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Stanford through the eyes of two of its many photographers.

We did it, and yes, I made it! After going to bed at 2:30am the previous night, I was up at 5:50am – even before the alarm went off! It was still almost dark when I left and drove through the quiet, sleeping village to pick Herman van Bon up for our photography-stroll through the village.  We were both armed with our digital cameras, herman with his Sony A77VQ with a Sony DT 2.8/16-55 mm lens, mine is a Canon EOS 400 D with Canon 18-55 mm lens. No tripods. (You can read more about how this two-some came about, here:  Two photographers on the prowl)

From seven until ten we were out “shooting early birds”! We had so much fun and laughed so much. We first went to Stanford South and what struck us both were how lively and full of people the streets were with men and women going to work, children off to school and dogs doing what dogs do (barking somewhat furiously at us at times). There were chickens scratching here and there on the street verges, cocks crowing, some fought. At the spaza-shop a cat was sitting on the corner of the street, while another one went inside the shop inspecting the goods.

Our next stop was the Willem Appel Dam, halfway back to the village. There we photographed reeds, trees and a reflection. There were some water fowl – cormorants, moorhens, ibises – and weavers and warblers in the reeds.

After a while we headed back into the centre of the village which by then had also “woken up”. People were out walking their dogs, riding their bicycles, doing their business. Our local green team were busy sweeping along the streets, and the normal gang of loiterers were outside the shops trying their luck with the shopppers. Our friend, Beatrice Pook, was up and offered us coffee.

This was NOT a competition. Both Herman and I did it for the joy of photography. It’s interesting to see the differences between the two of us in the way look at and interpret things. We hope that you would enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking/making them.

Herman van Bon’s photos:

Beatrice Pook

Beatrice Pook

Reeds

Reeds

St Thomas Church

St Thomas Church

Reflections

Reflections

Chicken

Chicken

She's not my Bokkie

She’s not my Bokkie

Don't come nearer…

Don’t come nearer…

Inside the spaza shop

Inside the spaza shop

Rooftop view of Kleinrivier Mountains

Rooftop view of Kleinrivier Mountains

Annalize through a soft lens

Annalize through a soft lens

Window reflection

Window reflection

Linden off to the shops

Linden off to the shops

Trees

Trees

Off to work

Off to work

Rocket-Science-in-Stanford

Rocket-Science in Stanford

Annalize Mouton’s photos with some extras of Herman and “some early birds” thrown in:

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Mothers

Mothers

Little Girl

Little Girl

Herman @ Spaza Shop

Herman @ Spaza Shop

Herman @ Willem Appel Dam

Herman @ Willem Appel Dam

Off to work

Trees

Trees

Simba brushing teeth

Simba brushing teeth

Reflection in water

Reflection in water

Queen Vic Street

Queen Vic Street

Beatrice Pook

Beatrice Pook

Not my Bokkie

Not my Bokkie

Coral tree (flamboyant)

Coral tree (flamboyant)

Herman van Bon

Herman van Bon

DRCurch Steeple

DRCurch Steeple

Cat on the corner

Cat on the corner

Early morning ride

Early morning ride

Spaza Shop

Spaza Shop

Chickens

Chickens

Rooftop view to Kleinriviers Mountains

Rooftop view to Kleinriviers Mountains

 

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Two photographers on the prowl… taking up the challenge!

Oh my, what have I gotten myself into this time?! On my way home from the post office today, I stopped for a chat with Herman van Bon, “originally Dutch and since 2000 living in South Africa and happily married to Yvonne de Wit”, who was out walking his dog. Herman and I have a couple of things in common: we’re both definitely not youngsters any more, we don’t colour our hair, we love photography and Stanford, dogs, cats, birds, plants and nature… We talked about my new blog, Portrait of a Village,  and Herman who in his own words “like challenges especially the ones people advise me not even to think of it”, challenged me with, “When are we going out together on a photo shoot?” Before I could say evasively, as I did in the past, “Sometime”, Herman said, “No, let’s fix a time.” I was trapped and couldn’t chicken out this time. So the challenge has been set – next week Monday morning at 07h00 we’ll start prowling around the village with our cameras.

Now, the first thing you have to understand is that I am not an early-morning person at all – can’t be when you only go to bed in the wee hours of the mornin’. Secondly, you must see Herman’s resumé! He’s a big cannon in the world of photographers. I snooped around on his website, and this is what I found:

I am a landscape and art-photographer creating digital ‘imaginaries’. These imaginaries each consist of tens of layers with elements/textures of (landscape-, garden-, domestic-) photographs to which I always add 1 or more ‘mainframes’ thus creating a new conceptual image.

I was involved in 2 (group-)exhibitions in 2013 in New York and Paris. Some of my work (I only sell one print of each image!) is on permanent display in public spaces.

Before becoming a full time art-photographer I was a free-lance (photo-)journalist traveling the globe for a wide range of media…

So, Monday morning, when the sun is still shy and hiding its face, we’ll be out and about. How exactly we’ll go about this, will still be decided. Maybe you could come up with some ideas, and next time even more of the Stanford photographers, professional and amateur, would like to join us.

What Herman doesn’t know is that although I do not have his experience, I have been taught photography by one of South Africa’s best, my own husband, Maré! Whatever comes out of this, I can assure you, it is going to be great fun! Watch this space for the photos and the accompanying story.

In the meantime, check out Herman’s Blogs: Life in a village named Stanford and Herman van Bon Photography

Until Monday then. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos I took with my cellphone on my way home. Herman and I tried a selfie, but it didn’t really work, nevertheless, here it is.

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