Blue

It’s not the Danube but the Klein Rivier (Little River) that streams along my village. BTW from the past I never seen a blue Danube (only on pictures) but ‘our’ river is now and than blue depending on the color (temperature) of the sky … 😉 When there is no wind or water coming from upstream the river becomes like a mirror. Time for meditation and self reflection.

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Imaginary: Nguni "Ina 099" confronted with herself

Sometimes (sometimes more often) I’m confronted with myself and not just by looking in the mirror. I’ve got my (nasty ?) habits and not everybody likes them. It’s healthy to be confronted with yourself; even if it does not always suit you at the time and place. Self-reflection is like body-building but that for the spirit…. When I was picturing Nguni cattle the other day I was just wondering how the difficult (very stubborn) ‘model’ Ina 099 would respond to a confrontation with herself … See also previous post.

Let’s see.

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Imaginary: Nguni “Ina 099” confronted with herself

Sometimes (sometimes more often) I’m confronted with myself and not just by looking in the mirror. I’ve got my (nasty ?) habits and not everybody likes them. It’s healthy to be confronted with yourself; even if it does not always suit you at the time and place. Self-reflection is like body-building but that for the spirit…. When I was picturing Nguni cattle the other day I was just wondering how the difficult (very stubborn) ‘model’ Ina 099 would respond to a confrontation with herself … See also previous post.

Let’s see.

nguni1

Graphics in Black & White and in F/C

I’m not a graphic designer neither do I have the ambition to become one. But I love graphics for it can add a dimension to a picture.

 

The first image (imaginary) is that of the small ‘location’ (also named ‘township’) “Die KOP” just outside our village. South Africa is a Black & White country with some grey areas in between. Die KOP consists of approximately 40 to 50 shacks and five different families live there peacefully together in good harmony. There is no decent sanitation within this location and water has to be collected a 100+ meters away at the pre-primary school (fully privately funded and exploited by NGO Food for Thought in co-junction with parents of the community). People live of occasional jobs and seasonable work and are happy with what they have although there is ambition to make more out of it.

The second imaginary is that of a self-portrait or self-reflection. There are always more sides to a story and the same applies for humans (who tell the stories). I’m not an exception and looking into the mirror every now and than is not a bad habit. And I like colors and nature. Graphics (in this case manipulated natural objects/photographs) in the background can emphasize the idea behind it. I must admit (again) that I’m not that good in it but at least trying hard….

Graphics in Black & White and in F/C

I’m not a graphic designer neither do I have the ambition to become one. But I love graphics for it can add a dimension to a picture.

 

The first image (imaginary) is that of the small ‘location’ (also named ‘township’) “Die KOP” just outside our village. South Africa is a Black & White country with some grey areas in between. Die KOP consists of approximately 40 to 50 shacks and five different families live there peacefully together in good harmony. There is no decent sanitation within this location and water has to be collected a 100+ meters away at the pre-primary school (fully privately funded and exploited by NGO Food for Thought in co-junction with parents of the community). People live of occasional jobs and seasonable work and are happy with what they have although there is ambition to make more out of it.

The second imaginary is that of a self-portrait or self-reflection. There are always more sides to a story and the same applies for humans (who tell the stories). I’m not an exception and looking into the mirror every now and than is not a bad habit. And I like colors and nature. Graphics (in this case manipulated natural objects/photographs) in the background can emphasize the idea behind it. I must admit (again) that I’m not that good in it but at least trying hard….

Reflections (2)

Referring to yesterdays posting herewith another self-reflection. The thumbnails below tell you how this picture was compiled. Simple but with severe troubles with inverse/refine to get it exactly right. From left (mainframe) to right (last addition) how I fitted it all together. For the colour edition of the cropped self-portrait I had to choose first the layer of the mainframe picture before I could ‘hide’ it a bit.

 

And with the second thumbnail from the right as mainframe added with a inversed/refined picture of a bird in the water (see thumbnail at the bottom) plus the same bird picture filtered plus inversed/refined resulted in this ‘quicky’:

Self reflection of yesterday

Yesterday we had an educational tour in ‘Die Kop’ (‘The Head’) five km outside our village. Die Kop is an informal settlement where the ‘less fortunate’ (hate those expressions) are living. The settlement lacks of proper sanitation, medication, education and many more -ations. But in 2004 ‘Black’ and ‘White’ took the initiative to start improvements; beginning with pre-primary education and that story you can read here. Very touching and heartbreaking once you’re there to see it and hear the stories….. These moments makes me realise how priviliged I am. Life is not in balance for there are so many inequalities and with that, although working hard on it, I am not (fully) in balance either. Are you?