Angélique Droessaert: Artistic Photography Adartphoto.com
"You don't take a photograph, you make it." Ansel Adams
I would add: "You do not take a photograph, you craft it."
I am an artist, a writer, a poet. I operate in the artistic mode in most aspects of my life, from cooking, to writing, to decorating, painting, photography.... When I garden, I paint with colors, fragrance, textures and soul. When I cook I create with a sense of taste and smell and color as well as with my palate. When I compose poetry i hear music. When on a photo shoot I take time to get into the spirit of the moment and the subject. I need time to get to know my subject, be that a landscape, a person, or an object. I look at it from as many angles as I can, analyze color and light and spatial relationships. I try to look for secrets, see the hidden beauty, and play out exploratory scenarios. I use multiple media to fashion a piece of art. Taking a photograph from being just a photograph to turn it into something that is my creation, made uniquely by me, rendering my vision, something that stands out, that makes you look twice and is very pleasing to me and hopefully to others, is a skill and ambition that I continue to refine. I love beauty and prefer to work bringing out beauty or revealing it when it is hidden or passed over. My personal approach sums up seeing BEAUTY in nature, artifacts, travels, every day objects in daily living. I have a particular fondness for textures and history as I witness in old cities: My first love was painting, drawing and working with watercolors. My love of color and textures can be ably expressed with digital photography and my creativity has found new modes of expression with the modern advances in technology in digital photography and post production use of software: Photography translates into the "Art of writing with light," and I write.
I love to share the awe I feel for the magnificent beauty of nature in all its vastness and in its most minute visions, in rich, deep, lush, vibrating color. The inspiration of impressionism combined with observations of vibrant color around the Mediterranean and especially in Florence and Venice in Italy, and along the Côte d'Azur and in the Provence (France) deeply influence my color palette. There is a uniquely different, mysterious and vibrant color scheme all around the Mediterranean and the play of light and shade, their warmth and natural beauty never cease to fascinate me. These locations are also a special place to visit stunning art museums, and the works of the great masters of the Renaissance as well as the more modern works of Renoir, Picasso, Chagall, Matisse seen in their native environment are an inspiration. I also feel a deep connection to all of creation and a reverent awe to the magnificence of our universe. This mystic connection is often found in some of my favorite works and some of my preferred creations evolved because of a meditation on the subject and a transformative experience that was felt and translated into a new way of seeing or feeling.
I currently work on several ongoing projects: “Americana: By the Roadside,” documenting old houses in the South and Southern Landscapes, especially in North Carolina where I live. "Patinas" documents and puts a unique focus on the detail in weathering, natural decomposition, growths, chemical transformations and illustrating the beauty often unseen and unobserved of these rich micro universes. This project became a part of a larger collection titled "Reflections" that started out initially with my fascination of mirroring surfaces such as the waters of a pond, reflections in glass, inside mirrors etc...
Years ago I worked in my own painting studio and it was one of the happiest and most productive artistic times in my life. I was teaching art classes in the local art center, working on commissioned work for a number of years and delivered many projects in stained glass and paintings, and I designed a major restaurant. Through the use of my camera and my vision I create and express the seen, the unseen, and a dream. The last few years I have developed a particular interest in working with my photography and working on new computer and software techniques, taking my photography several steps further to another level of abstract and contemplative art. I visit every museum I can get close too and some of my more recent visits over the last two years are The Philipps Gallery in Washington DC; The Cleveland Art Museum, Ohio; the musée du Jeu de Paume and the Quai d' Orsai in Paris, France; The Mesnil Collection in Houston, TX; the Musée Chagall in Nice and the Musée Picasso in Antibes, France.
My current work is free lance and by commission:
I got many educational, academic and artistic credentials in my background as well: A first education in Fine Arts growing up in my father's atelier who is a well known painter in Europe; then a formal training in Fine Arts, graphic design, interior design. Lots of darkroom experience in B&W. Initially I obtained a professional terminal degree in Fine Arts in Europe, later a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Art classes in Columbia Missouri were followed by courses at the Chicago Institute of Fine Arts and 3 semesters at the American Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. I then saw too many of my class mates getting jobs as waiters or selling phone book ads to make a living---- and decided to use my language skills and pursue the lucrative fields of foreign languages and literatures... A Master's in Modern Languages from UT was eventually followed by a dissertation on Platonic Eros and Beauty and a PhD in Romance Philology and Medieval Romance Literature from UNC, Chapel Hill; Included are some 20 years of teaching College French language and literatures, Spanish, and occasionally Latin and German ... But through it all I am still a poet, a dreamer, and an artist...
Currently, I work on a series of projects and collections with a view to gallery exhibits, and gathering materials for publishing.
--Provence or Tuscany: collection of “Windows and Shutters,” “door knockers” across Europe.
--Gardens, close up of flowers, landscapes etc., are another area of predilection.
-- A cultivated special interest in collecting textures; Current projects “Patinas” “ Reflections” I am exploring with mirrored images, .. I collect these works in preparation for exhibits....
-- I frequently travel to Europe, Germany, Italy and France and I collect series and materials for publications and books. Throughout my work is a search for capturing the beautiful, nature, light, and its effects and reflections on objects, architecture, colors, and man made structures.
I take special orders and work for clients by commission:
-- Special documentation of personal antiques collections, art works, both public and private
-- Create photographic port folios and inventories of art work, antiques, etc; for insurance purposes.
-- Documenting works of art, working with appraisers,
-- Photographic staging and artistic presentation of real estate: artistic view of the details of a house, B&B, hotels etc;
- I also provide services of restoration of old photographs and family heirlooms, and edit/restore, on demand, special family photos.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com