There’s distinct change in the the air when it snows here in the UK. Eschewing the panic that first occurs, it’s after everything calms down and the traffic stops that I like best – when all that’s heard is a chilled, fleecy wind draping itself around the softened snow-covered cars and houses. So of course I’ve been drawn the simplicity of Hungarian photographer Akos Major’s work and more specifically his series Lumen where snow laced landscapes are shot so beautifully it makes me wish for more of those snow-capped spells.
I’ve seen these type of landscapes before in photography but it’s the execution in this seres that makes me feel like Akos has managed to visualise silence beautifully. With such a sparse but painterly approach, the thoughtful composition hypnotises me until photographic snow blindness ensues. Described as “muted happiness” by Akos, the desolate tranquility contrasts natural elements like skeletal trees and woodland animals against the harsher, industrial structures, alluding to man’s footprint in these serene landscapes.
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