Wednesday, May 27, 2009

'Namibian Desert Road Stop', 2008
I prefer to take my pictures in natural light and the weather has not been too great lately, hence the dark, muted palette of the last few. The colour is quite rich in this piece especially, so I will put another picture of it up in the future. Stopping for a break I saw this old car and gas pump, overgrown with cactus.

Friday, May 22, 2009

'Namibian Desert from Mt Brandberg', 2008
Not a very good photo but this painting is of the view from Mt Brandberg, in a national park in the northwest of Namibia. The idea was to camp the night after enjoying the beautiful desert palette but a rumour of bandits made the stay brief. The desert it said to be one of the oldest in the world and was a visual highlight of the trip.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

'The Devils Cataract, Victoria Falls', 2008
Quite dark but an image of the largest of the African series to date. I went to view them from the Zimbabwean side where a network of trails follow the lip of the falls, most of them under a blanket of spray. The Devils Cataract is on the western side and from this vantage point it was possible to peer through the trees and see the odd rainbow arching through the spray.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

'South Luangwa River, Zambia', 2008
Arriving at a campsite late in the day (on my birthday), I went for a wander down to the river to watch the sunset. I thought the right antidote to a day in a bumpy truck would be soaking my feet in the river, but the mosquitos and the threat of hungry crocodiles made the visit a brief one.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

'Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania', 2008
In Northern Tanzania is Olduvai Gorge, a place where many hominid fossils have been found. They have an information centre there and a small lookout from where this distinctive rock formation can be seen. Many small black mongoose were playing around in the grass in the foreground.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

'Old Shed, Rift Valley, Kenya'.
This image is based on the view from a reststop between the Ugandan border and Nairobi. An old red shed sat near the edge of a cliff which gave way to the vast expanse of the Rift Valley. This picture is slightly larger than I usually work, but with the whole Africa/South American series I have been playing with the scale some more although I still prefer a smaller, more intimate size.