Special editions

Arja Hop & Peter Svenson

Iranian poppy, Papaver bracteatum

Arja Hop & Peter Svenson

Armeense klaproos / Iranian poppy, Papaver bracteatum, Gooiseweg, Amsterdam-Oost, 2015 © Arja Hop & Peter Svenson

The striking red of the Iranian poppy is a phenomenon that has appeared spontaneously for several years by the crash barrier alongside the Gooiseweg in Amsterdam, close to the A10 exit. The verge can be reached from Amsterdam-Oost, so we could study the plant up close and take a number of petal samples. The petals are a deep red, with a black area at their heart. We used both the red and black parts of the petal to extract their pigment. For one photogram we used the seed capsule, the stem and a leaf; for the other we used just a petal. – Arja Hop & Peter Svenson


Special edition

Arja Hop & Peter Svenson
Iranian poppy, Papaver bracteatum, Gooiseweg, Amsterdam-Oost, Bloem, 5030, 2015
C-print (mounted on aluminium)
25,4 x 20,2 cm
Edition of 20
Signed & numbered
1 = € 150
2 = € 300
3 = € 400
4 = € 530
5 = € 650

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‘Botanical alchemy’: from plant pigments to photographic colour fields

Since 2015 the visual artist and photographer Arja Hop (Hierden, 1968) and the photographer and master printer Peter Svenson (Palmerston North, New Zealand, 1956) have worked on their art project Residue Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, on the Amstel river, a city with a characteristically urban ecology in which people and nature live in close proximity and must constantly adapt to one another, they have devoted themselves in recent years to fieldwork. Within a specific geographic area they take samples of the plants growing there and then extract the plants’ pigments, using traditional methods. Hop and Svenson have developed their own method of turning these plant residues directly into analogue photographic prints. Every residue results in a uniquely layered colour tone. Each photograph tells the biochromatic story of a specific plant and location, and it seems that the intensity of the plant colour is strongly influenced by the plant’s living conditions.

‘Spontaneously occurring plants’ in Amsterdam

For their series Residue Amsterdam Hop and Svenson have concentrated on the wild plants that appear at certain locations and spread through the city without (intentional) human intervention. Their project invites us to reflect on the spontaneous presence of plants that are all around, but which we seldom notice. They used an analogue camera to register these ‘weeds’ in black and white, often from a low viewpoint. In their photos the plant is given centre stage; the city folds itself around them.

Finding place of Iranian poppy
Gooiseweg, Amsterdam-Oost

Arja Hop & Peter Svenson / Florachromes: a story of four rivers will be on display from 07.12.2019 to 08.03.2020 at Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography.

The series Residue Amsterdam is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and the Mondriaan Fund.