The work of British photographer Rich Stapleton is a captivating mix of imagery that combines sophisticated fashion editorials, minimal interiors, monochromatic portraiture, and still lifes. Much of his inspiration is drawn from art and the natural world; below, we are privy to his vision, one that is both serene and atmospheric.
Stapleton is based in Los Angeles where he recently moved with his partner, the editor and gallerist Rosa Park. Together, the pair co-founded Cereal Magazine, the stunning travel, style, and design publication known for its signature pared-back aesthetic. Akin to his artistic and creative direction for Cereal, Stapleton’s own work dismisses superfluous glamour, instead portraying his subject matter in as natural a way possible. Working with soft light and muted, tonal color palettes, Stapleton is an expert at pairing material and shape together to focus on texture and tactility. “More so than capturing a literal translation of a scene, I am interested in conveying the mood and feeling of a moment,” he explains. Producing visual work that is both timeless and on-trend is a difficult feat, yet Stapleton’s forward-thinking aesthetic remains both intimate and elegant.