Since completing his MFA in photography, video and related media at the School of Visual Arts in 2012, photographer Ryan Koopmans has already worked with the likes of Mercedes-Benz and leather goods brand Montblanc. However, his interest in photography stemmed from a desire to pursue an architecture career. “While applying to various architecture programs, I had to involve photography in my portfolio process,” Koopmans says. “It was then that I found out. Making pictures inspires me more than architecture.” Now, based in Amsterdam and New York City, the photographer creates work with a strong emphasis on composition, inspired by the patterns, repetition, saturation and geometry of architectural landscapes. What keeps his interest anchored in a photography career? “Freedom to travel, constant interaction with interesting people and multiple, fast-paced assignments,” he says. “That’s what most attracts me to photography.”
This Romanian artist infuses wanderlust and folk art into her illustrations.