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.
… in our own Private Gallery together with many other images. From May/June onwards some of these (if still available) and others from my collection will also be exhibited in several art galleries throughout South Africa. The official opening (for invitees only) is scheduled for the first weekend of April. The gallery is open on appointment. Contact details and road directions (map) are in this link.
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. 😉
Sunshine; lightshine, roadshine, moonshine and the sunshine of my life.
There are many things that shine.
Sunrise in Napier
A picture developing itself ….. (still not completed)