Between the [frame] Lines: Minimalism

Matt Borkowski is a Brooklyn, NY based photographer focused on minimalism and environmental portraiture. Matt is currently pursuing printed publication, exhibition, and commissioned opportunities. His extensive artistic background includes work in graphic and web design, fashion, and literature.

An element that I try to incorporate into my work is minimalism. I don’t necessarily mean that I’m going out on a limb and creating a Mark Rothko every time I shoot, but it’s in the back of my mind. The series I chose to exhibit in this blog post featured some of my favorite minimalist shots from my library, so please allow me to elaborate on my process a bit.

Being a photographer for about two years now, I’ve noticed a stark change in style from my early work to the present. I think that as a young photographer, I was so enamored with the idea of “bokehing” every shot and shooting wide-open that I missed out on a lot of the other cool things in the process. The classic Leica glow ran its course on my work, but as I became ever more acquainted with my tank of an M8.2, the more I decided to push myself and the camera for more. I honestly felt like a whole new world has opened up to me. Mundane subjects aren’t boring to me anymore, and the more that I become familiar with minimalist art the more I feel like I can incorporate elements of it into my work. Lately, I’ve become obsessed with clean lines, shapes, and other oddities, and the photos in this series encompass all of these different trains of thought into one representative work of my take on minimalism.

-Matt Borkowski

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  • Hi Matt … I really enjoyed this set – and particularly #14, which hangs so close to ‘nothing’ without going over the line! I have some similar shots that I’m tucking away under the heading of ‘incidental/accidental’… a bit like the accidental shots captured when you fired the shutter a few times to wind the film onto an SLR in the ‘old’ days…
    all the best, L

  • Hello,

    The cranes picture remember me one of my shots in flickr:

    congratulations for the post

  • I particularly like #11. There is an unexplained tension. When I see it, I really want to know the end. As if there is an end to it. Thanks, nice photos, anyhow. 🙂

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