While many photographers yearn to tell the stories of humans through their interaction with the environment or with other people, Romain Laprade captures the static stories of spaces. The Paris-based photographer is known to feature the most static nuances found in modern settings. His photography style is distinctive from that of his peers in the way that he chooses to focus on mundane subjects, transforming them into still imagery works.
From staircases, to abandoned lockers, to seats, to office lobbies, Laprade tends to capture mid-century European architecture. He draws attention to details through specific perspectives (mostly portrait), that annunciate their static quality. As seen from his work, Laprade is constantly inspired by the numerous exchanges between the static subject and its environment, inclusive of the way colors, frames, borders, light, shadow and textures interact seamlessly.
Interestingly, Laprade claims to have a love for foyers — ubiquitous objects that are not of much use now, and that pedestrians do not typically notice. A foyer is something that people often pass, yet it is never the destination. These are the things Laprade focuses on: objects that are constantly neglected, but hold their own a particular beauty and uniqueness. In this respect, the photographer sheds light on locations, things, or simply spaces that we encounter on a daily basis, through a cinematic fashion that has a modern, tasteful approach.
“Above everything else, I enjoy to create photographs. It’s an addiction. My eyes find details in which I can meet through long walks in cities. Insignificant details inspire me immensely.”
— Romain Laprade to Noice
Evidently, Laprade captures static subject matters in their niche with the absence of people, creating a calming ambience that seems like these settings are untouched and will forever continue to be that way. While the resulting photos have deep colors and a mixture of organic and geometric lines, they still look refined and minimal — which fits well with the millennial aesthetic trend. By aiming his lens at numerous post-modern buildings, as well as their interaction with nature, Laprade’s photographs ooze tranquility, class and a tinge of quirkiness.
Though “emotionally evocative” may not be the connotations used to describe Laprade’s work, it is undeniable that his characteristic style of photography enhances the nuanced qualities of architectural creations in the most aesthetic ways. Through his photography, Laprade brings his audience along on his journey in seizing exquisite views of the world.
Many thanks to Romain Laprade for press materials.
Written by Ally Chou
“References” Noice (2016), “Spaces” by Romain Laprade, [Online] Available at https://www.noicemagazine.com/interview-and-features/romain-laprade [Accessed 29/06/17] Orton (2017), The still life work of Romain Laprade is anything but static, [Online] Available at https://plainmagazine.com/romain-laprade-photography-interiors/ [Accessed 29/06/17]
Noice (2016), “Spaces” by Romain Laprade, [Online] Available at https://www.noicemagazine.com/interview-and-features/romain-laprade [Accessed 29/06/17]
Orton (2017), The still life work of Romain Laprade is anything but static, [Online] Available at https://plainmagazine.com/romain-laprade-photography-interiors/ [Accessed 29/06/17]