Friday, 19 December 2014

Scott Irvine & Kim Meinelt | Vietnam


The cover of Scott Irvine & Kim Meinelt's book had me fooled for a moment because I thought it was an ancient collodion processed photograph; but then I noticed the modern plastic chairs.

I chanced on Vietnam, the self-published book by this husband-wife team, on my Facebook feed and because of its wonderful aesthetics, I wanted to have it featured on my blog. Although I've been to Vietnam leading my photo expedition-workshop just this past September, I still miss it and this book eased the itch a little bit.

Vietnam consists of over 90 photographs in that country and neighboring Laos, and these are made entirely with an iPhone.

I settled back, adjusted my monitor and "flipped" through the book's pages, savoring each one...a combination of street photography as well as travel photographs (markets, ethnic markets, etc), and tried to pinpoint where they were made. Perhaps my imagination is on overdrive but I thought I recognized one of the two young women in white on the book's page 6. I photographed her -or someone like her- wearing an identical outfit in a coffee shop in Ha Noi's Old Quarter.

Scott Irvine and Kim Meinelt live in Brooklyn, and have been photographing as a husband wife team for about 4 years under the name "Waxenvine". Both photographers for over 20 years, they've been using film cameras and traditional darkroom techniques. They have both recently been featured on Instagram,  on The Selby, and have self published 3 photography books together from past trips.

Scott graduated with a BFA in photography and sculpture from RIT in Rochester NY. He currently works as a freelance photographer in NYC.

Kim attended the North Carolina School of Arts with a degree in set design, scenic painting and photography. She works at Eileen Fisher and holds the tittle of Creative Concept Director in NYC.