Tankwa Karoo

We wanted aerial shots of a large work consisting of a curving unbroken line forming an elongated oval shape when seen from above that Strijdom draws in the gravelly sand by dragging his right foot. But in the small hours of the night before the shoot, as strong gusts of wind shook the cabin, it…

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Tankwa Karoo

First morning of our third time in the Karoo. Strijdom had spotted an opportunity in a ridge of angular bright orange rocks contrasting with the surrounding flat area consisting of much darker smaller rocks and stones that could effectively serve as canvas. We had visited the site the previous late afternoon to confirm and plan…

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Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Returned to the location late afternoon the next day for more shots of the completed work. Short window in which to shoot, from the moment the sun dips behind the mountain, removing the direct rays of light falling through the tree cover onto the work, to the moment when the light becomes insufficient for the…

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Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Initially the idea had been to shoot the making of the work over several days in the soft light at the end of the day but we realised this would not work as the light would visibly be going in the course of each late afternoon’s shoot. Plan changed to shooting it all in a…

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Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Great to be back in the forest in Jonkershoek outside Stellenbosch where we had shot so many works in April and May – the setting now, in the full flush of early summer, looking very different compared to those distant days of autumn. Got some shots of Strijdom gathering branches and sticks from which to…

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Koloniesland, Stellenbosch

Early start to the day, driving out to Stellenbosch well before sunrise to capture images of the work against the sky in the first light of day and shortly thereafter. Deliberately chose a morning forecast to be windless, to contrast with conditions on the day the work was installed. Another gift from meteorological circumstance: I…

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Koloniesland, Stellenbosch

Planned long in advance for this date, the day on which Strijdom installed the work entitled “Catching the wind” that he had made previously in Australia, Italy and Germany turned out to be an exceptionally blustery one in Stellenbosch. A passerby living in one of the houses overlooking the site told us that when the…

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Old quarry, Boland

Back at the old quarry. A chance to reshoot the painting with water on the vertical rockface first attempted back in July when clouds passing in front of the sun changed the lighting mid-shot. And more vertical water lines inside grooves left by what must have been enormous stoneworking machinery, this time in descending order…

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Tankwa Karoo

Inauspicious start to the second trip to the Karoo: rendered immobile thirty five kilometres from destination by two simultaneous flat tyres on deserted dirt road, with no cell phone signal, an hour before sunset. Rescued by team from camp arriving on the scene 10 o’clock at night with big truck, spades, jacks and tools to…

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Gordon’s Bay

Still making use of the soft light of winter, forgiving of midday shoots. Our second time on the beach in Gordon’s Bay, where Strijdom had found a large out-of-place rock, one half of which could be painted with ochre mud, with False Bay as backdrop, and across the ocean the distant mountain range of the…

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