The ‘Eco-Warrior’ (self-portrait 2)

What is, in South Africa, the general conservative perception of an environmental activist ? We recently discussed with a group of friends and acquaintances. That’s not very positive. Some conservative minded people regard them as ‘queers’, ‘softies’ or as people who live of welfare, etc. (sounds like an American president candidate). Some kind of a ‘poof’ so to say. And that inspired me to make a self-portrait imagining that I am the ‘eco warrior’ in the general ‘narrow-minded, perception. Indeed; a bit of a ……

The mainframe picture is the sky, filled up with a self-portrait, plants/flowers from our garden and the horse I shot at the local riding school.

Self reflection of yesterday

Yesterday we had an educational tour in ‘Die Kop’ (‘The Head’) five km outside our village. Die Kop is an informal settlement where the ‘less fortunate’ (hate those expressions) are living. The settlement lacks of proper sanitation, medication, education and many more -ations. But in 2004 ‘Black’ and ‘White’ took the initiative to start improvements; beginning with pre-primary education and that story you can read here. Very touching and heartbreaking once you’re there to see it and hear the stories….. These moments makes me realise how priviliged I am. Life is not in balance for there are so many inequalities and with that, although working hard on it, I am not (fully) in balance either. Are you?

Metaphoto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Better 1 bird in your hand than 10 in the sky” is an old Dutch metaphor now used in a ‘metaphoto’.

The mainframe picture is that of the Klein Rivier Bergen (‘Little River Mountains’) that shape the horizon of Stanford, South Africa; the village we live in. Added are 1 hand and 11 birds…. Still not perfect but photography and photoshopping are one eternal learning curve…

 

Romancing the Flowers

Clarissa, one of the ‘girls’ of the Stanford Hotel, likes the outdoors. She has romantic feelings towards flowers; especially the fragrance of the maroon honeysuckle makes her dream in Flowerland. Oh… yes… and she loves doves for these birds are the messengers of peace of mind, she says.

Bird Control

I needed 15 different elements (birds, plants) and the mainframe is the sky. All pictured items as is (no additional photoshopping as saturation, etc.) and pictured with a Sony A77VQ with Sony 18-55 mm and Sigma 70-300 mm lenses. All pictures made in and from our garden in Stanford, South Africa.

Beef it up South Africa

 

The South African meat industry promotes its products with the slogan “Beef it up South Africa”. Well …. here is our contribution from Stanford, Western Cape..

The mainframe picture is that of Stanford’s main Victoria Street taken from the cross with Moore Street. The cows are true free range ones from the nearby farmers/farmworkers community Papiesvlei. Photo’s (RAW-format) made with Sony A77VQ camera and processed with Photoshop.

The first attempts

Starting a new ‘career’ at the age of 61 is a challenge but I like challenges especially the ones people advise me not even to think of it… And this challenge is one of these.

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’: