The Introvert

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of the Dark shadow of a plant on a textured Indian wall
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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There are two kinds of people according to Carl Jung's personality theory.

a) Introverts

 

b) Extroverts


Introverts are more concerned about their inner world of ideas and thoughts. They generally tend to avoid social gatherings and are at ease even when alone or in silence. On the other hand, Extroverts take gratification from what is outside the "self". They are at their most energized state when they have others around them. The "shadow" of the plant above can be interpreted as an Introvert as it does not wants to expose itself to the outside world and therefore prefers being in the shadow state. An introvert actually enjoys his time alone, deep in his thoughts while his family members are away at the club for a party.

But, there is a huge misconception about them. People treat all introverts with a negative bias and call them pessimists, losers, or simply think that they are depressed. Well, that is not the case and that is the message I want to convey with this photo. Although the plant is hidden from the outside world being a shadow but it is as beautiful as any other real plant or an extrovert. It is only a matter of time when the plant chooses to be out in the open and that day the Extroverts will come to know how balanced, calm and composed introverts really are.

I shot this at the Worldwide Instameet or #wwim11 which was organized by Instagramers Jaipur at Smriti Van on 22nd March 2015, headed by Amit Ginani and Taruna Chanchlani.
Their efforts are noteworthy. The theme was "Nature Hunt" and although I did not shoot subjects from the checklist they had provided but I got lucky enough to capture this beautiful shadow created by nature. I simply followed Sunlight and that lead me to this textured Indian wall.

To make the composition interesting I added a shadow line on the left which could have otherwise avoided. I moved in closer to the subject and used the shaded black portion at the bottom of the frame to balance the overall Minimalist Composition.

It Hurts but not much

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A minimalist photo of A small dent on a red metal sheet indicating a little blip in a relationship.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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There are times in a relationship when you get to hear those things from your loved ones which you probably would never want to hear. You feel bad and question nature what wrong have you done other than truly loving someone. But you know that you are committed and its a long lasting relationship.  Things will be better with time, but you cannot wait for the phase to pass. "It Hurts but not much" as it is only a small misunderstanding represented by the little dent in the red metal panel on top left.

Composition


This is Minimalism as Simple Geometry and I have primarily used Lines. The rule of thirds have been applied 3 times

1) For the red metal panel
2) for the little dent and
3) the line under the red panel.

Geometry in the Sky

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A minimalist photo of Sky high geometric lines at Jaleb Chowk Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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While I was standing near this heritage structure at Jaleb Chowk Jaipur, a local policeman approached me and asked me what was I clicking? He looked very confused as I was pointing the camera at strange places in the sky and at blank walls. He looked at me with suspicion and I quickly read his name written on the small piece of name plate clipped to his shirt. It read "Ram Kumar Yadav". I told him Yadav ji, don't worry I am not from the media. I told him so, as I thought that his fear was that I am probably from the media and I would make a report as to how dirty the place was with garbage lying here and there. To my surprise his reply was "Even if you were from the media, you could do nothing, as we are policemen." I realized, this man was not in the right mood and it was time to lighten up the discussion and move ahead. So, I changed the topic to tourism and asked him what is the government's plan for the upcoming Night Tourism in the city. While talking, I cracked a little joke in between and moved on. I narrated this incident because, as a photographer you should know how to handle little incidents like this, you should know how to lighten up things. If you get into an argument with someone on the street, you shall not remain in a good mood anymore to click. Especially if you are minimalist, you will quickly lose the connect with your sub-conscious mind and wont be able to spot Minimalist Subjects.

Coming back to the Composition, I wanted to show lines here, using just two colors i.e yellow and blue in the frame. The challenge was to keep everything in focus. I used an f stop of F/11 and focused on the black triangle on the left, thereby leaving everything behind also be in focus. The wall on the right wasn't that sharp and to do away with that little blur I added some bit of sharpness to it using a photo editing software.

Home Loan

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of White scratch and shadow of a Hut shaped home on a red wall.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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It is the dream of every man/woman who lives on rent, to have his/her own house one day. Houses are usually very expensive to buy and it generally takes up the savings of an entire lifetime. The dream home here is represented by the hut-like shadow of an electric meter installation, while the white scratch is used to signify the burden of the big monthly installments of the long tenured home loan one takes. The color of the scratch being white represents spending for a good cause i.e for a house and not for luxury. OK, so that was one of the interpretations of the photo, you may interpret it differently and that is the fun part about artistic photography.

Composition 


Coming back to the composition. This photo falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements category. The white scratch caught my attention and I began thinking about how to compose my shot. I had two options a) to treat the white scratch as my primary subject, place it top left and let the shadow fall accordingly in the frame or b. Treat the shadow of the electric meter as my primary subject and adjust the position of the scratch by feet or hand movement. I chose option b, as in option a the problem was that I had to include the ground, and that wasn't looking attractive. Also It was very bright and sunny, so right exposure was a challenge and I already knew that shooting "red" as a color is very very tough. Therefore to be at a safer side, I chose exposure bracketing settings on my camera and shot in the RAW + JPEG format. Hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes action. You can subscribe via email to never miss a post. Have a great day/evening.

Mysterious Staircase

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Black and white Minimalist Photo of a Mysterious Staircase and Black Curvy Door at Jantar Mantar Jaipur
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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I have posted many photos of Jantar Mantar before and I must have been there to shoot Minimalist Photos for about 8-10 times already. But the place is so filled with geometry that whenever I go there I am able to find newer shots. This one below was a result of me being lazy and for I was carrying a zoom lens. It was hot and sunny and I thought rather than going close towards the staircase to shoot, let me try the shot from distance for a change. Distance is an important aspect in minimalism. It makes your subject look small and Minimalistic and that is ideal. You can also shoot at 18mm with your regular kit lens to achieve similar results. As for me, I was zoomed in as usual with my 55-250mm zoom lens.

Now coming back to the shot, since I was far away from my subject I could include an extra element in my frame i.e the black door. The curved arcs of the door juxtaposed nicely with the straight lines of the staircase. Such a contrast brought in the much needed Art Effect. A quick reminder, make sure you make your staircases disappear towards the end to add mystery. I turned this into monochrome as architectural shots in black and white exposes the geometry and shapes well. Color generally distracts the eye.  Do share links of your black and white Minimalistic shots in comments.

Happy Clicking.

The Overreaction

Minimalism as Less Elements


A minimalist photo of Long shadow of a blue pipe on a sunlit orange wall
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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Some problems or issues are simple & relatively small just like the straight blue line here. But many a times we tend to overreact & over-complicate petty issues and make them big. We blow things out of proportion. The thick curved shadow of the pipe depicts our unwanted overreaction. On the other hand, when we are faced with a big complex problem we all act sensibly and sort it out well. Human behavior is complex, isn't it?

Composition


The photo falls under Minimalism as Less Elements category. To Compose, I made sure that I placed the curved shadow of the blue pipe in the center of the frame to give it maximum attention.(one of the rare occasions where I center placed the subject). The shadow is not my primary subject. My primary subject is the blue pipe, which I first placed on the top of the frame following the rule of thirds. Later, I made adjustments to my physical position as well as the other elements in the frame. I mostly add extra sharpness in my shots but that is a matter of personal preference, you may or may not choose to add it.

Tip: Practice spotting long shadows whenever you are out in the sun, with or without the camera.

Rectangles and Shadows

Minimalism as Less Elements


A black and white minimalist photo of Side Wall of an under construction building
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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Black and White Minimalism is usually more appealing to the eye and today I decided to post one such photo from my collection. I generally write mini-tutorials with my photos but in this post I shall explain a bit more. Simple photos are generally good to look at but very hard to compose. To click a photo like the one I have posted, here is a quick step-by-step how-to instruction.

Pick up a good zoom lens and head straight into an area where there is construction of buildings going on. Then find out that side of the building which is well lit by the slanting rays of the evening sun. Zoom-in and look for some elongated shadows (to add the art effect) supported by some simple geometry.

Next, add some negative space between the subjects and make it look like a long distance relationship. Then log into a photo editing software, press the de-saturate button, add some sharpness, adjust some levels and you are done. It is always better to have clear and well defined geometry in your minimalist shots. Here, I have used rectangles and you may use squares or lines or maybe circles if you are lucky enough to find them.