Thursday, September 6, 2018

NIEUWOUDTVILLE



A quaint rural village shelters among trees in a rather flat landscape, almost untouched by development. In August, one wakes up to discover a dense mist often shrouding the parish. This gives a ghostly impression to the NG Church made of sturdy blocks of local sandstone and the 100 odd year old construction seems to float airily in the morning light filtering through the trees and grass. We explored the streets where the mist still lingered, slowly revealing the profusion of flowers covering the small holdings while the sound of sheep and roosters calling the sun slowly wakes up this sleepy community.









RIOT OF FLOWERS



Heading out of Nieuwoudtville, we intended to discover its many treasures. It is the “Bulb Capital of the World”, boasting to have over 309 of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s species, flowering in August and September. In our eagerness to see flowers, we were too early on the first cold morning and the warmth of the sun had not opened them yet, but while sipping a coffee, the rusty dusted landscape woke up to surround us with the most vibrant shades of orange. Although it was still too early in the season for the bulbs, a spectacular show awaited us. Very soon, the surprise was dazzling in yellows, pink and white as far as we could see and we absorbed the energy of these vast fields of flowers. 














Saturday, July 21, 2018

FUN AND FAVORITES




We worked hard and we played…
I always believe that Artists need to give themselves the time to play and experiment without letting their judgmental side produce obstacles to the creative process unfolding. It is important to be able to play aimlessly and allow ourselves to discover all manner of useful things on the way to nowhere in particular. Then, when something interesting starts to emerge, it is time to apply our technical knowledge and refine the techniques until the results trigger a strong response or emotion.
We constantly learn from one another and exchange good ideas. I am always excited to see this process happening during a workshop. The presenters throw ideas at the participants who usually are very receptive, run with the new thoughts and produce amazing results which in turn get picked up by everyone and this develops and grows rapidly in many directions. It is very stimulating and I thank you all for reviving my inspiration that resulted in this last collection of favorites.














Friday, July 13, 2018

AUS VISTA WORKSHOP 2018 - "May all who come as guests leave as friends"





Recently JJ Van Heerden asked me if I would help him present the Aus Photographic workshop he has been running in Namibia for many years with the efficient help of Tanya Stergiano; www.photoworkshops-sa.co.za
Happily, in the beginning of June, we all migrated to what was going to be my first workshop on KLEIN AUS VISTA, the magnificent property of the most hospitable Swiegers family and their delightful staff.
The Desert Horse Inn provides the perfect base to roam the pastel plains and guide our group from one photographic opportunity to another, rarely shooting the same subject twice.
Soon enough, the participants arrived and the joy of seeing old friends joining us was matched by the excitement of meeting new passionate photographers. We were fortunate to have had the most beautiful light all week with a couple of seductive sunsets and the pinkest earth shadows to bask in. The variety of subjects we shot ranged from the infamous wild Desert horses to shepherds and their goats, Milky Way, never-ending landscapes fringed with rocky mountains and dunes. Our day trip to Lüderitz saw us taking off in the dark and rain but by the time we reached the ghost town of Kolmanskop, the sun was out and hot. Never before have I experienced Lüderitz and Dias point, where we shot huge waves crashing on the rocks, without a breath of wind!
As a result of JJ’s stimulating new AV on tree montages, we shot trees and more trees and in our exuberance, were about to hug each one too. Our participants got right into the spirit of the Desert photographic workshop and produced exciting and inspiring images in an atmosphere of fun, always encouraging each other to see things from different perspectives.
I am an experienced traveler and workshop presenter with high expectations and I was not disappointed and already look forward to next year when we will take the road up North again.

Following photos taken in the Padda Put area