Recently, I was contacted by German photographer and journalist Cornelia Weber. And today I’m delighted to feature an interview with Cornelia, together with a selection of her beautiful flower images.
Could you tell us a little bit about how you became interested in photography?
As a child, I was fascinated by my parents’ developing equipment for black-and-white films. Times have changed and we’ve slipped into the digital age. But I’m still enchanted by the process of creating and developing a photo. I started as a journalist, producing reports and decoration features for magazines. I worked in a freelance team and my part was the writing. I actually love writing, but my childhood enthusiasm for photography was reignited when my colleague relocated. For the last four years, I’ve been a ‘one woman show’ creating photo productions, mainly of flowers and DIY. I’m passionate about my varied work, the process of transforming an idea into a colourful and lively scene. Working with flowers is a delightful experience for me. I try to highlight the unique character of flowers and to capture their natural beauty.
What type of camera and lenses do you use?
I started with very simple photo equipment. Over time, I’ve invested my fees in upgrading my kit. Now I take pictures with a reflex camera Nikon D300s. I’ve got a few different lenses. Very important for taking close-ups is my Nikkor Micro 105 mm. But my favourite is a Nikkor 50 mm 1:1,4 G prime lens. This lens offers a wide range of depth of focus, especially for creating photos with an intended shallow depth of field and softly blurred settings.
What are your tips for people taking photos of flowers?
Your question reminds me of a sentence I read once: ‘Love had heard that an immortal language never could die; that, although silent, it still slept somewhere amongst the flowers … and which had been lost ever since the day when Eve went weeping from beneath the angel-guarded gates of Eden.’ (Thomas Miller, The poetical language of flowers. 1855) It might seem somehow over-interpreted or esoteric, but I like the idea of a lost flower language. My advice would be to listen to the flower in front of your lens, try to hear her characteristic voice and find your own way of communication. This mental approach guarantees a quite personal relationship between the ‘model’ and the photographer, and thereby leads to an individual and unique picture. Another tip is to keep in mind the combination of colours. You can use cards, like Pantone colour cards, to develop a colour scheme.
What is your favorite flower?
I really can’t tell you which flower I like most. I used to ‘fall in love’ with each flower I was working with at any given moment. One thing I can certainly say is that I’m grateful and delighted to experience, thanks to my job, the changing of the seasons. Each season offers its special appeal and of course a unique variety of flowers and plants. I long for the first tulips, daffodils and cherry blossom in the spring. I can’t wait for the scent of roses and the light blue of delphiniums in June. I adore the abundance of harvest in fall. And I enjoy the silence of winter, with blooms such as fragrant viburnum, hellebores and witch hazel.
Here are some of Cornelia’s wonderful photographs…
Aren’t the photographs just stunning? I love Cornelia’s amazing attention-to-detail and the intricate styling. If you’d like to see more of her work, simply pop over to her blog, which is called Things I Do.
(Images: Cornelia Weber)