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 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Fashion Issue 19 Camille Tanoh Camille Tanoh found his niche working for Pierre Hardy and Paul Smith. Now he’s blazing a path for the next generation of French designers. Design Issue 19 David Rager David Rager, co-founder of design firm Weekends, shares his tale of LA and Paris and how he makes time for life’s little distractions.