Christian Borger aims to bring together his two creative interests, photography and architectural design, and his Instagram account (@chrisventures) lies at their intersection. The 24-year-old’s gallery captures minimalist images like a deserted grocery store aisle and crisscrossed power lines, drawing attention to the linear and textural qualities of each photograph. Borger, who lives in Allston, is a student at Boston Architectural College and works at IKD, a small design firm.
Q. How does your background in architecture affect your photography?
A. It’s heavily based on composition and the atmosphere of the space and the lighting, and all the smaller elements and details like texture and tone. Just sort of the way I’d look at an architectural space and break that down with a design mentality.
Q. What’s your philosophy regarding photography, and what it can do for both you and the people viewing it?
A. The way I like to think about it is that whatever I capture now, when people see it 50 to 100 to however many years later, I want to give them the best description of what was really going on — the little details that a lot of people maybe aren’t seeing.
Q. Your architectural skills lend themselves well to capturing cityscapes, but a number of your photographs have human subjects as well. What is it about people that you like to photograph most?
A. Even when I’m shooting something that’s architecturally interesting, having the human scale incorporated into that photograph is super important. I like to find people interacting with the spaces, whether in a mundane way — like someone crossing the street and having that balance and scale between the person and the city leaning above them — or something more intimate like a laundromat or just an everyday scene where that person gives a more grounded feel to the space itself.
Q. Are there any projects you’ve been working on?
A. I have pretty consistently and thoroughly documented Allston for the last year. I’m working on a constantly growing collection of houses and small details of the neighborhood that I think are interesting that I haven’t really seen captured yet. I think that’ll probably be ongoing until I move out of here or until my memory card is just totally full.
Q. What are some of those details?
A. There’s a beauty in the way things are built and put together and organized out here. Collections of power lines, just haphazardly strung across the street, they have this beauty in themselves that I think is really awesome.
Q. Do you often find that being a photographer allows you to notice things that others overlook?
A. Yeah, I think so. Probably just from doing it for three or four years now, I’ve developed my own way of looking at things. It’s a skill that everyone has, I think. It’s just a matter of giving them the time to find it themselves.Interview was edited and condensed. Sonia Rao can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @misssoniarao.