We often hear the word grunge in photography nowadays even though it was originally coined in the early 90s to describe a music genre. Grunge is in fact a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged in Seattle and nearby towns roughly 30 years ago. Grunge music is often described as dark, ominous, and portraying peculiar emotions and states of mind that deal with social alienation, apathy and a desire for freedom.
Just like grunge music itself, grunge photography is meant to challenge the viewers and make them enjoy an aesthetic realm that can’t be described as positive or beautiful in a traditional sense.
The following tips and tricks will help you understand better what grunge really is (visually speaking!) and how to create a grunge vibe in your photography.
Analog Vs Digital Grunge Photography
Grunge photography, also known as ‘lo-fi’, is often associated with the use of old lenses, toy lenses, and instant cameras. Since this kind of equipment gives the impression of low quality, it’s not so easy to replicate it with modern DSLRs and lenses. However, it’s possible to mimic most of these effects (like unusual color balance, vignettes, grain) using various editing apps or Lightroom and Photoshop for those who are into more serious post-processing.
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