There are many stories about the “Red Bike” of Stanford and as South Africans are good story-tellers don’t believe all although the best stories are always composed around a truth. The Red Bike hangs at the corner of the Caltex building at the entrance of the village and yes; I’ve been decorating the wall with bike a bit with ingredients nearby which makes it all more colorful.
My name “Herman” originates from the old German word for ‘Lord of the Warriors’; hence this self-portrait. The ingredients, besides myself, are a few cacti from our own garden; the bush baby where we cook our outdoor meals in and the top of the horrible telecom tower in the middle of the village (Stanford, South Africa). As mainframe photo I used an early morning one just outside the village.
“Attack of the pollen” is the title of this elementary poster.
It is made from one mainframe picture (sunrise with gate) added with some ‘cut’-flowers at the bottom and ‘refined’ pollen in the sky. It is Spring in South Africa and quite a few people are allergic for pollen. As usual; all items are pictured in Stanford, South Africa.
Photography always has been some kind of a hobby and with modern software tools it’s relatively easy to manipulate and I like to manipulate. A few weeks ago I purchased an iMac with Adobe Photoshop and started to explore a complete new world and will continue to do so. I make photographs with a Sony A77VQ; a deliberate choice of a stubborn person who ignored the advise to either buy a Nikon or a Canon camera. And yes; I like this camera very much and it does exactly what I want it to do.
While experimenting with photoshop and after the first attempts I choose for cartoon like posters meaning that I use one mainframe natural picture that I fill up with all sorts of elements (hence the name ‘elementary posters’) that tells some kind of a story. The featured picture is composed of a mainframe of the original entrance of the Robert Stanford Estate, here in Stanford, South Africa. Added are a silk flower, a plastic Buddha figure with a mobile telephone and a multiplied bee. All elements ‘Made in China’; just wondering if also the future of our nature, like the Western economy, depends on China….
In times to come we hope to develop a business (GreenC Productions) that sells this kind of posters online or maybe even some media are interested to publish them. We’ll see… If in the meantime somebody is interested in purchasing a poster just send an email to green -at- mail -dot- co -dot- za as mentioned at the left bottom of all pictures. All pictures are made in Stanford, South Africa; a wonderful village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai in the Western Cape. The file sizes of the original posters are somewhere between 200 and 300MB (depending on the number and sizes of elements) but we can format them in PDF. The file size makes the posters suitable for wall paper…..
At last but not at least the runner up of the featured ‘Made in China’ picture. This one is named ‘Alessi in Stanford’: