Koppie | Middle Earth – Collectors Print: Limited Edition #02



About this piece

2005 – Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa

Part of a Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”

In my travels with Mr. Ali Chauke, my guide at Mapungubwe National Park, I’ve learnt not to drive over elephant dung as they contain large thorns that pierce rubber with consummate ease. I’ve also discovered how dung cures headaches. Both pieces of knowledge are poles apart – one bad for you and the other good; so what do I do in the case of a headache? Take Panado of course – I’m not Tarzan, yet.

My other discovery, although it was more of an instruction, is not to carry oranges or any citrus fruit in a vehicle – it seems it drives the elephants insane with desire. Your car will be shaken and not stirred, even if you like vodka and orange, one must resist the citrus temptation. I had a bagful of lemons sealed in my cooler bag. Could this be the ultimate test to an African elephant nose sense? Luckily the elephants were miles away, on this red-hot Mapungubwe Sunday.

On this particular dawn as I waited for Nimbus to compose herself above the Neanderthal koppie in front of me, we spoke about Mopani worms, a recipe passed down from his grandmother’s, mother’s, mother. Mr. Ali Chauke loves them especially when cooked from his family’s secret formula. He’s offered to share his secret – I readily accepted.

Wildebeest wandered, closely followed by Zebras. But at the sight of us they were soon gone. We were left to the silence of the veld and the caterings of over 300 hundred different birds species that reside in the Mapungubwe cultural landscape. I am impressed with the bird count. There are six Bee-eater varieties; so there’s little chance that I’m going to get stung here. And with them around I’m not very likely to find any honey. The Bee-eater birds are so quick, they snap up the bees in mid-flight and like a German Stuka dive-bomber, they descend out of nowhere. However silence does arrive on the birdlife of Mapungubwe when one of the ten varieties of eagles arrives.

This Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”, originally exhibited at Nedbank, Waterfront, Cape Town in 2012 and is now available as special limited edition print run.

The authentic effect of photographing on film is the natural film grain that is produced in its reproductions, this was intended by the photographer Mike Rossi as a genuine representation of capturing images with his Hasselblad XPan film camera.

Also available as a Limited Frame Print Edition.


Collectors Print: Limited Edition #02

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.

This is a “Bespoke” order.

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Please refer to the Product Guide for more information about Ilford Baryta Black & White prints.

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