A DESCENDING JOURNEY TO HELL

Following on from the success of my “Rhythmus” abstract series, I have just completed a new collection entitled “Raised Motif”. I was fortunate to spend some time shooting in the Swartberg Mountains near Prince Albert. During the expedition I visited a place called “De Hell”, a recently abandoned settlement situated in a deep gorge and surrounded by very high mountains. This area is steeped in history, dating back to the early settlers of the 1800’s. Today you can gain access to “De Hell” via a steep gravel road, just wide enough for one car. Frustrated by a lack of visual material in the area and the quality of the light, I decided to use a similar multiple exposure technique to that which I had used in the Rhythmus collection. Here I photographed trees in a valley using three exposures, one in focus, one out of focus and one of textures taken of nearby rocks and walls. As you will see, the technique delivers a sketch like, embossed effect and completely elevates a straightforward subject into a work of art. These abstract prints can be printed on a variety of different surfaces, including art paper, aluminium, glass or even wood, making them perfect for interior decor and design. To give you more of an insight, have a look at the documentary video taken while visiting De Hell. I must confess, this place, which carries an undeserving name, a place that has character and solitude and a unique place in history, has taught me one valuable lesson; sometimes when things become difficult, other opportunities can be realised. 

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