South African Landscape #7 – Collectors Limited Edition Prints

South African landscape 7 collectors print

Koppie | Voortrekker – Collectors Print: Limited Edition

South African Landscape #7 – Collectors Limited Edition Prints.  Black & White Photograph of Voortrekker koppie in the Mapungubwe National Park. Part of a Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”.

About this piece

2005 – Mapungubwe, South Africa

Mapungubwe National Park

I wondered, as I stood 2-meters up on the Land Rover game-viewer, what Gerhard Moerdijk, the architect who designed the Voortrekker Monument thought, when he first saw the Voortrekker koppie, as it’s called today by the locals, who live in and around Mapungubwe National Park? They say this monolith granite koppie was his stimulation. He often visited for tranquility and inspiration. Did he stand at this spot when that moment of inspiration came? Or was it one of the several places I had visited, to view it around the game reserve in the last ten days?

On my sixth visit Nimbus arrived, crossing from northeast to northwest and over where the Shashe and the Limpopo rivers meet that unite Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa in the distance. Like the devil’s shroud she revolved in the sky, growling, occasionally, barking her thunderbolts across the skyline.

Waiting for the Magic

We watched, Mr Alie Chauke and I. He is a very knowledgeable Shangaan gentleman, who is my guide and driver. Standing at around 180 centimeters, he’s slim and smiles warmly as he speaks with enthusiasm about the information that surrounds us. Both Mr. Ali Chauke and the Land Rover are courtesy of San Parks. He’s a very able assistant. Stopping traffic while I wait for the magic light (you know there are boy racers, even in the bush); helps sets up my tripod and constantly makes suggestions on composition.

Every morning, we’d go deep into darkest Mapungubwe in search of granite edifices and the darkened Cumulus-Nimbus clouds. Then I’d set about searching his brain for interesting snippets of information – the anthropology of the tribes – Northern Sotho, Venda, Shona and Shangaan. The last few days of our search have been very hot. Although it’s only 8 am in the morning, the barometer was well into the red at over 40 degrees centigrade. Now we stand watching, perspiring and waiting. The cicadas are very active as are the flies buzzing around like a deep mist over a rotting carcass nearby.

Gods Light

I’m waiting for Father Sun to arrive and illuminate the granite monolith so like it’s inspiration, the Voortrekker Monument. The idea to build a monument in honor of the Voortrekkers, was mooted on 16th December 1888, when President Paul Kruger attended the Day of the Covenant Celebrations at Blood River in Natal. The idea gained momentum, eventually with the sod turning ceremony taking place in 1937. Twelve years later it stood proud and erect, a national symbol.

When the moment came, the finger of God-like light reached down and touched this monolith omnipresent signpost in the veld.

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 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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