Eric Maillet, one of the most appreciated international photographers of still life and beauty, was inspired by the ordinary bottom of a plastic bottle, the transparency of water and his lens to create a powerful image where to lose oneself.
Plastic Drop combines an element of nature with that of a daily object in a symphonic relationship between form and colour. Nature has always been at the centre of Maillet’s personal research and water, in its versatility, his main source of inspiration. The artist collected an infinite number of plastic bottles from around the world. A natural gesture to preserve the environment and protect it.
He observes the object projected by a ray of light and captures the mutation of the reflection and its aesthetic. Plastic bottle bottoms are transformed with imagination, an illusion tries to identify something recognizable but not comprehensible. The images are oversized to the extreme, and the use of the back light effect, the technique of the black background, triggers a visual suggestion.
The series of monochromes is a succession of colour vibrations, a rhythmic and almost hypnotic sequence. The bottoms become abstract shapes, celestial bodies, precious gems, a kaleidoscope that rotates from shades of red, orange, green, blue, purple to the crystalline effect. Colour is thus an essential element of this collection where the action of light, merging with plastic and water, generates a new appearance to the object.