On the Road ….

From Hermanus to Home-Sweet-Home in Stanford this afternoon. For esthetic reasons we took care for a power cut at Pig’s Snout (waterfalls).

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Moment on the road along the lagoon


_DSC6424_DSC6429This posting is dedicated to Ray Fausel who shows us so many landscapes in Maine, USA. In August 1986 I was briefly (2 days, 1 night) in this state and I regret that I did not stay for longer. Thanks Ray for sharing all these beauties!

Masks and a Sculpture

Saw these on the Saturday Market in Hermanus last Saturday. It’s a very diverse market with everything between food stalls and wine and plants plus art. Worthwhile to visit every now and than. I wasn’t sure how to process the picture of the sculpture and am in doubt which of the two processed images to choose. That’s why I publish both of them. The choice is yours._DSC5225 _DSC5211 _DSC5211nr2

The Saturday Market

Some 40 years ago I accompagnied the famous Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken on the cattle market in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Bois le Duc). I was allowed to carry his bag. In oneandahalf hour he shot 1000 pictures (4 rolls of 250) with his camera with motordrive and after looking into the contactsheets in the dark room only 4 were in his critical eyes “suitable to work with” …. Van der Elsken used a 300mm lens to shoot images of weather torn faces of farmers and traders and their bidding (hand clapping) and that morning I learned one thing from him: “There is no public place where people are so themselves than on a market”.

When I was browsing this morning on the Saturday Market in nearby Hermanus I could vividly remember his words. From 3 different locations on this lively market I kept on shooting people (and a few goods). In total 211 shots of which about 120 were deleted on the spot and the rest was, briefly and by far not as critical as Van der Elsken, selected in Photoshop. If I look into the pictures again next month or so I doubt if there will be any left for the archive….. Van der Elsken also learned me something else: one of avery 250 photo’s is worth working with. And until so far in this photographic journey he’s proven right…

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Dhunga Earthworks Jewelry ‘Made in Stanford’

This is just a first trial; more Trial & Error to follow.

Yvonne developed a way of binding earth particles in a natural environmental way. Combined with Sterling Silver and Swarovsky gems Yvonne creates jewelry under the ‘brand’ Dhunga Earthworks. And it’s selling (wholesale and retail via The Little Gem in Hermanus). Dhunga is Nepalese for Rock.

In due time she wants to market the jewelry via selected outlets on a global scale. But first she is busy with the creation of a new line of bracelets and necklaces. Prices of the different items vary from USA 50.00 to USD 300.00.

Packaging is ‘green’ and made of cotton and corrugated cardboard.

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Dhunga Earthworks Jewelry 'Made in Stanford'

This is just a first trial; more Trial & Error to follow.

Yvonne developed a way of binding earth particles in a natural environmental way. Combined with Sterling Silver and Swarovsky gems Yvonne creates jewelry under the ‘brand’ Dhunga Earthworks. And it’s selling (wholesale and retail via The Little Gem in Hermanus). Dhunga is Nepalese for Rock.

In due time she wants to market the jewelry via selected outlets on a global scale. But first she is busy with the creation of a new line of bracelets and necklaces. Prices of the different items vary from USA 50.00 to USD 300.00.

Packaging is ‘green’ and made of cotton and corrugated cardboard.

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Eyeset

The Sunset in the Stanford Valley inspired me for this imaginary:

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The ‘elements’ used are those of an informal settlement nearby (right), the cat of Matjiesfontein, a flying heron, my first photo model Karuna, her eye and a beach boy from Hermanus.

Toes from a different perspective

Recently I submitted some pictures of toes I shot during a stroll along Grotto Beach in Hermanus, South Africa. Today I did some simple photoshopping resulting in these  imaginaries. All have a hint of surrealism.

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