Photography by Ákos Major

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Long has proper use of white space been on the minds of graphic designers, architects, and illustrators alike. Designer and landscape photographer Ákos Major has treated the concept of white space as an object of study in his photography, which highlights the interplay of light, terrain, and atmosphere. In a series titled “Lumen,” snowy plains blend sky and ground in a mix of gray-white, with a singular figure of a tree dusted in white flakes or a family of swans in the foreground. Major even manages to incorporate urban landscapes in his repertoire of silver palettes, with one photograph depicting a bright blue car sitting in front of stark white buildings and street and another depicting a bridge stretching over gray waters to a foggy city in the background. Photographs included in “WTR2CPS” are hauntingly beautiful, sometimes without any foreground object and simply capturing the horizon that creases the white and gray fabric of the entire photograph. Appropriately, the artist cites Michael Kenna as an influence, and it is easy to see how Major has interpreted the stark minimalism in a softer light for his own creations.



Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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