South African Landscape #5 – Collectors Limited Edition Prints

South African landscape 5 collectors print

Koppie | Theebus & Koffiebus – Collectors Print: Limited Edition

South African Landscape #5 – Collectors Limited Edition Prints.  Black & White Photograph of two koppies under a clouded sky in the Karoo landscape. Part of a Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”.

About this piece

2006 – Schoombie, South Africa

The Orange River

Named teapot and coffeepot by the early Afrikaner Trekboer women, both koppies sit side by side near Schoombee in the Eastern Karoo, separated by the R56. A large, stark white cross sits on top of Theebus, erected by a parson from Herwin children’s home in the early 1960’s. But Mother Nature is not a kind woman in the karoo and the cross needed to be replaced. In the 1980’s, Colonel Jordaan, with the help of an army helicopter erected a new one, which stands today.

Dotted near both koppies are the remains of British blockhouses dating back from the Boer war. Both Theebus and Koffiebus stand tall in a rare lush green belt of the Karoo. All year round the rich waters of the Orange River are channeled through the 83.3 kilometers Theebus tunnel, gushing into the small rivers and streams that feed the local farms.

Mermaids in the Karoo

The San bushman tells his story of how they lived in caves in the area. In their wars with the Afrikaner Trekboers they hid in koppie caves, watching, waiting, to kill the farmers and to steal his cattle. We are what we eat and this reflected in their rock paintings of the Mountain Reed buck, Grey Reedbuck and the strange, plump Rock Rabbit. Some of their etchings have baffled archaeologists for many years. High up in the Little Karoo Mountains, they show creatures with a round head, arms, and a fish tail. Are these paintings of mermaids? Does this mean the San people saw such creatures? After all it has been said the Karoo was a vast inland sea and did their forefathers pass down their knowledge?

Blackened Clouds Arrive

This was my second ten-day trip to photograph Theebus and Koffiebus. The first journey provided me with no magical cloud moments. Nimbus didn’t even make an appearance, contrary to weather forecasts. On the third day of my second trip, I waited all morning wondering whether the clouds would build up. The smell of blue gum resin, recently cut Lucerne, wrapped in Kanna hung throughout the countryside – there was a tang in the air. By late afternoon the blackened clouds arrived from the west, showering the Sneeuberg Mountains in the North. The landscape looked fresh like a Jacob van Ruisdael painting. The dome-like cloudscape spanned across the Karoo veldt and the sun licked every blade of Karoo grass at it flicked across Nimbus.

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.

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Collectors Prints: 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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