My minimalist black and white photography style

My work reflects a personal and visual style cultivated on the lands of Kansas where I grew up with its unfettered horizon and sky which dominate your field of vision. I love to photograph wide open spaces where one can see the horizon unimpaired such as coastlines, deserts, or plains. In fact, many of my very first photographs show a predisposition to these types of landscapes and compositions such as the one below of a fenceline at night in 2006.

As a landscape architect, I am trained in thinking about both time and space and that reflects in how/where/why I make photographs. My chosen locations lean towards photographing landscapes of change such as tidal waters but also landscapes enduring significant change over a long period of time like landscapes of destruction in the Athabasca oil sands where I am completing a long-term photography and book project.

These visual experiences contribute to a style that is pure, minimalist, and often abstract in style. The use of black and white allows me to strip away unnecessary visual distraction focusing only on form, texture, and light in my compositions.

For me, this type of style disassembles our world into its purest form; as if looking into the soul of our world with raw emptiness of virgin lands with little human presence, leaving the world naked for to reflect its rawest emotion back.

I have been heavily influenced by minimalist art of all genres including the work of artists and painters such as Mark Rothko, Piet Mondrian, and Richard Serra as well as photographers Josef Hoflehner, David Fokos, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

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Corona Coast Collection from Jonathan Knight


As a journalist-turned-designer, the driving interest in my work is to unify the ethical and documentary obligations of journalism (storytelling) and its common ground with the projective, forward-thinking obligations of the design fields (futuretelling)."

Jonathan Knight