10 February, 2016

Together Yet Apart

Minimalism as Simple Geometry 

Minimalist Photo of Parallel clotheslines against a textured Indian wall.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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Some relationships are strange, difficult, stagnant and not easy to manage. You are both in and out of love at the same time. Together, but miles apart. It is a strange feeling and you just cant do anything about it. You are helpless. You can only sit at the shore and admire the beauty of the sea and its waves from far away, but you can not walk-in for a dip like you used to do before. Of course the relationship began with a big bang, loads of love and care but now there is a "constant gap" in the relationship. You both came to know how different you are from each other and that you have very different habits, friends, and views on life. You've just stumbled upon the "compatible yet incompatible" stage of the relationship. Neither of you have created the distance in the relationship but it is there and is a constant one. You have "not fought" but you don't talk much either. You've realized that the feel and charm of the relationship is overYou neither want to end it, nor do you want to let it continue. You are still friends but "only friends on paper", you are more of an acquaintance now. Such a relationship is being depicted here by two parallel lines(that never meet) created by the traditional Indian plastic clotheslines(ropes) used to dry clothes out in the open here in India.  


The photo uses "Simple Geometry" as a base. i.e Lines and the Black Triangle. The lines would have been boring to look at, if I would have kept them at 180 degrees. Keeping them at a slight upward tilt adds some sense of motion to the shot. The viewers eyes are almost lead out of the frame to the right by the parallel lines but are brought right back into it by the masculine shadow of the triangle going just the opposite way. 

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  1. Lovely photo !!! I like these lines and shadow.

  2. very interesting... :-)
    Cheers, Archana - www.travelwitharchie.com

  3. Do you use a digitizing service? I just had all of my parent's wedding photos transferred to a digital format with ScanDigital. It's so great to not have to worry about them deteriorating.