The Jazz Singer

A week ago I published some pictures of a jazz concert on the blog of one of my clients. I only gave myself 90 minutes to select 12 pictures and process plus publish them on the different social media. It took 93 minutes and the blog post alone got within 2 days more than 600 hits according to WordPress statistics; several tweets plus over 120 shares on Facebook. Not too shabby for a new blog (first post end of January).

Anyway I redid one of the pictures; the one of the South African Lady of Jazz: Janet Marshall.

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Candid Portraits 43: Cheers

According to statistics 30% of the South African population is addicted to alcohol and 8% to drugs. Statistics in this country are not always very precise but it provides an indication. In the Western Cape with the wine producing areas the alcohol addiction is even worse. According to a social worker we spoke a few years ago in Robertson (on of the four main wine producing areas) around 70 percent of the born and bred Robertsonians of ALL walks of life are born with a Phetal Alcohol Syndrome (PAS). Cheers!!!

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Reflection in the Mist

Just saw the statistics of this blog: last night two mile stones the first being 40,000 views (excluding the bloggers who scan through the WordPress Reader) and 1000 likers!!!

And it was misty early this morning …

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Disturbance

A view from my front door. The ‘disturbance’ in this idyllic picture is caused by the fence that surrounds the primary school and its play grounds. A fortune is invested in school security in this country. Wonder if it’s really necessarily here in the village where the crime rate is relatively low (lower than in the average European or American city!!!). And yes, indeed, Stanford is very unlike Cape Town (if you believe in statistics -?- globally with highest murder rate outside war zones) where the majority of people live in shacks and in poverty (but that’s what you don’t read in the travel guides).

Most crime in South Africa is committed within poorer communities and is merely related to alcohol and drug addiction. Another statistic figure (I see statistics as a kind of indicator): 30 percent of South Africans (of all walks of life) is addicted to one or another …

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The Favorit Imaginary

Time to evaluate the interest in my images and imaginaries since I started this blog 4 months ago. According to the WordPress statistics the imaginary ‘Romancing the flower’ is the absolute topper. It was one of the first postings and also one of my favorites; already designated for online poster sales later this year. The most favorite pictures are those of the recent fires that blazed around this village. Especially the helicopter with the bucket flying into the red as a David versus Goliath scored high. The next posting, BTW, is that of an imaginary of this helicopter. The third place goes to an imaginary of my first photo  model; Karuna with a hat the queen of Holland is jealous of.

Back to ‘Romancing the Flower’. This imaginary consists of flower elements and Clarissa (one of the dolls of the Stanford Hotel) against a mixed background of the sunset and elements of nearby Papiesvlei (farm community). Added with a moon and ‘Brigitte the Butterfly’ of Fabrikk Gassenschau; a unique outdoor theatre spectacle in Switzerland.

With the WordPress statistics at hand I also realized that the number of ‘likes’ does not tell anything about the real interest. The likes are only from other WordPress users who are logged in. The real interest goes beyond that.

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