“Everything you can imagine is real” – Pablo Picasso
And so are these objects in the lagoon in Stanford, South Africa.
All pictures in this blog are ‘imaginary’ and this one is no exception; it’s my own interpretation of ‘African Renaissance‘. I’ve kept it to our own environment here in Stanford, South Africa. Though on first sight ‘dull’; come to live the life here to discover a wonderful and inspirational village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai in the Western Cape. The mainframe picture I’ve used before. It’s the original entrance of the Sir Robert Stanford Estate along the R43 that connects us with both mentioned towns. I changed the surface of the road into more authentic gravel from the nearby Papiesvlei Road. The sculptures are ‘borrowed’ from Fraai Uitzicht 1798 in Robertson and the rest (birds -Stanford = ‘bird capital’ in South Africa-, flowers, etc.) all from our own garden.
A cat has many characteristics and this picture tries to tell about one of these. The cat is from Matjiesfontein and the rest is all from our garden and the rest of Stanford, South Africa.
“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…
Clarissa, one of the ‘girls’ of the Stanford Hotel, likes the outdoors. She has romantic feelings towards flowers; especially the fragrance of the maroon honeysuckle makes her dream in Flowerland. Oh… yes… and she loves doves for these birds are the messengers of peace of mind, she says.
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.
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.
There are many stories about the “Red Bike” of Stanford and as South Africans are good story-tellers don’t believe all although the best stories are always composed around a truth. The Red Bike hangs at the corner of the Caltex building at the entrance of the village and yes; I’ve been decorating the wall with bike a bit with ingredients nearby which makes it all more colorful.
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.