Minimalissimo


Categorized “Photography”

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and to many, so is art. In any case, the humble pocket has been elevated into the status of beautiful, spellbinding works of art through the lens of luxury still life photographers Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes, with styling by Sam Logan, commissioned for issue no. 9 of The Gentlewoman. It’s a straightfoward, simple enough concept, but the masterful use of light and shadows in highlighting the impeccable detailing of the garments portrayed gives the whole series – and especially the humble pocket – a mistifying, iconic sheen.


I have a strong appreciation for minimalist photography, and when Portuguese photographer & filmmaker Nuno Andrade introduced his recent work to me, I was excited to share this with you, our readers. Nuno Andrade’s project titled EBM, is a brilliant and beautifully captured collection inspired by the Marine Biology Station of Funchal. This infrastructure is dedicated to scientific research and is designed to enable the development of science and technologies of the Sea, in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, especially in the areas of biology and ecology of coastal and deep waters. The building itself is designed by architect Gonçalo Byrne and consists of six floors. Minimalist architecture encapsulated by minimalist photography, which has been superbly executed by Andrade. He writes: I consider myself a coherent photographer and I know that my projects are expressions of my personal likes. I love visions with great impact, and I try to create powerful and timeless images.


Dylan Cao — @dlancao — is originally from Vietnam, but arrived in New York four years ago to pursue a fashion design degree. Currently studying accessory design, Dylan will soon be graduating with the ambition of becoming a footwear designer. Today we gain an insight into Dylan’s creative and superbly captured Instagram collection whilst discovering a little more about the man behind the camera. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? My collection of photos actually remains as a reflector and a reminder of the consistency in simplicity I would love to achieve in both my design processes and personal life. I do feel that as a designer, my process starts with constructing and adding, which is followed by deconstruction and elimination. By posting Instagram photos every now and then, I feel refreshed in a sense that I am able to absorb and communicate simplicity not only through my body work but also through everyday life. Minimalism does seep through you to eventually form a lifestyle. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? I have a very strong reaction to composition and geometry in architecture since I grew up with my father who is an engineer and also...


Sarah Van Peteghem — @sarah_cocolapine — is a Belgian born and Berlin based interaction designer and interior stylist at Fantastic Frank. Alongside this, she runs the blog Coco Lapine Design, which also features a small online store of elegant accessories & prints. Today we take a closer look into Sarah’s everyday life through her beautiful Instagram collection and how it has evolved. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I like to try out many different things inside my home. When something turns out pretty, I take a picture of it and publish it. And this sometimes works the other way around as well: I think about what would look nice on a picture and end up arranging my home in that way. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? I like to surround myself with objects, which I find functional and well designed, but most importantly, I’m the most creative when everything around me is organised. It’s a good motivation to clean the house. When and how do you decide to take a photo? When I find something pretty or interesting. It actually made me look at things differently: when you think about pictures and making photo’s...


UK practice John Morgan Studio recently undertook the redesign of the prestigious London publication ArtReview, art directing and developing the design of each issue and special editions since September 2013 in an elegant, clean fashion. For the Future Greats issue, an annual special edition that that declares the artists to watch out for over the coming year, Morgan commissioned these whited-out portraits by photographers Luke and Nik, creating an experimental and disquieting set of covers that immediately catch the eye.


Paul Jung — @pauljungdiary — is an Australian photographer, represented by Artist & Agency, based in New York. Today we take a closer look at the man behind the lens and into Paul’s exceptionally captured Instagram collection, that features a consistent minimalist aesthetic throughout. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? The work is about removing layers form the world around us, to find a common denominator among all of us. The remaining content is left bare to evoke feeling within, a sense of liberation and emptiness are my preferred palettes. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? My work environment has a bird’s eye view over Manhattan as well as the open sky. It allows me to remove myself and see the bigger picture every morning. My daily ritual consists of removing everything around me that is unnecessary, which I find is the only way for me to concentrate before my work begins. When and how do you decide to take a photo? After it has time to swim around in my mind over a good period of time. Taking the actual photo is essentially the last chore that happens. What is your favourite quote on minimalism? ”Perfection...


