Nature has always been an essential subject for photographer Romain Laprade. Growing up in the French countryside, he found sources of inspiration in the landscape that surrounded him. When he moved to Paris, he explored many new subjects that caught his interest. But one—architecture—was especially compelling. Now, accompanying a photo essay that combines nature and architecture, Laprade says: “I’m drawn to plants in offices and buildings because nobody cares about them. The plants provide a contrast to the sturdy aesthetics of architecture. While the plants are no more important than the environment in which they are present, I want to portray them as the focal object of the image—shooting portraits of plants.” — Romain Laprade is a French photographer, based in Paris. Click here to see more of his work. TwitterFacebookPinterest Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 41 We’ll Always Have Paris The clichéd capital of comparison. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Cult Rooms: Galerie Maeght Galerie Maeght: The shape-shifting gallery where the greatest generation of French artists got its start. Arts & Culture Issue 28 David Uzochukwu A proliﬁc photographer comes of age. Arts & Culture The Photographer in the Garden Gardens have provided powerful inspiration for Man Ray, Mapplethorpe and a million hobby photographers. Arts & Culture Issue 27 Day in The Life: Ramdane Touhami Once homeless on the streets of Paris, entrepreneur Ramdane Touhami now presides over some of the city’s finest addresses with his beauty empire. Arts & Culture Issue 27 Aida Muluneh Three questions for the Ethiopian photographer.