My Choice

I don’t reblog the beauty of others on this blog for I want to keep it to myself. But…. I see so many beautiful pictures of others that I really would like to share with the world.

That’s the reason I started an additional blog with ‘my choices’ or photographs/postings of other bloggers. “MY CHOICE” is the name of this blog and it’s my window to the world out there.

Personally I think that some photo’s get far too many likes (including ones I post) and others far too less. The general taste rarely goes beyond the average snapshot(-like) picture or like an extra-ordinary one because of the (PR) story with it. Not too far from the place I live is somebody with a camera with front shutter who publishes his pictures on one of the social networks. Every now and than this photographer has trouble with sand or dust that influences the shutter times etc. resulting in blurred images, sometimes partly over exposed and so on. These images are accompanied with stories a ‘normal’ human being won’t believe but the ‘sheep’ do and his pictures are getting the ‘likes’. He ‘elevated’ himself to ‘Art Photographer’ … well that’s fine with me… ๐Ÿ˜‰

There is plenty of real talent out there; yet to be discovered. This new blog is a homage to all those undervalued photographers and bloggers. Indeed …. I am jealous of you guys!!! An old African proverb says that “Jealousy is an ungranted tribute” but I’m Dutch in South Africa and that’s different… ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Off the beaten track

No photoshopping with this picture although I’ve used elements of it in several ‘imaginaries’. This is South Africa off-the-beaten-track or to be more specific; the Papiesvlei Road near Stanford in the Overberg region in the Western Cape. If you follow this road you’ll see somewhere in nowhere a traffic light (“Robot” in South African English). If it’s red keep on driving and if it’s green the restaurant is open and Henny (the local BBQ-specialist) will make you a delicious Farmers Dish with a real good Steak in the way you like it! And for a price that’s almost pre-historic…. Most tourists behave like sheep and packed in comfortable ‘cattle-buses’ only see (not ‘experience’) the known tourist traps. The few more adventurous travelers see and feel the true inner beauty of whatever country of region they explore. Going ‘nowhere slowly’ ย is most of the time cheaper ย as well…

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Manipulated rural landscapes

I needed 5 different pictures for this composition. The first one is the sky (mainframe) added with the photo’s of respectively the lorry going off-hill; 2 of the cows (one mirrored) plus the sheep. The pictures have one thing on common; they were all made within a radius of 2 kilometers in Papiesvlei nearby our village Stanford, South Africa.

The title I gave the second composition is “Invasion of the Hottentots Gods” and is compiled of photo’s of the Stanford sky; the ‘Grand Canyon of South Africa’ near the hamlet Plathuis somewhere North of Route62 between Barrydale and Ladysmith; the Klein Rivier Mountains (mirrored); herons (left top) from the Storch Hotel in Zurich; a sculpture (twice) from the garden of Fraai Uitzicht plus enlargements of the Hottentots God; a fascinating South African insect worshipped by natives.