Matthieu Venot is a rising star in the French photographic world. A self-taught photographer, he started his practice by taking playful and stylish images of his hometown of Brest. His work was first noticed for his use of bright sky - almost like a backdrop in a studio. Since then, he has developed a new series, taken in the Northern French town of Dunkerque, which subtracts the bright blue sky of Brest, and reduces it to something greyer and more sinister.
Although he is an architectural photographer, his aim is not to create large oppressive images but instead to give the day-to-day urban fabric that surrounds him a freshness and unexpected quality. He crops building parts out of context, focuses in on architectural details or isolates certain building features and therefore creates strong geometrical compositions that have a life of their own. Balconies and staircases, for example, shed their utilitarian role to become two-dimensional flourishes while in other images, façade segments lose their scale to become graphical abstractions.
Matthieu received an Honourable Mention at the Independent Photography Awards in 2016 in the category Architecture: Industry with his image Industry: Sans Titre 2. His work has also been featured on It's Nice That and Yatzer.
Artist's Statement: To me the key is curiosity. It’s like I play a game when I go out shooting. ---