South African Landscape #2 – Collectors Limited Edition Prints

South African landscape 2 collectors print

Koppie | Tafelburg – Collectors Print: Limited Edition

South African Landscape #2 – Collectors Limited Edition Prints.  Black & White Photograph of Aloes and rain storm clouds over Tafelburg Koppie. Part of a Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”.

About this piece

2007 – Middelburg, South Africa

Welcome to the Inferno

In the harsh world of the karoo, the odors of blue gum and pine mingle with Acacia Karoo – a beautiful sweet spicy, smelling yellow flower that blankets the arid semi-desert. December is a very hot month. Halfway through the afternoon, the temperatures were grazing the early fifties with a hot mist that made my spectacles perspire. If you touch the Karoo earth you’ll get close to the boiling point of water.

The Karoo silence is still. Tawny Eagles and Yellow-Billed Kites swirl in the skies above; while scorpions, termite-eating spiders and snakes hunt their frittatas, before the Karoo furnace drives them into their underground bunkers. It’s now 54 degrees Celsius, perfect for bacon and eggs. Welcome to the Karoo inferno.

Inebriated Farm Worker

I stopped several times to get directions from shuffling locals – suffering from a dop too many in most cases. But everyone gave me different directions, which frankly I don’t understand why, as there is supposed to be only one famous Tafelburg koppie in these parts. The locals claim that their Tafelberg is more famous than the one in Cape Town. I didn’t want to get into that discussion. Have you ever argued with an inebriated wandering farm worker? I wouldn’t advise it.

Finally, I realized that there were several Tafelberg koppies, and everyone seemed to have their own idea, as to which is the ‘Tafelberg Koppie’. So I simply settled on the largest which was about 100 meters in height and sitting behind a typical Karoo Mudstone koppie. After all, they were comparing their Tafelberg with the Cape Tafelberg. So largest would be appropriate.

And the rain came thundering down

The clouds had been building up all day. I sensed Nimbus was giving me all the time in the world to get my act together. After dithering as to where I wanted to photograph the Tafelburg, I settled in front of this grand Koppie with my giant blue and yellow-striped umbrella. Anticipating a drenching, I stood watching Nimbus cast her shadows over every stone. Then there was a mighty explosion and the rain came thundering down. A few minutes later it was gone. Briefly the torrential rain left puddles reflecting the contours of Nimbus body but soon it seeped into the parched earth.

Karoo aloes stood regimented along the dirt road. The dark green leaves fused into the blackness. In bloom, the red flowers would be the only colour that stands out in the dark shadows of the landscape. Dassies scurried, taking refuge into the gloom. Suddenly an orange blade of light cuts through the Nimbus clouds, spraying its golden hues over the aloes and deep into the crevices of each blade of grass. Within a few seconds Nimbus covered herself, blanketing out the light to leave deathly shadows scattered everywhere. Sinister and gloom mingled, leaving a mystery in the air.

Photographing with Film

The authentic nature of photographing on film is the graining that is produced in its reproductions. However this is a genuine representation of when capturing images on a Hasselblad XPan panoramic film camera.

This Black & White Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”, was originally exhibited at Nedbank, Waterfront, Cape Town in 2012.

South Africa black and white collectors print 2


Collectors Print: Limited Edition 

Black & White printed on Ilford Baryta paper: 315 g/m² silk finish with a 2 cm white boarder around image. Authentication Label on back of print including a printed signature of the Photographer.  Supplied within a protective photographic sleeve. Authentication Certificate included with each print purchase.

This is a unframed print.

Overall Print Size – 58 cm x 24 cm (54 cm x 20 cm image size).

Total number of Prints available in this Limited Edition print run – 10 off.

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Find out more about the Photographer: Mike Rossi

Also can be found at: www.mikerossi.co.za

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