Mrs. Jones loves her coffee

deli44One of our neighbours, Adrienne Jones, loves to drink her coffee in the company of friends (I call them the ‘Mahjong Brigade’ for they play Mahjong) in the Coffee Corner in our village. Her picture (left) is one of a series of ‘Candid Portraits’ I published in this blog during the past month.

Today a compilation of the ones that got the most ‘likes.

 

Initiation without the butcher

_DSC1443This post is a bit out of the context of this blog but I have to get rid of it. Just read it as some kind as ‘Thought on a Sunday Morning

If you look into all kinds of remarks on social media it’s amazing of what people write about themselves. Sometimes it’s the biggest nonsense that gets the most ‘likes’.

There is this guy, I know, who is a master in fooling his ‘friends’ and ‘followers’. He is in diverse social media under different names. Honestly I have something against people with different ‘aliases’. That on its own indicates some kind of multi-personality-disorder’.  The funny (?) thing is that he is believed by his audience. He would be a great car salesman I think. And to avoid misunderstandings; I’m not jealous!!!

Let’s say that he is Harry and Jerry to keep it simple for these two examples (but there are many more):

‘Harry’ is an art-photographer with a small snap shooter with front shutter. Nothing wrong with the equipment (he makes beautiful pictures every now and than) but if you live in a dusty area with gravel roads and nearby a beach you can expect that dust/sand can damage the front shutter during windy conditions. So one day he made a picture of a friend and the shutter got stuck in one or another way; resulting in a picture (on its own a nice one) of a portrait with an aura. But now the story. It’s all about magic and the miracle that overcame him when shooting this picture of this ‘tree hugging woman‘ in an ancient forest. Never had such a laugh; especially when I found out that he had to buy a new camera (the one with the aura was the camera’s last breath).

This week however I was even laughing louder. This time it was Jerry responding to a posting on Facebook “….. You know that I’m trying hard to be a Buddhist ….” etc., etc. And I thought: Well Josef (let’s say that this is his real name 😉 ) isn’t it time to cut the crap, sell your Mercedes (won’t be that difficult for you), fill your rug sack with dried fruits and so on, go and sit for 3 weeks or so in solitude on the mountain top (clouds and dew with provide you with water)? It’s like a tribal initiation but than without the ‘butcher’. Maybe, only maybe, than you will come to your inner self Josef or whatever your name is…

I rather stick to ‘friends’ and ‘followers’ with less blah blah blah. But who am I?

P.S. You might wonder why I’m a ‘follower’ of this person who I know fairly well. Very simple: in my heart I believe he is a truly nice guy who sees the beauty in his surroundings and experiences. He truly cares about people, is an excellent writer and so on. In conversations we always have a good laugh, etc. But I just don’t like it when certain people pretend to be different as who they really are. Speaking for myself I will never tell/write a story and pretend it really happened; the least I would do is mentioning it’s fiction, a fairy tale, a novel or whatever. There are already too many spin doctors out there. It also says something about the ‘believers’ . I’m astonished about the lack of critical ‘absorbing’ and interacting of those ‘believers’ …. And now I come to think of it I’m Laughing Out Loud (LOL). A good comprehensive read for all working with social media is this article about ‘netiquette’ or ‘online etiquette’.

The little rocker

Lithops are an amazing genus within the plant family of the Aizoaceae. These little suckers are also named living stones and you’ll find many of them in Southern Africa. If you search for them along the banks of the Orange River near Aurabies Falls in the Northern Cape it might be that you are walking on them so much stone-alike they occur in nature. The one in the pot is a gift from one of our plant friends and we look after it as we’ve grown it from seeds ourselves. There are more local names for this ‘little rocker’. What about ‘Bok Voetjies’ (Deer Feet) or ‘Baba Boudjies’ (Baby Buttocks)?

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Pictures from the square yard 9: Store Cafe; your best friends

The Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt made a living by observing from his ‘own’ chair and table on a terrace in Amsterdam. He wrote about objects he saw, about people and interaction between them, the sky, the weather and so on. And his stories never became boring; he could even write five or six pages about lightning a sigaret; between taking a match and the first inhale of smoke…

I became inspired by this when sitting on two terraces; one in Somerset-West (Store Cafe) and at the terrace of Thandi in Elgin. I made a selection of 20 images (10 of each venue). Each serie I begin the  gate and you may make your own story. My story is in each individual picture.

To provide this serie with an own signature I added HDR-toning to each picture.

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Happy Birthday Card

Every now and than I compose a new Birthday card for our Facebook-friends. I just did it again. For the first image I applied the mask feature of photoshop. The second imaginary I made last year and served as ‘ground material’ for the first.

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