Maria Van Nguyen — @vnyen — is originally from Oslo and born to Vietnamese parents. She is currently based in New York where she studies fashion design at Parsons, and works at the fashion house Acne Studios. Maria also runs a beautifully curated blog where she celebrates and discusses minimalist fashion. Today we explore Maria’s Instagram and gain an insight into how her superb collection has come about. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? Minimalism is not only an aesthetic pleasure but a lifestyle. I’m attracted to things that are serene and calm, but somehow bold in its own way. On the other hand, it’s important that things are real and untouched so every now and then there will be photos that might not be the most minimal. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? New York is a busy city where you can always go somewhere to find inspiration if you need it. Still, I tend to shy away from any disturbance and surround myself with clear and open spaces that breathe instead. It keeps my mind at ease and makes it easier for me to focus. Other than that I like to surround myself with...


Melitta Baumeister’s White Collection is a play on light, texture and shape. The main focus of the collection is a strict minimal palette of white, which is adhered to with rigor. The collection is a combination of oversized and exaggerated cuts and drapery that seem to use the human figure as a hanger, more than the focus. The fabric is the centerpiece, the adorned is the accessory. Originally from Germany, Baumeister recently graduated from Parsons New School with an MFA in Design and Society. Her work embodies the minimalist spirit and her discipline to the discipline is courageous and beautiful. This collection has been beautifully captured by UK photographer Paul Jung. Currently living and working in New York City, she is definitely one to watch. Photography courtesy of Paul Jung.


Marion Krumphuber — @graphitree — is an Austrian and Vienna based multimedia designer and blogger. She runs the minimalistic visual journal, graphitree.com and is currently studying History of Art. Today we gain an insight into her remarkable collection of Instagram photographs, dominated by a clean, clear and striking aesthetic. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I’m inspired by many things: art, nature, music. In summary my inspiration is life itself. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? As a visual person surroundings are very important to me. Many of my photos were taken in my apartment where I am free to create my own view. But I also think that my state of mind is just as important as my surroundings, since creative processes are connected to emotions. When and how do you decide to take a photo? If I like the moment I’m in, I capture it. What is your favourite quote on minimalism? “Less is more.” — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Would you like the opportunity to have your minimalist Instagram collection featured? Please use the hashtag #minimalissimo on any photo you capture.


Ina Jang is a photographer from Seoul, South Korea, and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is incredibly delicate, making use of strong graphical shapes and achieving superbly elegant results. Jonas Cuénin from legendary magazine Camera has described Ina’s work as being somewhere between fashion and fine art, at the junction of photography, drawing, graphic design and sculpture. Since graduating from the city’s School of the Visual Arts in 2012, her work has been exhibited internationally and published extensively. She’s been nominated for numerous awards, including Print Magazine’s 20 Under 30 and Flash Forward 2011.


Timothy Baga — @timothybaga — based in New York city, is currently working at fashion house Reed Krakoff, and is a visual enthusiast with pure love for graphic, timeless, sculptural form. Prior to Reed Krakoff, Timothy spent four years at Calvin Klein house where he was deeply influenced by reduction in the postmodern era. Outside of his full-time work, Timothy collaborates and creates striking imagery with his photographer and fashion styling partners. And it is this striking photography that we take a closer look at today. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I am inspired by art, architecture, fashion, motion picture and music, as well as geometric and graphic sensibilities. I am also fuelled by the power of light and shadow, the marrying contrast of black and white with select grey infusions. I am passionate about the future without completely disregarding the past, so I do my best to capture daily: My minimalist photo collection is a visual tale of my everyday trails. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? A monochromatic landscape allows me to be organic and live effortlessly. Color can be distracting, so I constantly surround myself with black and white ideologies — this...


Rachel Keeley – @haussmith – is a London based mid-century and Scandinavian modern enthusiast currently working on putting together her own mid-century furniture and home décor collection, which she is looking to launch in the new year. Today however, we gain an insight into Rachel’s superbly captured Instagram that I am sure will inspire many of our readers. What is the inspiration behind your minimalist photo collection? I’m very much “a place for everything and everything in its place” type of person. I take solace from the neat and orderly and appreciate the sense of calm that can emanate from a clutter-free space. I try to ensure these philosophies and elements are evident in my photos. How does your surroundings impact your creativity? With two young children, my home is never as clean and tidy as I would like – indeed, when it comes to the small people I frequently have to shelve my “a place for everything and everything in its place” mentality! So attempting to create a sense of order among the chaos of toys and related paraphernalia can be extremely therapeutic and help spark my creativity. When and how do you decide to take a photo? I’m...