Strolling Through Spring Flowers with Photographer & Designer Claire Droppert

Posted on March 11, 2017

Gravity series: Flower Power

We first came across the work of Claire Droppert a couple years ago while browsing through photo magazines exhibiting new and unique work. At the time we had seen her Sand Creatures series and thought it was a wonderfully creative, yet simple concept. Fast forward a year and we began discussions with Claire to exhibit her work at FotoFoam. After a month or 2 of discussions we decided her work would be a great fit with the rest of our collective.

Given Spring is almost upon us we thought it would be a great time of year to sit down with Claire and talk about her flower series, entitled Flower Power.

FF

First off I have to ask: what is it that they put in the flowers in Holland to make them so colorful and vibrant? I mean, they’ve got to be some of the most perfect flowers anywhere in the world!

CD

Yes, it is a truly fantastic sight to see. The array of different colors is stunning, together with so many different varieties of flowers species here as well. I think the rich fertile soil, long seasons and varied weather conditions out on the polders play their part in creating such a spectacle.

Gravity series: Flower Power

FF

Is there anything you’ve notice about flowers while photographing them that maybe you didn’t see before?

CD

I have definitely noticed a whole lot more while capturing this particular content. Photographing the flowers made me pay greater attention to my subject and the details found within it. In particular the colorful petals were prone to scratches or damaging, mainly caused by the weather. So when I began using them, it was important to handle them with great care. Throwing them into the air also displaces small particles of dirt, sand from the ground and sticks to the petals. This can affect the shot, so it is important to choose clean flowers.

Gravity series: Flower Power

FF

Is there a peak time of year you go to photograph the flowers? When are they most vibrant?

CD

They tend to grow from mid-March up to the end of May, but I would say that they are at their very best around halfway through April.

FF

Minimalism is a major stylistic component of your work. Would you describe the Claire Droppert that stands behind the camera as a strict minimalist in her daily life? Or is this an approach that is mostly confined to your work?

CD

I think I have always been drawn to minimalism within images, as well as in daily life. I love simplicity and I like not being distracted by irrelevant things. It probably has something to do with my background in Graphic Design. I have learnt to focus more on details and to experiment creatively within spaces.

Gravity series: Flower Power

FF

How did your style evolve into its current form? Were there certain pivotal moments or transitions along the way that ultimately led to your artistic style in its current form today?

CD

I live in the heart of the city with all the hectic hustle and bustle of everyday life and as a result, I try to develop my photography in contrast to this particular lifestyle. Therefore I love capturing moments that are simplistic, tranquil and maintain the feeling of silence. I feel this style has always been part of me and has definitely become more prominent within my work. It is where my passion lies and it is something I will continue to embrace and evolve over time.

FF

Travel is a major part of your life…so have you found anywhere else in the world that has flowers as beautiful as the ones in Holland?

CD

I do love to travel and it certainly helps me develop ideas and create a new viewpoint. I found great examples of flower fields in France, not too far from home. There you will find the most colorful Lavender and Sunflower fields, stretching for miles across the landscapes of Picardie and Provence. Also in Belgium, where during the springtime the Bluebell forests begin to bloom into a unique and stunning blue oasis. Furthermore, England has a great deal to offer with the many yellow Rapeseed fields and colorful red Poppy fields.

Gravity series: Flower Power

FF

Your work has a way of translating silence into imagery and gives the viewer a comforting departure from the rush of everyday life. How do you create that feeling of silence?

CD

I think it is something you experience and it is definitely a personal feeling. For me it is that special moment where the focus is on a subject that maintains without any distraction. I try to capture and then enhance that by adopting editing techniques that establishes drama and detail within it.

Silence II series

FF

What are all the flowers used for? Is there a special functional purpose for the flowers or are there just more lovers in Holland than in other countries?

CD

The flowers here in the Netherlands are primarily grown for their bulb and are then harvested and sold to other countries around the world. Although this is what happens, we do still love flowers here as well. As a result, they play an important role in our daily lives, since we are surrounded by them.

FF

Another popular subject matter of your work – which also has firm roots in Dutch culture – is the windmill. The windmills you photograph happen to be incredibly photogenic. What is the story behind their prevalence in the local landscape and culture?

CD

With over a 1000 windmills in the Netherlands, they are prevalent within the Dutch landscape. People like and seem to be drawn to their unique appearance and I guess use them as a beautiful feature within the wider landscape. Of course, like others, I like to take images of windmills as it provides a dominant focal point.

Silence II series

FF

Your work has gained notoriety in a variety of news publications and you now have a huge following on Instagram. What is one of the most surprising and unexpected fan inquiries you’ve had since gaining that exposure?

CD

I have had many positive comments and testimonies written about my work. I also have had several people wanting to paint my work and then use it as a stimulus for their creative content. I really think that is an honor and I’m continually flattered that such talented individuals admire my work and want to use it as inspiration for their own work. The biggest accolade and humbling experience for me, is where people show interest and then want to buy my work. Telling me how my work makes them feel positive, calm and relaxed.

Gravity series: Flower Power

FF

What should we expect from Claire Droppert in 2017? Any exciting upcoming projects in the works?

CD

Well…I have lots of exciting things planned and I’m continually working on new projects. There are some great projects in progress and I have many creative ideas I will promote in the future. I guess, just watch this space. 🙂

FF

Limited prints of Claire’s work including her Flower Power series are available for purchase at fotofoamco.com/claireonline. You can also visit her at:

www.claireonline.nl

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