Akos Major is a Hungarian freelance graphic designer that likes Turkish food, wooden instruments and has a strong passion for photography. He is a graduate of the University of Arts and Design (MOME) from Budapest and holds a degree in Visual Communications. He is comfortable both with print and with digital media, each of them having their own place and unique possibilities of expressions.
In a recent interview, Akos stated that his photographs are ”the essence of what I see, how I feel when I'm around with my gear”. His opinions about the world are expressed through photography. He also stated on different occasions that he is inspired by music in his work and by other photographers such as Michael Kenna, Elger Esse, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Alexander Gronsky and many others.
Since the use of negative space is so common, Major’s photographs draw in the viewer through a variety of small details. You find yourself filled with curiosity as to the whereabouts of the photographs and at the same time pondering about the meaning behind it Mr. Major explained:
"I make photographs of landscapes, the environment and people on color negatives. Mostly i shoot when it's overcast, often in the late afternoon. I tend to choose my subjects in a coherent way. Under these circumstances, I create a mood, often described as a feel of loneliness. I have no intentions to control the viewer's feelings, however my technique and vision affects the overall mood of my work."
My personal experience brings me to classify Akos Major’s waterscapes into 3 categories:
- the tranquil – pastel colored photographs that make the viewer hold his breath in an attempt to experience the trapped calmness
- the mysterious – pictures of a dock from the side that make one fidget in his/her chair, as if trying to see what’s not captured in the frame
- the puzzles – vivid objects capture the center of the photograph, which makes you, the viewer, stare at them relentlessly to discover their secrets, the reason for which they had been chosen
An interesting fact mentioned by Mr. Major is that one must be open to change and not get stuck in just one thing for too long. These seem like the ideal traits for someone pursuing minimalist photography. So, under this note, keep an eye out for Mr. Major's long-term project entitled Postcards from the Happiest Barrack. It is a documentary series, focusing on the heritage of the communist era in Hungary.
And in the meantime share with us your opinions on the minimalist waterscapes. We'd love to heard from you in the comment section below.