05 September, 2014

Guarded by the Lines.

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole

A Minimalist Photo of an Auto rickshaw or tuktuk in jaipur
Photo by © Prakash Ghai
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A Colorful Minimalist Photo of the back side of a Tuk-tuk or auto-rickshaw, comprising of lines and shapes, parked on the streets of Jaipur.

I spotted this Tuk-tuk (auto-rickshaw) parked right in front of a slum. I was right outside the Tuk-Tuk driver's house. I was there for a photo-walk based on the theme Life in a Slum, with co-photographers. 

But guess what, I do not consider shooting poor people art at all. In fact, for me it is more like making fun of them. You may ask, so why did I attend the photo-walk? Well, I did so, to hangout with co-photographers, have "Chai" or Indian Tea with them, and discuss photography in general.

All the Photographers were clicking pictures as per the Photography theme, whereas I was as usual busy observing details and was trying to spot geometry and colors. As I mentioned above, this was right in front of the Tuk-Tuk drivers house, my eyes lit up wide once I saw such bright colors and my initial reaction was "oh wow, finally." 

Since the Tuk_tuk was stationery, I had the privilege of going really really close to it. I bent down on my knees and I made sure that those "Circles" on left "fitted appropriately within the Minimalist photo frame that I was trying to create. The circles had this armor guarding them, hence I kept the title "Guarded by the Lines". These circles fall in the left rule of thirds 3x3 grid quadrant. Another rule of thirds is applied on top, via the yellow portion.

It took me a while though to declutter and create this simple Minimalist Photograph with basic shapes and a minimal color palette. 

Hope you enjoyed the Photograph. 

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