African Renaissance

All pictures in this blog are ‘imaginary’ and this one is no exception; it’s my own interpretation of ‘African Renaissance‘. I’ve kept it to our own environment here in Stanford, South Africa. Though on first sight ‘dull’; come to live the life here to discover a wonderful and inspirational village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai in the Western Cape. The mainframe picture I’ve used before. It’s the original entrance of the Sir Robert Stanford Estate along the R43 that connects us with both mentioned towns. I changed the surface of the road into more authentic gravel from the nearby Papiesvlei Road. The sculptures are ‘borrowed’ from Fraai Uitzicht 1798 in Robertson and the rest (birds -Stanford = ‘bird capital’ in South Africa-, flowers, etc.) all from our own garden.

Matjiesfontein in one portrait of a village

Remember our recent road trip off the beaten track  (‘the real South Africa journey begins >100 km beyond Cape Town’). One of the places we (me and Yvonne) visited was Matjiesfontein and the most valuable memories we’ve composed in one portrait of a village. Most impressive for us were the wind pump and the entertaining family on the station. But also local guide Geert Jan Teunissen on the piano in the local pub is in our hearts. Matjiesfontein is a museum village build, in the 1880-thies around a train station along the railway that connects Cape Town with Pretoria. The present owner has conserved the village and surrounding farms to the way it was a 100 years ago. All pictures taken and processed with the equipment as described in the ‘gear-page’ of this blog.

First Trial Adobe Illustrator

This morning I started for the first time with Adobe Illustrator. After Photoshop not too difficult to work with (commands, etc.) although it must be said and written that the Adobe tutorials on the web need some serious improvements. One pays a lot for this software isn’t it? Well anyway we started with an own template made in photoshop and distilled from an Old Man’s Beard cactus (see thumbnails below main picture). Added some recently made pictures/photo-manipulations and text. Indeed; I still have to practice a lot but I’ve tasted a bit of the possibilities in the ‘interaction between photoshop and illustrator. And that was this morning’s goal; nothing more!

Portrait of a Cat ready for Battle

A cat has many characteristics and this picture tries to tell about one of these. The cat is from Matjiesfontein and the rest is all from our garden and the rest of Stanford, South Africa.

Sculpture Dressing 2

As a follow-up on yesterday’s posting here some additional sculpture dressings. The sculptures we ‘stole’ from the gardens of Fraai Uitzicht and also the first backgrounds (3 and 4 respectively Stanford and the N1 near Touwsrivier) but the rest is entirely from our village.

Sculpture dressing

Last week we photographed some sculptures in the garden of Fraai Uitzicht 1798 and today it was time to dress them up a bit with ‘bits-and-pieces’ from our garden. It could be a faerie tale. All pictures taken with a Sony A77 VQ; some with the Sony 16-55mm lens and others with a Sigma 70-300 (macro) lens. The editing today with Adobe Photoshop CS6 on the apple iMac MC812 if that means something to you.

On the Road in South Africa

This week we made a road trip via Matjiesfontein, South Africa’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ (even South Africans have to discover this little gem) and Barrydale, to Robertson. In Robertson we did some maintenance in the cactus garden we created last year at Fraai Uitzicht in the Klaas Voogds area; Klaas Voogds East to be more precise. This is one of the rare guesthouses in South Africa where owners and staff succeed in adding an extra dimension to ‘ordinary’ great hospitality. Real Value for money; surely in comparison with the accommodation rates in Cape Town. And now we mention the Mother City; the real South African journey begins 100 km beyond Cape Town. See for yourself. What you see is just an impression and elements from some of the pictures I will use in future ‘Elementary Posters’.

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