African Feet

This picture (exhibited at the UNESCO  exhibition ‘The invisible visible’ in Oslo, Norway sometime ago) say a lot about Africa.

For me it’s a meaningful picture.

And it was shot by co-incidence. What happened? I did a model shoot. In between the model polished her nails (and spoiled a bit – enlarge the picture). After that the stylist started working on the model’s face; out of boredom I just made a shot of her feet. And they tell a story, don’t they?

 

Portraits of Evelina

A photo-shoot I recently did for my wife. Model: Evelina. Yesterday I published the B&W images (which I prefer). Here some colour pictures. Post-processing with McPhun IntensifyPro, -Tonality and -Aurora plus a bit of Photoshop and more bits with LandscapePro and PortraitPro.

Photography and Social Media

For one of my social media clients I recently did a photoshoot during Mother’s Day. The idea was that the pictures would be published on their blog before the extended buffet lunch was over. That was fast work and hurrying up during photo processing. The result however was great. Within 12 hours after the blog post (with automated links to other social media accounts) went online there were almost 800 hits of which around 90% originated from Facebook and 95% from South Africa. In the meantime, a week after, the number of hits has more than doubled. Not too shabby for a local business. BTW; on FB it was shared on 6 or 7 other pages.

But I do wonder: although most to the blog visitors clicked on virtually every picture most of them did not click the ‘like’ button on FB…… 😀

The Village Museum

Recently I had a photoshoot in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in the Western Cape, South Africa. Easy going models = hassle-free work + time-saving so we had an hour to quickly pop in the ‘Dorp Museum’ (Village Museum) in Stellenbosch. It was four years since I’d been in that place but it is certainly going downwards with this town with unreadable  signage and street names (or none of them all) and staff of the tourism bureau that had never heard of the museum (the fourth one ‘knew about it’…). Still the museum is there with ‘coloured people’ (seemingly cheaper than white staff) presenting themselves as colonial housewives and honestly; they did an excellent job in keeping up appearances 😉 .

I made some shots and virtually all (the ‘spooky’ one at the end is in colour) I processed them vintage-style.

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A Play with Beth

In the previous posting Beth is showing off the 3-piece prom-dress her grandmother made. During this short Sunday afternoon photo-shoot session I made some additional portraits just for the sheer fun of trying out different processing techniques. I also worked on a few pictures of the previous blog submission.

Do NOT hug a Tree in the Southernmost Forest of the African Continent

T_DSC0523ree huggers are a rare breed of the human race. They hug trees, seemingly unaware of damaging (even killing) the life of the bark of the tree such as mosses, epiphytes and fungi that have a lively mutual beneficial exchange with the tree. Especially in the ‘Platbos‘ (meaning ‘Flat Forest’) near our village which is the Southernmost remains of a forest that covered South Africa’s lowlands for millions of years. Five million or so years ago a climate change (less rain, increasing average temperature, etc.) caused a change towards fynbos and savannah grasslands. All those details can be found in the mentioned link.

Recently I scanned the forest for an upcoming photo shoot with a complete team including stylist, make-up artist etc. and photo model; Just to find the right spots for the right pictures and I was amazed by all kinds of details I noticed on my walk through this 40 hectare large canopy-forest. And I made some snap shoots during my hike but I’ll go back for more one day or a week…

‘Platbos’ is owned by  ex-Capetonians Francois and Melissa Krige. Strangely enough it seems that not many local people know about the unique character of this biome right on their doorstep but visitors and camping guests from far and far away know to find their way.

At the edge of the forest is a Cretan Labyrinth made of snail-shells (huge ones….)

Oh .. for the tree huggers amongst you; the pamphlet of Platbos is very explicit about bee swarms living in tree hollows and also mentions puff adders  and tree snakes (poisonous snakes). 😉