The ‘Eco-Warrior’ (self-portrait 2)

What is, in South Africa, the general conservative perception of an environmental activist ? We recently discussed with a group of friends and acquaintances. That’s not very positive. Some conservative minded people regard them as ‘queers’, ‘softies’ or as people who live of welfare, etc. (sounds like an American president candidate). Some kind of a ‘poof’ so to say. And that inspired me to make a self-portrait imagining that I am the ‘eco warrior’ in the general ‘narrow-minded, perception. Indeed; a bit of a ……

The mainframe picture is the sky, filled up with a self-portrait, plants/flowers from our garden and the horse I shot at the local riding school.

The 'Eco-Warrior' (self-portrait 2)

What is, in South Africa, the general conservative perception of an environmental activist ? We recently discussed with a group of friends and acquaintances. That’s not very positive. Some conservative minded people regard them as ‘queers’, ‘softies’ or as people who live of welfare, etc. (sounds like an American president candidate). Some kind of a ‘poof’ so to say. And that inspired me to make a self-portrait imagining that I am the ‘eco warrior’ in the general ‘narrow-minded, perception. Indeed; a bit of a ……

The mainframe picture is the sky, filled up with a self-portrait, plants/flowers from our garden and the horse I shot at the local riding school.

Metaphoto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Better 1 bird in your hand than 10 in the sky” is an old Dutch metaphor now used in a ‘metaphoto’.

The mainframe picture is that of the Klein Rivier Bergen (‘Little River Mountains’) that shape the horizon of Stanford, South Africa; the village we live in. Added are 1 hand and 11 birds…. Still not perfect but photography and photoshopping are one eternal learning curve…

 

Bird Control

I needed 15 different elements (birds, plants) and the mainframe is the sky. All pictured items as is (no additional photoshopping as saturation, etc.) and pictured with a Sony A77VQ with Sony 18-55 mm and Sigma 70-300 mm lenses. All pictures made in and from our garden in Stanford, South Africa.

Beef it up South Africa

 

The South African meat industry promotes its products with the slogan “Beef it up South Africa”. Well …. here is our contribution from Stanford, Western Cape..

The mainframe picture is that of Stanford’s main Victoria Street taken from the cross with Moore Street. The cows are true free range ones from the nearby farmers/farmworkers community Papiesvlei. Photo’s (RAW-format) made with Sony A77VQ camera and processed with Photoshop.

Self-portrait

My name “Herman” originates from the old German word for ‘Lord of the Warriors’; hence this self-portrait. The ingredients, besides myself, are a few cacti from our own garden; the bush baby where we cook our outdoor meals in and the top of the horrible telecom tower in the middle of the village (Stanford, South Africa). As mainframe photo I used an early morning one just outside the village.

Attack of the pollen

 

“Attack of the pollen” is the title of this elementary poster.

It is made from one mainframe picture (sunrise with gate) added with some ‘cut’-flowers at the bottom and ‘refined’ pollen in the sky. It is Spring in South Africa and quite a few people are allergic for pollen. As usual; all items are pictured in Stanford, South Africa.