The Yoga Teacher, the Blue Sea Moon and Ernst Haeckel’s Pitcher Plants

I wanted to make some yoga art with a difference and asked beautiful Cape Town based yoga teacher Shelby Kleynhans (@yogi_shelby) to send me some yoga pictures and ideas to work with. She told me that she had a special affinity for the moon, the sea and anything blue. So I masked out the background from one of her pictures, stood her on the ripples of a wave covered beach, framed her within a giant crescent moon and placed this all beneath the galaxy high above.

 

The Yoga Teacher and the Blue Sea Moon

The Yoga Teacher and the Blue Sea Moon

Later I was inspired to do some overlay work using Ernst Haeckel’s wonderful images: you’ve maybe already seen her as a mermaid stepping out of his illustrations for ferns and corals in my other post The Yoga Teacher, the Mermaid and Ernst Haeckel. This time I’ve placed her as a carefree mermaid strolling through a forest of carnivorous pitcher plants. They are clearly no threat to her!

 

Shelby strolls through Ernst Haeckel's Pitcher Plants

Shelby strolls through Ernst Haeckel’s Pitcher Plants

This is a new photographic direction for me to follow. Overlaying my own imagery and classic work to create new pictures with inspirational people like Shelby and Meagen. It is something that I want to do more of so if you are reading this and want to collaborate (either online or with a photoshoot) please get in touch roddyfox@mac.com.

The Yoga Teacher, the Mermaid and Ernst Haeckel

The long lockdown has sent me in some new artistic and photographic directions. Here’s a great example. I wanted to make some yoga art with the beautiful Cape Town based yoga teacher Shelby Kleynhans (@yogi_shelby) and asked her to send me some yoga pictures to work with. These I will show you in my next post … because she also sent me some shots where she is a mermaid walking along the beach in Mozambique. That’s where Ernst Haeckel enters our story. I’ve admired his scientific artworks for a long time. They inspired the Art Deco movement and have beautiful rich organic shapes. You can see some of his classic illustrations in Kunstformen der NaturI was inspired to mask out the Indian Ocean background from Shelby’s mermaid picture and replaced it with a couple of whole page illustrations from Haeckel’s works. She looks like she’s stepping out of the pages – I think it’s a lovely effect!

The mermaid in Haeckel's Ferns (Filicinae)

The mermaid in Haeckel’s Ferns (Filicinae)

The mermaid in Haeckel's Corals (Hexacoralla)

The mermaid in Haeckel’s Corals (Hexacoralla)