Paper is a photographic series by Los Angeles-based artist Nicholas Alan Cope. According to his biography, Cope’s most recent work ‘focuses on abstraction and viewer perception’. I think these photographs are strikingly beautiful and reflect sophistication in form and composition. His work makes me think of the photographic experiments of László Moholy-Nagy, especially his work with light modules, in that they both play with our perception of scale.
By no means does minimalist mean a fear of colour. Photographer Grant Hamilton (Iowa City, IA, USA) isn’t afraid of it either, judging by his polaroids. Colour just bursts out of his photos. This is especially true for his Geometries series, in which he zooms in on some very mundane objects, finding beautifully geometric shapes. Hamilton scans his polaroids and blows them up to a larger prints, which he sells at his web shop. Worth a look!
This series of portraits, started in early 2008 was an instant success. Sharon Montrose is a photographer with a passion for animals. The portraits features the animals on an empty slate, which brings out something that we don’t normally see in these beautiful creatures. These photos really brings warmth to my heart. They are now also available for purchase!
This photographic series is titled Sign Out by Poland-born, Düsseldorf-based photographer Josef Schulz. I assume that these photographs are found abstractions: Newly constructed signage that has yet to be adorned with typography and graphics. Captured in this incomplete stage, these photographs look equally surreal and futuristic, and our attention is turned away from the function of these objects to a heightened consideration of form and colour. Update: As Maarten suggests in the comments, these photographs are more than likely digitally manipulated. Seen in this light, the work’s title is literal. Sign Out refers to a removal of graphics in an attempt to reduce or minimalise what already exists to its most basic form.
(This is one of a series of two posts) Dieter Rams is a fan of Naoto Fukasawa’s approach to design. Japanese product designer, Naoto Fukasawa focuses on the relationship between people and objects and their surroundings. “My job is to determine the outline of an object and to design something that fits right into it.” Mr. Fukasawa explains. The “Outline” is an exhibit of 65 photographs by Advertising photographer Tamotsu Fujii of 114 of Naoto Fukasawa’s product designs. “I take photographs as if I were looking at a piece of scenery or at a sculpture.” says Tamotsu Fujii. Like Mr. Fukasawa, Tamotsu Fujii enjoys stripping away product features and finds hidden shapes in an entirely different light. He almost obscures the identity of the object itself so design does not get in the way. The minimalist agenda. Something obvious yet almost invisible.
The interaction of light and shadow is fascinating. Shadows captured by the lens of Vangelis Paterakis evoke dreams of shadow and light with elongated shapes and softness of lightning. It’s a rare technique. With his Shadow Light creation, Greek photographer, Vangelis Paterakis captures human bodies in motion under the light. He builds contrast between the background and subject. The figures become expressive and recognizable when the real and the abstract appear side by side. He is almost trying to withdraw the attention from the subject to only project their soul. A cool detached and conceptual aspect of humans. Does a photo need to tell it all? Minimalism seems to have resolved this.
A while ago, there was some global competition, and the prize was supposedly ‘the best job in the world‘: island caretaker in the Great Barrier Reef. And although I am very happy for the guy who won the prize, I’m afraid that someone else has the real best job in the world: Iwan Baan. Baan is the photographer of the starchitects: Rem Koolhaas, SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, and many more. The Dutch photographer is sent around the world to shoot their latest works, such as the CCTV tower in Beijing, and the Bird’s Nest olympic stadium in Beijing. So what makes Baan’s work so special? In a recent NY Times article I read the following, which I think says it well: Mr. Baan’s work, while still showing architecture in flattering lights and from carefully chosen angles, does away with the old feeling of chilly perfection. In its place he offers untidiness, of the kind that comes from real people moving though buildings and real cities massing around them. For Minimalissimo I have selected a few photos of Baan’s extensive portfolio, but make sure you check out Baan’s website for more architectural goodness.
Miami-based photographer Robert Barrocas has some great minimalist work in his portfolio, wrapped in a lovely minimalist website. His work shows nature at its most peaceful: seascapes, waves and cloudy forests. I have selected some of my favorites here, but please do check out his website – Barrocas is donating 50 percent of all sales to the Red Cross, to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Lovely work, great initiative!
Kevin Saint Grey is a photographer with a minimalist aesthetic. He says: Painters decide what to put into a work. Photographers decide what to leave out. In an way, his images are understimulating. This has the effect that you tend to ‘fill’ them with a little bit of yourself. Or, as one of his followers says in a testimonial: “I get lost in them.” I have collected just a very small sample of his work here; please do check out his full portfolio on Flickr or follow his blog. And in case you’re interested: prints can be purchased directly through the artist.
Once in a while I have to get up real early; to catch a plane, or to get some work done. And every time I leave the house at that early time, I am struck by the beautiful calmness of the morning. The air is refreshingly cold and humid, and the absence of noise makes you hear every sound. The photography of Michael Kenna has a similar effect on me. In the introduction of one of Kenna’s many books, photo critic Kohtaro Iizawa says it well: [Kenna's] images invite us into a silent world, depriving the viewer of the noises, one by one, with which the world is filled. I appreciate that.
Heavy metal, as the wide body jets are known, is the ultimate achievement in engineering and design. Aircrafts are a symbol of how vulnerable our highly technological society has become. Jeffrey Miltstein has always been dreaming about flying an airplane. He became intimately familiar with aircraft design, and at the age of 17, he received his pilot’s license. In his portfolio he explores a typology of the varied cruciform shapes of jet aircraft flying precisely overhead as if frozen in space. To express the complexity and beauty of form he decontextualized these highly detailed photographs. He has created true art of the airplanes.