German designer and self-taught photographer Maik Lipp (b.1973) takes a clean, graphic approach to documenting the modern metropolis. The featured series Mixed Minimal isolates the beauty of lone architectural elements, which are, in reality, taken from narrow and often cramped buildings from the overdrawn, globalised city. Based on a longstanding passion for topographical symmetry, Lipp’s practice finds symbiosis in the space between geographical realities. Although using real projects as the basis – Rotterdam Centraal; Neuer Zollhof (Gehry-Bauten), Düsseldorf; the Citroen Building, Paris; and the Pavilion of Portugal being but a few examples – each composition is stripped back to a showcase of concrete, glass and metal. The congruent materials that make up 21st century spaces are represented as bold, reflective structures that encroach on the skyline, moving forwards, both thematically and literally, into the organic atmosphere. www.userdeck.de.
Into the Wilderness
Melancholy and, at times, tied to a Romantic sensibility, Isabella Ståhl’s images communicate the desire to return to the notion of home.
With a bold and undeterred vision, Kesley McClellan and Michelle Maguire’s series pairs colour-coded styling with icons of fast-food Americana.
Working in both photography and filmmaking, Robert Harding Pittman questions the difference between what is deemed to be nature and what is natural. Through his image-work he considers the contrast between manmade constructions and organic growth, exploring whether humanity controls and interrupts evolution or is just part of the process.