spotted this as a curve to begin with. Curves are usually associated with women. And some of them are just as tender and fragile like the plant shown in the photo. When I observed carefully, I noticed how the plant was leaning against the wall, taking support from it. That gave me the title and story i.e "Forgotten Love"


This is a story of a tender, fragile, feminine, loyal woman, who loved with all purity. But, she did not have luck by her side. He broke her heart and her world got stripped of all joys and color(hence, black and white). The heartbreak made her so weak that she couldn't even take care of herself. Therefore, she is now taking support of her friends (or the wall), represented by the plant leaning on it. 

A word on the Minimalistic Composition


This is Minimalism as Less Elements. The curved plant is the lone subject here and empty walls have been used to create negative space. The cracks on the right, adds to the drama and the monochrome nature of the photo, intensifies it.

Ten Lines

Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes


A Minimalist Photo of Ten lines created by natures shadow at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur
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My friends were sitting at Indian Coffee house at Jawahar Kala Kendra and I was supposed to join them for a cup of coffee and some afternoon snacks. It was about 4 pm. While I was on my way I found this fantastic play of light and shadows on my right. I took about 15-20 shots and by the time I joined my friends my cup of coffee had gone cold. I would never sacrifice my coffee or the green teas that I like for anything but for Minimalist Photography.

Now lets go back to the Minimalist Composition


To frame this, I moved very close to the subject i.e the wall and took this photo from the side so that I had two diagonal lines running from left to right cutting right across the lines in repetition. The lines created by the shadows are eight in number total and I added to two diagonal lines to it i.e 8+2=10 and therefore I titled the post "Ten Lines".

Just like us friends, had at nice discussion over coffee that afternoon, these Ten lines too had something to argue about.

The Over-bridge

Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes


A black and white Minimalist Photo of Street lights in repetition on an over-bridge in Jaipur.
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One big curve formed by the Over-bridge, Street Lights in repetition and Two Wires running across the frame.


The Minimalist Composition looks tough, isn't it? 


Yes and No. This was full of clutter in color, but after turning the photo into black and white it looked fairly simple. Therefore, when your photos look cluttered in color, try turning them to black and white. This does away with a lot of distraction and makes the look simpler.

The composition


I started by aligning the big Over-bridge Curve first and then I let the "Street Lamps in Repetition", just fall in place. I made sure that the lamps were 90 degrees upright. The two wires running across the frame adds to the Minimalist Aesthetics beautifully. The photo falls under the Minimalism Category: Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes i.e the Four Street Lamps.

Blue Saree

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole


A Minimalist Photo of a Woman in blue saree sitting against a yellow wall at Amber Fort - Jaipur
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I was trying to shoot this nice textured yellow wall, but then I noticed this woman sitting right next to it ...

...in a striking "Blue Saree"


I loved the contrast of yellow and blue so I decided to make a Minimalist Shot of it. At first I was confused as I had never shot a Minimal before using such a large image of a person, rather I generally shoot objects. This is where the domain knowledge of Minimalism helped me. I quickly realized I could click only a part of the woman, thereby eliminating the human structure and fit it under the Minimalism as parts of the whole category of Minimalism Photography. Composition was tricky to begin with but once I knew that I only have to clip the woman, I got it right in three shots.