Recently I became inspired by a blog post of Laura Macky in which she revealed that her bathroom also functions as her photo studio. I was very uninspired that day but that changed immediate after reading about her high heels. Well the combination of high heels and bathroom brings quite a few associations to the surface. My one was that my feet (I do a lot of bare feet walking 😉 ) needed some attention. Why not spoil them in a foam bath? And so I did and took my camera with me. Maybe the Toemailers are now also into bathroom toes (?) 😉
Welcome in my temporary studio!
Aldous Huxley once wrote ‘Doors of Perception’ in which he described experiments with hallucinating drugs. Last week we made a trip to the hot and dry Little Karoo in South Africa and when I was looking through the pictures today I made some associations; one of these was ‘Doors of Perception’, another the classic movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. And I love peacocks …..
It’s a bit of a tricky image but the reality is on display in our garden. Especially visiting women notice this combination of two cactus species and they are not shy about it; some are even measuring the columnar one…. (47.8 cm I heard).
But there is more to it. If you look to plants or in details of plants (like stamens) you undoubtfully have associations; especially using some imagination. That makes plants such fascinating objects to picture.
Between April 2000 and July 2011 we restored and extended the historical gardens (with oldest cactus, anno 1910, of South Africa) of Soekershof in Robertson. We ended up with an outdoor collection of over 2500 different species of succulent plants including cacti; by far the largest collection of its kind in Africa. And we had to market this place against the known heavily state financed and subsidized botanical gardens like Kirstenbosch in Cape Town.
One of the slogans to attract people was “Everything you always wanted to know about ……S – E – X ….. between plants but never dared to ask“
Visitors from abroad could not find the way and asked to local tourism bureau. Says the representative of this bureau: “Don’t go there. It’s all p – o – r – n – o – g – r – a – p – h – y in that garden”.
We never complained about it; it was the best mouth-to-mouth advertisement.
P.S. I’ve used spaces and lines between 2 words in an attempt to avoid search machines to pick these and to avoid unwanted visitors of this blog and the obvious spam.
P.S. 2 I used Photoshop to move the two barrel shaped cacti 10-15 cm just for a better composition.