This year I am booked for three exhibitions of my Haiku photography. The first one is in April and time flies. I need to create 12 new ones and I just finished 5. So 4 more to go. The fifth is a triptych (Earth, Wind and Fire) with 4 haikus:
I am seen by name
Several things dance to beat
Warn; Gargoyles here
fathomless waters dark, deep
earth awakes from sleep
the Gargoyle confronts both;
angel and devil
The whirling spirits
try to fire the gargoyle
disappear in air
The Haiku photo’s of the triptych are printed on Fuji 300 gsm paper (A2 size). The others will all be printed on rice paper in A4 size and framed (with passe partout) in A3 sized frames for which I made an own design and looking now for a frame maker who likes a challenge.
The four that are ready:
The Haikus that go with these:
The ancestors voices
The Soul of Africa
I have always been fascinated by mythology. Recently I’ve been reading up about mythology in the bible and this inspired me to create this composite photograph. Mythology is older than the bible and I wonder now if the bible is (partly) build on myths. Mythology is not restricted to one particular culture; it’s a global phenomena interwoven through all cultures. I also discovered that there are different bible versions depending on which Christian religion. For example: Deut 32:33 “Their wine is the poison of dragons” or “…. is the venom of serpents”.
Wether it’s Scandinavian-, Aboriginal-, Venda- or biblical mythology the meaning of the different symbols is the same throughout the different cultures (religions) around the globe.
Eagles (35 times mentioned in the bible), for example, symbolises the good and protection against evil; Owls stand for wisdom but mostly mentioned in a negative context (Leviticus 11:13-19); Serpents/Snakes (44 times in the bible) are evil as are dragons (35 times in the bible). History shows that the bible has been rewritten numerous times during the first 14-15 centuries by the Roman Catholic Church and after that also by its ‘spin-off’ (Calvin/Luther/etc.) churches. The essence of mythology in the bible however remained the same.
For the second photo-graphic imaginary I used elements from Norwegian mythology (Norske Miögatör), which also inspired JRR Tolkien, and added the known Christian peace symbol (dove) which also occurs in native American and Celtic myths. This composite was made for the festivities last September in Tulbagh (Western Cape, South Africa) commemorating the earthquake in 1969 .
“According to Aboriginal legend, emus were creator spirits that used to fly and look over the land. To spot the emu, look south to the Southern Cross; the dark cloud between the stars is the head, while the neck, body and legs are formed from dust lanes stretching across the Milky Way”. – ABC-Net Australia.