24 May, 2020

5 Colorful Minimalist Wall Art Print Ideas for your Living Room.

When you talk of Minimalist Wall Art Prints, the first thing that comes to your mind is boring and sometimes dull, Black and White wall hangings.


Today, I am going to share with you 5 Colorful Minimalist Wall Art Photographs that you can use to decorate your dull and boring living room environment with. 

All of these Minimalist Photographs were clicked outside a Kindergarten School in Jaipur City. So without waiting any further, here are the Photographs:

5 Colorful Minimalist Wall Art Print Ideas (Photographs) for your Living Room:


A Minimalist Photograph of a Wall with four different colors.

Minimalist Wall Art - 1

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A Word on the Composition of the Photograph:

What I was looking to create here was a Minimalist Photograph with Four Colors, each one getting enough attention and yet, not climbing over each other or crowding the frame. To make the Red Color behave, as it could have easily over powered my frame, I placed it on the top right corner of the frame. Placing the Blue color was a bit of a challenge. I had to place the Blue colored section with care. It should have been neither too high nor too low. In the end how I placed it, is exactly how I wanted.

EXIF Data of the Photograph:

 Camera Model
Canon EOS 600D
 Lens Used
Canon 55-250 mm
 F-Stop
f/8
 Exposure Time
1/500 sec.
 ISO Speed
ISO-100
 Focal Length
250 mm
 Metering Mode
Pattern
 Exposure Program
Manual


A Minimalist Photograph of a Red Door surrounded by beige and blue colored walls.

Minimalist Wall Art - 2

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A word on the Composition of the Photograph:

Here, I wanted to make the closed Red Door as the primary subject in the Minimalist Photograph. I let the other elements fall in place. To decide as to how much of the Blue wall portion I needed in the frame, I had to constantly bend up and down. Finally, I kept it around say 40%. 

EXIF Data of the Photograph:

 Camera Model
Canon EOS 600D
 Lens Used
Canon 55-250 mm
 F-Stop
f/8
 Exposure Time
1/500 sec.
 ISO Speed
ISO-100
 Focal Length
250 mm
 Metering Mode
Pattern
 Exposure Program
Manual


A Minimalist Photograph of a Wall with Two primary colors, blue and red.

Minimalist Wall Art - 3

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A word on the Composition:

My intent here was to only show a pair of two colors i.e Blue and Red. The idea was to keep the color palette very Minimalist. I zoomed out, then zoomed in, then I  moved closer towards the wall and then I adjusted my shot yet again. I did fiddle a lot actually. Sometimes, when you are shooting something as simple as the Minimalist Frame above, you tend to mess it up, for you assume it is too easy. Trust me this happens.

EXIF Data of the Photograph: 

 Camera Model
Canon EOS 600D
 Lens Used
Canon 55-250 mm
 F-Stop
f/8
 Exposure Time
1/500 sec.
 ISO Speed
ISO-100
 Focal Length
179 mm
 Metering Mode
Pattern
 Exposure Program
Manual


A Minimalist Photograph of a Wall with two primary colors, red and yellow.

Minimalist Wall Art - 4

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A word on the Composition:

Just like the Minimalist Photograph prior to this one, the idea here again was to have a very Minimalist Color Palette and restrict the total number of colors in the frame to two, namely Red & Yellow. I gave the Red color slightly more space in the frame. Red being my favorite color I did have a bias for it. 

EXIF Data of the Photograph:

 Camera Model
Canon EOS 600D
 Lens Used
Canon 55-250 mm
 F-Stop
f/8
 Exposure Time
1/350 sec.
 ISO Speed
ISO-100
 Focal Length
135 mm
 Metering Mode
Pattern
 Exposure Program
Manual


A Minimalist Photograph of a Wall with two primary colors, yellow and green.

Minimalist Wall Art - 5

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A word on the Composition: 

After the Red color, Yellow is a second favorite color of mine, especially when it comes to using that color in Minimalist Photographs. Maybe because, this is the color I find most in my city (Jaipur) after the traditional ethnic pink(orange-ish pink actually). Again the color palette was kept Minimalist here  and the Yellow color was give a larger share in the frame. 

EXIF Data of the Photograph:

 Camera Model
 Canon EOS 600D
 Lens Used
 Canon 55-250 mm
 F-Stop
 f/8
 Exposure Time
 1/350 sec.
 ISO Speed
 ISO-100
 Focal Length
 163 mm
 Metering Mode
 Pattern
 Exposure Program
 Manual


That's it folks, these hope you enjoyed the series of 5 Colorful Minimalist Art Photographs.

Stay tuned for more!

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13 May, 2020

10 Reasons Why you should be Buying Wall Art during COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic has brought in a lot of Behavioral and Cultural Changes in People and Society.


People now prefer using technology to meet people one to one online or even attend virtual online group parties or conferences. People are wearing Face Masks and Social Distancing themselves. The biggest trend that came out as a result of COVID-19 Pandemic, is Work-from-home aka remote work. Video communication platforms like Zoom and Skype facilitate online meetings and reviews. The  24x7 data connectivity ensures Work from Home is accomplished with ease.

What COVID-19 also did, is that it has unleashed fear in the minds of people. Also, Self-Quarantining and being under Lockdown for months has started affecting mental health of people. Wearing of Face Masks is making people feel psychologically suffocated and disturbed. 

I  personally know a few people who are now so bored and worried that they now have sleeplessness and anxiety and hence no activity is able to uplift their mood or spirits, (alcohol might be an exception, I agree).

Today, I will tell you as to why such people need to Buy and bring home some Wall Art. I have compiled a list of 10 Reasons for it. So without waiting any further, here they are:

10 Reasons Why you should be Buying Wall Art during the COVID-19 Pandemic.



Peacock Feathers Wall Art Framed Print
Peacock Feathers: Wall Art By © Prakash Ghai
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1. Going Live via Video Communication Apps with a blank wall in the background is not a good idea.

I have personally attended about 6-7 Live video sessions on various subjects during the Lockdown via Zoom, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram Live Apps. I have also seen some Celebrities and TV News Anchors come LIVE on TV or via webcams from their homes. 

Some of the people had well decorated walls with beautiful Wall Hangings and Wall Art. But, majority of the people had Empty Walls behind them. This is seriously a bad idea. That doesn't make for good Audio-Visual content, at least presentation wise.

Now, imagine going Live on a Video Call and having a couple of nice Wall Art pieces displayed on your wall and people complimenting for the choice of your Art, while you are LIVE.

2. Staying home during Lockdowns causes Stress, but hey Art Heals.

Lots of citizens around the world are following Stay at Home orders and are locked indoors for a long period of time. Having your movement officially restricted by govt officials causes Stress, both at the conscious and the sub-conscious levels of your mind.

Simply having some Wall Art could really help you de-stress. All you have to do is keep engaging with the Artwork visually every once in a while. Remember how good you felt when you saw an artwork at an Exhibition? Remember that feeling? Now just try and recreate that in your home.

3. The idea of Shopping itself is a Stress Buster.

Whether you shop for Wall Art online or otherwise, Shopping in general, is a stress busting activity. I have seen lots of people who just shop for the sake of Shopping. In fact, they do it unknowingly to bring down their stress levels. So, don't think too much, if you have never bought any Wall Art ever, just take the plunge and Buy.

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4. Buy Wall Art directly from artists, instead of donating to Charities that are not that transparent.

While it may be a good idea to support some charities that contribute to the COVID-19 Relief Funds,  you can also choose to Support Artists, by directly buying Wall Art from them. 

Artists need a Bailout too, No one ever bailed them out.

First of all, they leave most of the Mainstream jobs to produce Art. 
Second, some of the Artists might even give up art during this COVID-19 Pandemic altogether. For now, they know that it is about Survival and if they are not able to generate enough income from Art, they would simply give it up forever.

It is our moral duty to support them, while the government tries to support other sectors and people. 

Look what you consumed during the Lockdown the most. Movies, Music, Books, Poetry, Watched Tv Shows, Sports, went on Instagram and saw works of Fashion Designers, Photographers, Sculptors, Painters, etc Correct? 

All of them are artists. Keep supporting them.

If it weren't for the Artists and their Art, we would have gotten bored to death and would have started having mental issues early on in the Lockdown.

5. Good time to introduce your family to Art, for everyone is home.

During the Lockdown everyone is home. This rarely happens. The whole family is together and it is a good time to buy some Wall Art and hang it on the wall where the family generally sits for a discussion. This way, you can introduce your family, especially the young children to Art and get their views and perspective on it.

What a Golden Opportunity isn't it? Will this time come again in our lifetimes? Well, nothing can be said for sure but most likely Not. So, it is time for you to take some action.

6. Feel like your Freedom is curtailed? Art is about Free Expression aka Freedom

Many of us feel like our Freedom is curtailed or rather forcefully taken away. We miss our Freedom terribly. We miss the feeling of being Free, of being able to go anywhere, to do anything without taking anyone's permission.

Guess what Artists do? They express freely and they use their Artwork as a medium for their expression. They don't care for society or for existing Artists or for any Art form dominating them.

They do their art without fear, with free will, with pure expression, and without anyone's permission. When you buy Wall Art from an Artist, you get those feelings of Fearlessness, and Freedom embedded in the Artwork.

All you have to do is put that Artwork on the wall to feel free again. Of course not in the literal sense though, but it matters.

7. To get inspired to pick up a New hobby for yourself.

All your life you had been very busy working all day long, trying to make ends meet. You always thought that one day, you would take out time for yourself and dig your talent and be done with it.

Some of you even tried but did not succeed. You needed more inspiration to continue to explore more about yourself. When you have an Artwork or a couple of Artworks from a few artists placed on the wall in your bedroom, those pieces of Wall Art will inspire you and motivate you everyday to finally pick up a New Hobby for yourself. 

8. Engaging with Art takes you into Introspection.

The more you engage with Art the more you go into Introspection. The more you introspect the more  you come up with solutions to various problems that need to be fixed.

Now the question is, Why is Art able to make you go into Introspection? 
The answer is simple, it helps to break thought patterns, or thought monotony. Once you get off a particular track, only then you can fix it an effective manner. If you try to fix it while at it, chances are you would inflict some self-damage.

9. You have something Offline or Off-screen to engage with in this Digital World.

Having framed Wall Art Prints hanging on your walls in this digital era is priceless. What we all do all day long is, Keep staring at digital screens. Be it the screen of a Laptop, a Mobile Phone or a Television Set.

We need to get off digital screens and get into offline eye and mind engagement for a reset. Wall Art definitely helps us in achieving the same.

10. Art makes you feel Less Lonely.

Imagine being locked up in a room with empty walls around you. You are bound to feel lonely. 

Now imagine, being locked up in a room with 4 Artworks of two different Artists hanging on your wall. Now, you have someone near you, not literally though, but that someone is the Souls of artists  with  beautiful Free Minds visible via their Wall Art.

Engaging a few minutes each day with such Wall Art, will make you feel Psychologically a little less lonely. Sure, in reality no one is there, but that feeling someone is there is enough sometimes.


Forgotten Love Wall Art Framed Print
Forgotten Love: Wall Art By © Prakash Ghai
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To Conclude, I must say that one must seriously consider Buying some Wall Art from Artists during this COVID-19  Pandemic and experience its benefits.


This action of yours would go a long way in motivating the Artists and they will carry on creating wonderful art. Art for our Souls, Lost Souls perhaps.

There goes a famous saying, "Without Art, Earth is just Eh"

03 May, 2020

Hollow Photo Frames

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Minimalist Photograph of Hollow Photo Frames on a Blue Tent at St Xaviers College during a Photography Competition cum Exhibition.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Minimalist Photograph of Hollow Photo Frames on a Blue Tent at St Xaviers College during a Photography Competition cum Exhibition. 


I went to St. Xavier's College Hathroi, Jaipur to attend a Photo Exhibition. They had recently organized a Photography Competition and the participants Photographs were on display.

The results of the Photo competition were yet to be announced, so I was a bit too early.

There was a big Hall on the 1st Floor where all the participants Photographs were put up. I went through each one and since I am myself an Ex-Xavierite, I met a few known people there, also a few Photographers whom I was friends with.

After a while, a young Photographer who was from the College management, took me outside to the garden area to show me this Blue Tent with these beautiful Hollow Photo Frames.

I asked him, what will they be putting up there. He said, they would be putting up the results of the Winners of Mobile Photography Contest and DSLR Photography competition winner's Photographs would be displayed on a separate wall inside the hall.

Since, the results were yet to be announced, the Photo Frames outside were Hollow. On the announcement of the winners of the Mobile Photography Contest, they would simply place the Photographs from behind in these lovely golden border Hollow Photo Frames.

Before leaving, I thought It would be a good idea to shoot this subject as Minimalist Photograph.

All I could see was Rectangles against a Blue backdrop aka Minimalism as Simple Geometry.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 600 D

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/8

  • Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-800

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Evaluative/Pattern

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Hollow Photo Frames Minimalist Photograph.


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30 April, 2020

Bicycle Shadow Vs Shadow Triangle

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimalist Photograph of a Man commuting to work on his Bicycle and a Big Shadow Triangle formed on the Street.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Black and White Minimalist Photograph of a Man commuting to work on his Bicycle and a Big Shadow Triangle formed on the Street.


This shot was taken with from Civil Lines Metro Station 1st Floor. When I went there to take a shot, the Metro Station was under construction, therefore I had easy access to the staircase.

I was with my Canon 600 D crop sensor camera with 50 mm prime lens mounted, looking down on the street.

First, I placed the Shadow Triangle on the bottom left and then I waited for people/vehicles to pass by.

I knew long shadows of such people/vehicles would be created because of the position of the Sun and because of my distance from the street the subjects that pass by would look small enough to create a a nice Minimalist Frame.

I saw this Man on Bicycle heading into my frame from a distance and I waited to place him in the frame in such a way that would allow ample Negative Space.

Negative Space and the distance from which this Minimalist Photograph was taken, converted this Street Photo into Street Minimalism. 

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 600 D

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/2.8

  • Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-200

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Bicycle Shadow Vs Shadow Triangle Minimalist Photograph.


Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day !

25 April, 2020

Inside Outside

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimalist Photograph of Idle Plastic Chairs contrasting each other, one being Inside and the other being outside.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Minimalist Photograph of Idle Plastic Chairs contrasting each other, one being Inside and the other being outside.


What I saw here initially, was the Red Chair on Top of a White Chair placed nicely against the wall. Then I spotted the Red Chair Inside.

This made me change my shot from the straight flat from the from idea of the two chairs, to include the Red chair inside within the frame.

This helped me create the Inside Vs Outside Chair theme in the Photograph. One more way of interpreting the art could be One Chair Versus Two.

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 600 D

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/4

  • Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Inside Outside Minimalist Photograph.


Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day !

22 April, 2020

Peacock Feathers

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimal Art Photograph of Peacock Feathers against an old Heritage Door.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Minimal Art Photograph of Peacock Feathers against an old Heritage Door.


This Photograph was taken when I was out on a Photowalk near Hawa Mahal Jaipur.

The Photowalk  was organized by Anudeep Mathur in November 2016. Thanks to the Quarantine/Lockdown, that I am able to dig into my old folders and bring these photos to the forefront.

We assembled in front of Hawa Mahal at about 8 AM. The Sun was shining bright and I still remember the air that day was really fresh.

After the Group Shot, we were supposed to walk towards Jaleb Chowk and keep clicking photos on our way. While everyone was on a Street Photography walk, I was on my combo of Street And/ OR Minimalism.

While on my way to Jaleb Chowk, I spotted this Old Heritage Door and these Beautiful Peacock Feathers Set. These feathers set was kept against the Heritage Door by a Peacock Feather seller. When I asked him he said that he would be off to sell these in about half an hour.

I admired the Peacock Feathers for a long time. They were so beautiful that I forgot to even click a picture.

After a while, I took the lens lid off and composed this Minimalist Frame bending low on my knees.

The feathers contrasted nicely with the Brownish-red old Heritage Door with In-built Square shapes.

Overall it was an interesting Color Palette not to miss.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 600 D

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/7.1

  • Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Peacock Feathers Minimalist Photograph.


Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day !

18 April, 2020

Park Bench Corner

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimalist Photograph of the Corner of a Park Bench at Central Park, Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Minimalist Photograph of the Corner of a Park Bench at Central Park, Jaipur.


My intention here was to emphasize on the Curve of the Bench Armrest and the Spiral shape it was forming at the top. 

To achieve this, I used the widest aperture possible on my Canon 100 mm prime Macro lens, aka f/2..8 

Shooting with such an aperture resulted in effective segregation of the subject in the foreground with the background, for this setting created Background Blur or Bokeh. The Bokeh effect results in sharp attention and focus on the key subject. Note: there must be some depth behind the subject for the bokeh/background blue effect to come out nicely.

I also wanted to show the Shadow of the Park Bench Corner on the wall, and to achieve that I moved a little to the left of the Armrest.

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Prime Macro Lens

  • F-stop: f/2.8

  • Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Park Bench Corner Minimalist Photograph.


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17 April, 2020

Square Vs Light Squares

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimalist Photograph of a Square Versus Abstract Light Squares on a Red Wall at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Minimalist Photograph of a Square Versus Abstract Light Squares on a Red Wall at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.


What I spotted here first, was the Four Light Abstract Squares on the Red Wall. These were formed due to light passing through an open window with 4 glass panes in it, right behind me. 

Now, I had to contrast these Abstract Light Squares with something. So, I looked for a Geometric subject to go with it.

There was a Square on the wall next to this one. To include that with the Abstract Light Squares I shot the edge of the two walls and placed one subject on the either end of the frame. This juxtaposed the two subjects nicely.

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 24-105 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/4.5

  • Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-400

  • Focal Length: 58 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Square Vs Light Squares Minimalist Photograph.


Thank you for your time. Have a Nice Day !

14 April, 2020

Steep Stairs Red Walls

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimalist Photograph of a Steep Staircase and Red Walls at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai

A Minimalist Photograph of a Steep Staircase and Red Walls at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur.


When you climb up the Stairs where there is Parijaat I and Parijaat II Art Galleries at Jawahar Kala Kendra, this is the Terrace Area that you see on the opposite end.

I have never been there nor do I know how to reach there. I guess this is a restricted access area or maybe the students having a class can access it. But what I saw and how I saw it made all the difference or else it would have been a very boring/vanilla Minimalist Photograph/Composition.

The only reason I shot this was, that I visually wanted to see, what if I placed the Steep Stairs on the extreme left and leave the maximum amount of Negative Space possible to the right hand side, along with these striking Red Walls.

It looked really interesting and I immediately knew I got another decent Minimalist Frame. Also, I was at a slightly higher place than the Terrace in front of me and that gave a different kind of look and feel to the Photograph. Where you stand matters a lot. Sure, I have captured a lot of Minimalist Photographs at Jawahar Kala Kendra but moving to different places inside JKK helps me get different shots everytime.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:



  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/11

  • Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-5000

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Steep Stairs Red Walls Minimalist Photograph. shot a Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.



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