The average wildlife photographer is always under guidance of a game ranger. I don’t like that. Sometimes one has to take a calculated risk. So I went to observe a lion somewhere in South Africa. It’s rare that I publish fully processed photos on the internet. This is one of my exceptions: My all time favourite King of the Jungle.

World’s top wildlife photographer Laurent Baheux inspired me not to be afraid. Click on the portfolio link of his website.

All in B&W/monochrome

 

(Golden Hour)

A conventional photograph is a two-dimensional image of a three-dimensional reality. In my (landscape) photography I always try to add my own ‘third dimension’. The average person still looks at it as a two-dimensional image but every now and then there is somebody who looks beyond it. Last week a woman from my village replied to one of my photographs: “…I don’t know enough about photography to comment, actually…..but you seem to get this amazing, molten, liquidy metallic thing going in your pics…and I love it!…”

It just made my day!

In addition to serving as spouts for water in ancients times, the gaping mouths of gargoyles evoked the fearsome destructiveness of these legendary beasts, reminding the laity of the need for the (Roman Catholic) church’s protection. A previous owner of this house added them to keep evil spirits out.

Original photographs in black and white. Did some reduction so that only the outlines were left. Next I added textures and elements from other pictures plus coloring in-painting and drawing. The end result is what I call ‘photo-graphics’.

Only 1 framed print (60 x 40 cm) per image available at Private Gallery in Napier, Western Cape, South Africa.

The exhibition of my work recently in Baardskeerdersbos (which was extended) has a great spin-off. From 26 November to the beginning of 2017 my work (Haiku Photography and Gargoyles) will be exhibited in the Breytenbach Art Gallery in Wellington; one of the most fore-standing art galleries in the Western Cape, South Africa.

For next year I received several enquiries and I still have to make a selection (some galleries ask a commission of 50 to 70% and that is out of the question). Guess that at the end  there will be around 4 more exhibitions of my work in 2017. And that is more than enough. 😉