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." With that idea and combining it with digital media, I took the concept many steps further, to working on select photographs, and by digital manipulation create something entirely different, abstract, no longer a photo but yet working with an inner light contained in those photos to create other works of art.
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.... I take 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 softwares: 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. 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.
Years ago I worked in my own painting studio. In the summers, while not in graduate school-- I was teaching art classes in the local arts center, working on commissioned work and delivered many projects in stained glass and paintings, and I designed a major restaurant for a local business man. Now, 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 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, the Orangerie 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.
I work on several long term 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 developed into new artistic directions that I am just beginning to explore, as 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...I work on a series of artistic projects and collections with a view to gallery exhibits, and gathering materials for publishing.
I concurrently work on a photographic collection of "Door knockers" that continues to grow, and plans to make it into a book; I have a photographic collection of "Windows," that continues to be refined and from it, other projects may develop.
I currently devote much time to taking some of my photography works several levels further and create artistic pieces of abstract art digitally, as well as digital etchings and watercolors. In a sense, with the emergence of the digital media, digital photography and the evolution of softwares and ability of increased computing powers, I have come full circle, back to being an artist as I started out originally, but with more depth and breath and deeper insights that help me and inform my art. This time, I paint less with paint and brushes; I no longer work with a press and copperplates, or a stone and acid and a bunsen brenner to make etchings--I have learned to use my computer and refine my artistic techniques to fashion digital art and prints.
My work is free lance and by select 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; 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. In the late seventies, art classes in Columbia, Missouri and several semesters at the American Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago preceded several more semesters in Fine Arts at UT in Knoxville, combined with literature and philosophy, and I received a BA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Equally curious about philosophy, psychology and history---- I decided to use my language skills and pursue 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 ...
Agora Galleries, NY., represent my work and serve as my agents.
I have 2 upcoming exhibits featuring my art work, scheduled in New York in Fall 2014 and 2015.
-- I frequently travel to Europe, Germany, Italy and France and I photograph and collect materials for publications and books.
I sometimes take special orders and work for clients by commission:
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