A Photo-Graphic is basically a photo (or photo-collage) with added textures and digital in-painting/drawing. And yes; when the Earth trembles the old comes up.The Return of the Dragons — Studio 98
Studio98 (link opens in new window) is where my wife Yvonne de Wit and I live and work. It’s also accessible for visitors. Here you see Yvonne’s handmade jewellery that she designs herself and makes from scratch. It are all original designs and she is the only one (as far as we know) who makes jewellery of South African Sterling Silver combined with natural bonded earth minerals and pigments. See for yourself.
Photo models: Nina, Sheila, Maryam and Rachel
(Ode to my wife Yvonne de Wit who designs and create original jewellery from treasures of the South African Earth)
“The moon is bland in colour. I call it shades of grey … And to find orange soil on the moon was a surprise.” Gene Cernan, astronaut, Apollo 10, Apollo 17
When artist Yvonne de Wit came to South Africa from her native Netherlands, it was with an open mind and with what became a growing fascination in the different types of rock and soils that the southern part of this great and diverse continent had to offer.
Through experimentation, she discovered that grinding diverse stones and pieces of rock found in different locations, offered up extraordinary colours, unusual ‘dusts’ that, when framed in silver, produced jewelry that reflected the land in a very different way.
Ideally, one needs to handle each piece of her collections to see, understand and appreciate the skill with which she works. Consider her chandelier earrings, for example. The artist explains that she picked up stones, ground them finely and then felt they would work as three ‘pendants’ from the ear. But they needed to balance. If one looks at the final pieces, one will see how delicately, intricately and exquisitely each hangs, individually, from a tiny common point. They are not soldered together; each of the three pendants somehow hangs perfectly in place. And in harmony with its opposite piece on the other ear.
For the artist, this says something about nature, and our place in it. How, ideally, our relationship with soil, air and water should be in perfect balance. How delicate that relationship is. And what surprises the dust of the earth harbours for us, despite our many preconceptions. Like the astronaut who expected shades of grey on the moon — and found orange. While Yvonne has an innate connection to the soil beneath her feet, she recognises that water has an inevitable and appealing connection. During whale- watching in Hermanus one year, she was fascinated not just by the creatures themselves, but also by their habits. The result? Her finely crafted ‘whale’ pendant. No, it is not the animal itself she has re-created (although many might think so). The artist was entranced by the very fine combination of water and air, expelled from the blow-hole as the whale rises to the surface and exhales. Yvonne has captured a moment essential to life on earth — exhalation before inhalation.
Clouds lit from beneath
Here comes the Sun
Lifestream of the Earth.
Earth and Heaven
Two Trees Tango
Earth and Heaven
Two Trees Tango
This is about Earth; this week’s photo challenge. I’m not a doom thinker but looking at the contemporary (contradictory) environmental and population developments the future of the Earth hangs in a cloud of mist. Still beautiful though!
Once upon a time there were many, many working windmills in South Africa, pumping water from deep below the surface or the earth. Many are still there standing without a purpose but as part of a past era. Some are still working like this one at Vaalvlei near our village.