27 November, 2014

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".


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.

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