Meet Matthieu Venot, an iconic abstract photographer focused on architecture
A French photographer originally from Paris, Matthieu Venot started his career as a sound engineer. He says he found that to be unfulfilling so he decided to enter the world of abstract photography – feeling “a need to be involved in work that stirs the emotions”.
Matthieu moved to Brest in Brittany and began taking photos of a town he was, at the time, unfamiliar with but which he wanted to show through his eyes, taking photos of buildings in different ways – sometimes triangular, sometimes flat or just at an angle.
“I am drawn to colour,” he explains. “The light brings out the colours spectacularly so I never like to take photos in the morning or evening when the light isn’t perfectly bright. I love it when the colours are flat and very graphic, simple and streamlined. I have developed my style over time and I now try to fit more into the frame.” In spite of having established himself as an iconic photographer who clearly focuses on architectural buildings, Matthieu does not like to refer to himself as an architectural photographer – rather an abstract photographer whose subject matter happens to be buildings. He endeavours to “celebrate urban surroundings by capturing a section of a building that offers artistic and geometric beauty in its composition and colour”.
With over 100,000 followers on Instagram, this self-taught photographer is capturing the attention of many with his graphical interpretations.