Born between the dykes and below water level in the Dutch village of Beneden-Leeuwen in 1951 Herman van Bon grew into a career in (photo-)journalism.
In 2000 he and his wife Yvonne de Wit (jewellery designer) moved to South Africa where they, in Robertson, restored and extended a historical succulent garden to an outdoor collection of more than 2500 different species and varieties from around the world. In 2011 they sold their garden and moved for a sabbatical to Stanford where Herman got acquainted with digital photography. In July 2014 his selfie and some Overberg landscapes were on view in Times Square in New York. There is a growing interest in his images and imaginaries in the USA and Europe; partly due to the fact that he has existing relationships from his previous career. Only since recently he has started to market his work in South Africa. His first official (and very successful) exhibition was 1 and 2 October of this year during the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route. For 2017 several exhibitions within South Africa are scheduled. Since April of this year Herman van Bon and his wife live in Napier.
About his work
Herman van Bon pictures mainly landscapes and sometimes transforms these into imaginaries and (abstract) ‘Photo-Graphics’. Recently he is also engaged in Haiku Photography.
“I’ve kept my childhood fantasy letting me meander to places off the beaten track and challenging myself to transform these into imaginaries”.
Shooting a picture is not as time consuming as the processing of it. Herman van Bon works with a wide array of software to achieve his desired end result. He creates his own textures and developed a technique of colour- and B&W reduction. The YouTube ‘The Meta Selfie (rough cut)’ provides some insight in his workflow.
His landscapes however hardly need any processing; in-camera settings and being at the right time at the right place.
Abroad his work is represented by Saatchi.
“Wat T.T. Cloete in sy gedig sê is waar: ‘die aarde is deur een dichter gemaak’. Mensen soos Herman van Bon het die gare om dit dmv fotografie vast te lê …. Dankie!” – Awie van Wyk
“The Hieronymous Bosch of the digital era”. – Lizia Nieman (RIP), L’Art Niemaclature
“Absolute fantastic”. – Hettie Saayman
“In the Eye of the Beholder of Herman van Bon is a surprising and lovely image from South Africa” – Review of groups exhibition in LAC Los Angeles in LA-Times
“Herman van Bon has an amazing eye for capturing beauty”. – Kamalini Govender in Tales and Dreams (USA)
“You’re so welcome – I just love the inventive, nuanced, beautiful and surprising work you keep doing. Keep it up!” – Douglas Moorezart
“For the love of BEAUTY …… the photography of Herman van Bon …. this kind of work really hits me so deep that i feel sparks flying inside my head and the inspiration to produce MORE art then just wells up naturally within me. Thank you, Herman van Bon ….” – Johan J. Steyn