I stumbled upon Claire Droppert’s work when I was browsing for wallpapers for my desktop. I found her wallpapers to be of absolutely simplistic elements with a very creative vision – something which I love a lot in my wallpapers and other things too.
Soon after, we got in touch with the photographer herself, and she was very kind to give us a small interview for CrispMe!
You can also get in touch with her on the following websites (go say “hi!”, she’s really an amazing person):
Q1. Good day, and thank you so much for taking your precious time out for this interview. We appreciate it greatly. Can you tell us a little about yourself? And why you got into photography of all the things?
And thank you for having me! My name is Claire Droppert (also know as @claireonline), 36 yrs old and living Rotterdam (The Netherlands). After my study Graphic Design in Rotterdam, I worked at several communication agencies as a graphic designer. It’s the passion for photography that took me to another stage in my later career. Beside my regular activities as a graphic designer, I also became more specialized as a photographer. I found out that I love the challenge to merge these two disciplines together.
Q2. Most of your work have an amazingly simplistic approach; especially your landscape and water-scape shots. Do you find simplicity to be more appealing and challenging to take? Or is it just that they the locations you shoot are simple enough?
Thank you! I think the use of a simplistic style was essential to capture the distinguishing silence I witnessed in all these places. This way I could focus on the characteristics of a certain place, without being distracted by other elements.
Q3. Can you guide us briefly through your post-processing. We’d love to know just how much works goes into the post-processing once the photography has been shot and put into the computer.
That depends on the image… I do most of my editing in Adobe lightroom and Photoshop, combined with different software tools. I love editing and exploring new techniques. I usually know what kind of result I’m looking for, and use whatever will get me there.
Q4. One of the things everyone (including our readers) would like to know are the tools of the trade. What equipment do you use on the most regular basis?
I mostly use a Canon Eos 5D mark II, in combination with my favorite lens, a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8. For my landscapes I use a lot of filters as well, like polarizing, UV and neutral density filters. And I wouldn’t leave without an extra pack of batteries, a tripod/remote and my Iphone.
Q5. Every artist/photography comes to a point where they feel uninspired and just fed-up. How do you tackle the ‘artist block’ in your mind to re-inspire yourself, and where does most of your inspiration come from?
I can be inspired by anything actually: from people to places, stories and music. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by many inspirational people. I’m a fanatic Instagram user, a community where I find a lot of inspiring fuel as well. Not just from my own area, but from the most desolate corners of the world. I love that!
Q6. Do you wish to explore other genre in photography as well? Such as: fashion photography, conceptual, and many others. Or do you wish to be perfect in what you do at the moment.
I love exploring new genres. I’m constantly inspired by all sorts of new possibilities in photography. But it might be even more challenging for me to broaden my horizon and weave in other disciplines next to photography :)
Some more amazing shots after the jump! Be sure to check her website/Twitter out for more such amazing stuff.