MEET THE MAKER: MINH T // THIS MINTY MOMENT April 06 2016, 2 Comments
Today we caught up with Los Angeles based photographer and graphic designer Minh T, also known to his 80K+ Instagram followers as This Minty Moment.
Weekend By The Edge Of The Ocean by Minh T @thismintymoment
Minh's minimalist aesthetic is, for lack of a better word, mesmerising! His Instagram account literally stopped our Insta-stalk dead in its tracks! We were immediately lost in his feed, stuck in a vortex of visual stimulation! We were instant fans and decided that we had to work with Minh for our next collection!
LA based Photographer Minh T @thismintymoment
The way Minh embraces simplicity in such an original way is inspiring. The pattern play of architectural lines, his escapist landscapes and skyscapes, the Californian desert motifs and his strong grasp on the play of light and shade creates a visual tapestry of gems.
No Straight Lines Here by Minh T @thismintymoment
For our latest collection, FREYA, Minh's Pink Cloud print was the perfect anchor of escapism for Bedroom Pack I, and clean lines of the Hide & Seek print for the Living Room Pack provided just the right amount of contemporary edge and wanderlust. Art always plays an important, if not the most significant, basis for curating every collection, and Minh's work was integral to capturing the escapist and dreamy look of FREYA.
FREYA Bedroom Pack I, featuring the Pink Cloud print by Minh T, an Australian exclusive to Nathan + Jac.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CREATIVE BACKGROUND…
I have always been a creative soul, for as long as I can remember. Growing up I loved to draw, paint and take photos. I tried to fight off my creative urges and got "practical" college degrees in engineering and architecture. However, in the end, my creative destiny was inevitable as I ended up building a career in a design after all. I currently have my own graphic design studio catering to the luxury lifestyle market, primarily for fashion and interior design clients.
Mejico Moderno by Minh T @thismintymoment
WHAT LEAD TO YOUR VENTURE IN PHOTOGRAPHY?
I have always taken photos as a hobby but everything changed with Instagram. I opened a personal account about two years ago, just to post photos of my daily life and to follow friends and family. At the same time, I created a second account under the alias @thismintymoment. (Minh T is my name, thus "minty"). I didn't tell anyone about this account, so being anonymous I felt free to just create without any perceived judgment. For This Minty Moment I wanted to create a fantasy world of intriguing places, of light and air, of beauty and purity.
Rhythm Nation by Minh T @thismintymoment
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I'm inspired by the possibility of something that is mundane and neglected, but somehow shows its true beauty through a different perspective. The bulk of my work is to discover new photography locations that have not been used extensively. So I love to drive around the city and try to find buildings and spots that have been forgotten or neglected. I love finding that diamond in the rough, just waiting to be discovered.
Hide & Seek by Minh T @thismintymoment
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
My signature style is about purity, contemplation, and timelessness. Once you distill a scene to its own essential elements, you can find its beauty in light, geometry or mood. I love the idea of creating an image that could belong in the future, or the past.
A Geometric Encounter by Minh T @thismintymoment
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOUR PRINTS FROM OUR LATEST FREYA COLLECTION, 'PINK CLOUD' AND 'HIDE & SEEK'?
Pink Cloud was one of those unplanned fleeting moments that I was not prepared for. While on an early evening walk, I noticed this vibrant sunset and immediately grabbed my camera and started shooting. Only minutes later, the cloud had moved away and the sky darkened. I love how that captured moment now lives on in a life of its own in a photograph.
I'm often inspired by architecture and I often look for buildings that are either unvalued or ignored. Hide and Seek was taken at such a location. I also love to incorporate a human component into my architectural images. Not only to give a sense of scale but to also add an element that tells a story and completes the image.
Hide & Seek by Minh T, an Australian exclusive to Nathan + Jac, featured here in the Freya Living Room Pack.
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT SELECTING THE RIGHT ARTWORK FOR THE RIGHT SPACE IN YOUR OWN HOME?
I think artwork can elevate any space and provide that extra dimension of mood and poetry to a room. Artwork can provide an instant colour palette and help a room appear finished. However, what matters most is that the art should have a personal connection with its owner because the life of the artwork can last beyond interior design trends of the moment.
Plus One by Minh T @thismintymoment
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD?
I love to travel and experience new places around the world. Although I often realise that my favorite place is at home, relaxing with my partner and my two dogs on the patio. We live in Southern California where the weather is always warm and we can pretty much live outdoors.
Nature Bedazzled by Minh T @thismintymoment
WHAT’S ON THE CARDS FOR THIS MINTY MOMENT IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS?
I'm planning to make photography a prominent part of my work, eventually doing that full time. I am thrilled that my work is now available to a larger audience online and I hope that will continue to grow in the future. On the personal side, I am planning more travels. Upcoming trips include Spain, Italy, and the UK. Perhaps Asia, Australia or Morocco might be next!