Special editions

Arja Hop & Peter Svenson

Laurel, Laurus nobilis

Arja Hop & Peter Svenson

Laurier / Laurel, Laurus nobilis, Oude Haagseweg, Amsterdam Nieuw-West, 2015 © Arja Hop & Peter Svenson

The Oude Haagseweg runs along the edge of Amsterdam, towards Schiphol. Beside a ditch where there are also lots of alder trees there is a laurel hedge with shiny, leathery leaves. In July this hedge is in full bloom; its white flower clusters give off a strong scent and also, as you can see, a transparent red pigment. We made two photograms, in order to show the whole flower clusters as well as the delicate individual flowers. – Arja Hop & Peter Svenson


Special edition

Arja Hop & Peter Svenson
Laurel, Laurus nobilis, Oude Haagseweg, Amsterdam Nieuw-West, Flower, 5002, 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 Laurel
Oude Haagseweg, Amsterdam Nieuw-West

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.