Monday, May 22, 2017

Found Slides, Minimalism

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Found Slides, Minimalism

'Analog Diary - Five minimalist frames, image slides scanned and post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3)'

Canoscan 9000F Mark II
Minimalism, in visual arts, music, and other mediums, is a style that uses the minimum of design elements. The movement emerged in New York in the early 1960s as artists moved toward geometric abstraction in painting and sculpture.

While some appreciate the openness of this idea, embracing the freedom of interpretation, others took the opposite stance, despising the lack of direction or subject matter. In photography, however, where a photo is a representation of a moment in time, and place, minimalism is instead used to enhance the impact of the image.

The rule? Keep it simple. Pick the strongest element of the shot, focus on what catches and engages the eye, use leading line and negative space to accentuate its prominence. Use the rule-of-thirds to help you compose. Work on a good depth of field to draw the eye to the focus of the composition. Go for distinct texture and colors, get the light just right, and work from a vantage point that will put all these in perspective.

Tell a story, bring people and figures into the context of your composition, convey a scene or event using the reduced subject matter, colors and shapes. Post-processing your shots should be reasonably straightforward as you should already have a good notion of what you want with simple but dramatic images. Consider something surreal, use the artist in you to create a piece of art instead, or just stay true to life and process in its utmost simplicity.

This batch of found slides are about 30+ years old, shot on an Olympus OM-2n and a Sigma-XQ Filtermatic 24mm f/2.8 with the O56 (Orange) filter on. The slides were scanned on the CanoScan 9000F Mark II and the images post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3). Tweaks include cropping and tilt adjustment, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Color Balance, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, and Noise Reduction. Color balance was mainly used to remove the extensive color cast of the original shot.

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