Trees – at Space Creative and Culinary on October 28th

I always like to make a mosaic of the images I’m going to show.  So this first picture’s your overview of the 14 images that’ll be up for sale at Space Creative and Culinary, 14 Fitzroy Street, Grahamstown on 28th October.  They’re almost all pictures of trees: Balanites, Baobab, Birch, Cabbage,  Fig, Fever, Hornbeam, Oak, Shepherd’s and Yellowwood.

Trees Exhibition

The first thing you’ll see is that some of them are naturalistic but others are mirrored or overlaid to show their fractal designs.  The four images on the top row are all single African trees pictured against the sky.  I’ve mounted them simply on card and they’re printed on enhanced matte paper – they sell for R750 each.

In the second row there’s the Fig Tree from the Botanic Gardens in Grahamstown on the left hand side and two Hogback Yellowwoods twining around each other on the right hand side. These two look quite special as they’re printed on brushed aluminium dibond – they’re the most expensive items for sale at R2500 each.

The black and white mirrored image of the Baobabs is between them, it was taken in the Okavango panhandle.  Printed on glossy paper and mounted behind glass with a black wooden frame it’s priced at R1500.

Baobab Temple

Two green mirrored images come next.  Both pictures were taken in Sweden: on the left is an Oak above the Göta River and on the right is a Hornbeam at Tureborg in Uddevalla.  They’re R2000 each, block mounted and printed on enhanced matte paper.

The three images of spiders’ webs were all taken early one misty morning at Tsitsa Falls in the Eastern Cape.  They’re printed on enhanced matte paper and block mounted ready to be hung –  they also sell for R2000 each.

The final two images are the most complex. They repeatedly mirror, overlay and use positive and negative versions of one lone Birch tree that I photographed silhouetted against the deep blue arctic sky at Tromsø in Norway.  They’re also block mounted, enhanced matte images and sell for R2500 each.


Nordic nights and northern lights 2: Kvaløya 26/10/2015

My first day in Tromsø it started to snow – they told me it was the first fall of winter.  Whilst it was still daylight I went hiking to the cable-car station through the birch forest and up above the tree line.  There was no point going on to the summit beyond as everything was white and I was in the cloud anyway.   About 15 cms of snow had fallen so it was a very slippery walk back down.  Occasionally the clouds would break and you could see the harbour below.

Tromsø - 2015-10-26-at-1:18

I had booked an aurora hunt that night.  There are plenty of organisations in Tromsø that will take you out. Snow showers were forecast and it was very windy but breaks in the cloud meant that we might be able to see something.  We went out at seven and returned after one the next morning and in all that time there was a single two minute sighting of the aurora – it was very beautiful though and well worth it.

They took us across to the next island in the archipelago – Kvaløya (whale island) which has spectacular scenery and visited a number of view points.  The best was where it was sheltered from the biting wind.  We’d left the tour bus and scrambled gingerly down to a beach through the ice and fresh snow.  I placed my tripod and camera on a small headland as there was a great composition looking northwards across a bay to the mountains.  I knew I wouldn’t have selfie takers walking backwards into my pictures from there!  As it turned out I had set up looking in just the right direction as the aurora flashed green on the horizon just when the clouds opened up.

I took four pictures in two minutes before the clouds rolled back across the scene and the snow started to fall again.  The full moon bathed the clouds and the mountains white and gave a lovely blue-green tint to the Arctic Ocean.  The exposures were five seconds long so I caught a lot of light and colour – it was breathtakingly beautiful.

The tour took us back across to the mainland looking for more breaks in the clouds.  We ended up high in the mountains but turned back for Tromsø at 1am due to the heavy snow.  Walking back to my hotel just before two I took one last picture – Tromsø cathedral.