The False Promise

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of An unkempt sign board with an advertisement of high speed internet.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai

I had been planning to post this shot for a while now but for some reason I did not find it Minimal enough, until today. Because today when I turned it to black and white, the focus entirely shifted to the curve (Minimalism) formed by the torn banner and to the blacks, grays and white. In color, the shot wasn't minimal enough as the sign board's rust and the colored text below was distracting the eye. Therefore, what we learn here is that black and white makes the shapes, lines and curves stand out.

To Compose I placed the curve diagonally starting from bottom left to top right. The white spot on top left could have been removed easily with the spot healing brush tool in Photoshop but I haven't done so, because it is balancing the bottom right heavy composition to some extent. The message here is loud and clear, we all want high internet speeds but it is rare that we get it. Many a times internet companies use extensive marketing tactics promising of very high internet speeds, but when you actually go and buy their product, you find that they have mislead you and as usual you have forgot to read the fine print.

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