The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

Today we ‘did’, as last year, the Baardskeersdersbos Art Route; an event organised by all residing artists of Baardskeerdersbos; a hamlet somewhere in nowhere in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. There are 14 artists living is this place but they invited colleagues from elsewhere to co-participate so we lost count of the total number of artists. We did not intend to see them all anyway for that would have been too much. We were impressed by some of the works of photographer Kali van der Merwe (especially the insects) and surprised by work of ‘guest artist’ Leli Hoch. The sculptures of Niel Jonker (see one of the pictures) we knew already but work (paintings) of Amanda Jephson was new for us. Liz van de Berg we met before and this artist makes an art form of fresh fish, i.e. she inks them for an imprint on paper.

Baardskeerdersbos is out of the ordinary; even the landscape is different or is it me?

CV Enriching

Just got a nice CV-enriching email in from one of my clients.

A quote: “It is a wonderful opportunity to have made the acquaintance of such a brilliant photographer who has created for …….. an equally brilliant blog … the 30 something wordpress comments in my inbox this morning bear testimony to this!”……

It just made my day!!!  Co-incidentally it’s also my Birthday 😀

I’m happy!!! So happy that I don’t add a picture to this post ….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Not so difficult this Weekly Photo Challenge Nighttime. Not so long ago I made a night walk through our village with my camera in hand. I hate flashes and other artificial lighting equipment for the photographer. Night scenes I like to picture as is and how I see it; as simple as that. Sometimes I adjust the white balance and sometimes not.

The centre of the village (and as usual the highest spot as the village borders a river) is the Dutch Reformed Church but there are also some restaurants, historical buildings and a worldwide ‘highly acclaimed’ antique shop (The New Junk Shop). Well see for yourself.

A stroll through both sides of the village

The first day of this month I had a stroll through both sides of the village with good friend and colleague Annalize Mouton. ‘Both sides’ I mention because 20 years after ‘Apartheid’ there are still barriers between the different cultures. Anyway Annalize published an extensive report on her blog ‘Portrait of a village‘.

The stroll was a challenge for both of us and not some kind of silly competition (as some people thought); the idea behind it was to photograph the same subjects with each individual view of things. Annalize is a traditional photographer (‘educated’ by her “Old School” husband Maré) while I like to see the more quirky side of life (hence the ‘twist’ -not always noted- in some of my more ‘traditional looking’ images). Usually I picture subjects with which I have some affinity. The challenge of this occasion was to picture also less interesting things. An example is the Anglican church at the Village Green. Annalize ‘complained’ that she was never able to picture it to her full satisfaction. Indeed; it’s not easy to photograph this (sloppy restored) historic building in the way every photographer would like it. I’m not satisfied either with the result but succeeded, as we were passing by, to ‘snap-shoot’ the filtered sun through the ‘bell-tower’.

Well; here my part of the 3 hour stroll: