Scrolling through photographer, stylist, and art director Benjamin Holtrop’s work with its stunning minimalist aesthetic, one would like to think that his home is perhaps more representative of the spaces we all live in: cluttered and full of tchotchkes, filled with the ever-present tumbleweeds of life.
No such luck. Unless you count the top of the washer and dryer. But those would be behind a closed door. And maybe the kitchen cupboards. But again: it is a disorder hidden away.
“Environments and home mean a lot to me and so I tend to keep things pretty put together just because I like to,” Holtrop chuckles.
This focusing on what is most important in his home life, leaving out whatever distracts, is a sign of Holtrop’s overall desire to tell a focused narrative in his images. The look and feel of his brand is very minimal. He achieves this aesthetic in his photos by following one simple rule: to remove whatever does not contribute to the concept or narrative. With such a judicious application of his photographic philosophy, it is surprising to find out that Holtrop first pursued a career that is has little in common with art: nursing. Following in his mother’s healthcare path at a liberal arts university which required a wide variety of coursework, it was in a drawing class that he felt the creative pull.
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