I’m still engaged in the completion of these two pictures. In the previous 6 posts you have seen some developments but still I’m not satisfied. For the moment I leave them as they are but I’ll work on these imaginaries again sometime in the future.
The images are based on a sculpture of artist Ulrich Riek from Napier in South Africa. His work is exhibited in the Southern Wright Gallery in Cape Agulhas; near the Southernmost point of the African Continent.
Will this be the future??? Although recycling artist Jan Vingerhoets from Baardskeerdersbos is fascinated by it.
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.
Tomorrow we start with the second part of the serie: Thandi; The Gate.
The village we live in is also known as the ‘Bird Capital’ of South Africa with hundreds of bird species of which, in 99.9%, I do not even know the common names. Sometimes it’s better not to know…. But I like to watch them and if the opportunity is there I like to picture them. There is an abundance of water around us with it’s own vegetation where especially weaver birds like to build their nests. These ecological sound structures last a year and are than fully absorbed by the natural cycle and the building materials are sourced and assembled on the spot. Just amazing to see these little guys working hard on their future.
Remember me going to the Graduation Ceremony of the pre-primary school in a nearby location (township) in South Africa? Well here is what I distilled from the few hundred pictures I made. It’s about children and the joy people have despite severe poverty. And also about a community leader as one of the many who made it all possible. There is not much written history about the different tribes in South Africa and certainly not much from books is known to people in communities like this. But they inherited a story-telling culture and history flows in one or another way from generation to generation. Not the history of facts but a history of ancestry and spirituality. Due to influences of modern times the cultural heritage is threatened with ‘uprooting’ leaving people without knowledge about their cultural background and without hope, without future….