Giraffe and Blue Crane by artist Mak1One

Giraffe and Blue Crane by artist Mak1One

As we walked down Frere Street, Woodstock during my street art tour we came across these beautiful Blue Crane and  Giraffe pieces. The giraffe is done by Mak1One, who is portraying the saving of these giraffes. There are only about 2500 left worldwide. Its sad that people still hunt these beautiful creatures. The Blue Crane is the…

"Freedom Day" by Street artist Freddy Sam

“Freedom Day” by Street artist Freddy Sam

This piece of work is on a wall in a huge open parking lot of Woodstock here in Cape Town, South-Africa. Weekends this parking lot is used by farious artists selling their goods, especially furniture. This piece is a black and white mural of people protesting. This piece was done by Freddy Sam, a Cape…

Woodstock, South-Africa, street art walking tour

Woodstock, South-Africa, street art walking tour

You learn so much about a city and its culture through its art. Street art is one of these hugely expressive forms that cover every aspect of city life and things happening at the moment. I have come to realize that street art differs from country to country and couldn’t wait to see what the…

Save Our Rhinos

Save Our Rhinos

Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2008 South Africa has lost over 4000 rhinos – a figure that, despite so much effort, increases daily. Sadly, few people realize the challenges facing those on the frontlines – thousands of kilometers to patrol with little to no idea of where the poachers plan to hit…

Butterfly World

Weekly Photo Chalenge: Eye Spy

This week, take “eye” as your inspiration for the weekly photo challenge. I got to visit Butterfly world in Paarl, South-Africa yesterday and got some great “eye” shots of some of the beautiful animals there. Butterfly World is a tropical garden filled with exotic butterflies, birds and other animals. .  

The Socialist sculpture park.

Throwback Thursday: The Socialist Sculpture Park in Moscow

I explored the Tretyakov gallery area a couple of times during the first sunny weeks of May 2012. It was lovely just getting out of the small flat  after the long harsh winter, and spending some time outside in the sunshine. As I walked through the numerous side streets of this district I eventually reached the…

Dehumanization Zone, Cape Town

Wordless Wednesday: Dehumanization

Dehumanization is the psychological process of demonizing the enemy, making them seem less than human and hence not worthy of humane treatment. This can lead to increased violence, human rights violations, war crimes, and genocide.   Dehumanization is a psychological process whereby opponents view each other as less than human and thus not deserving of moral consideration. Jews…

Before I Die...

Before I Die…

Before I die is an interactive public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in a public space. Meant as a singular experiment, the project gained global attention and thanks to passionate people around the world, over 500 Before I Die walls have been created in over 70 countries, including here in Cape Town, South-Africa. After…

Saronsberg wine farm

Wordless Wednesday: Bronze Goat Family

One of the most beautiful wine farms we got to explore while touring the wine region of the Western cape province was Saronsberg, nestled in the Tulbagh Valley. We visited quite early in the morning so although we never got around to taste their wine we got to enjoy a great collection of South African…

From Earth, From Water

From Earth, From Water

My favourite piece of art by South African artist Angus van Zyl Taylor is definitely his piece named “From Water, From Earth”. This piece of art has become the signature of Saronsberg wine farm in Tulbagh. Even if you are not a wine lover, you will find Saronsberg intriguing. It has a huge selection of…

colonial style windows found in Saronsberg Winery

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

This weeks Photo Challenge is to make a grid the centerpiece of your photo. These colonial style windows found in Saronsberg Winery is divided into an equal number of panes. They actually force one to focus on the art inside the show room, rather than the stunning landscape outside.

"Perceiving Freedom".

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

I got to photograph a sculpture with a difference from every angle.  This giant pair of glasses were put up at the Sea Point promenade, Cape Town South-Africa, to honour late former President Nelson Mandela. It is a giant set of stainless steel spectacles, anchored on the ground facing Robben Island. Artist Michael Elion says…

Streetwires, home to a shop and working artist’s studio in the picturesque Bokaap, Cape Town.

Wordless Wednesday: Cape Town street art

Streetwires, home to a shop and working artist’s studio in the picturesque Bokaap, Cape Town. Streetwires was started in 2000, and this Proudly South African project provides training, support and materials to unemployed people who in turn use their artistic capabilities to create African wire and bead art. Published as part of Wordless Wednesday.

Train station signs

Wordless Wednesday: Train station signs

Usually you find signs like “mind the gap” or “dont stand too close to the tracks” at train stations like this one. Here in South Africa we also get signs that say ” dont climb in or off the train through the window” and ” Dont smash the train windows”…… Published as part of Wordless…

My current Muse: Western Cape, South-Africa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

This weeks’ photo challenge is to show your muse — the subject you turn to frequently, that leaves you inspired each time! At the moment my Muse is the colourful buildings and people of the Western Cape in South-Africa. Each time I go exploring I come upon a new brightly coloured treasure, and I cant wait…

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The foreigner tries Kung-Fu

While living in Ho Chi Minh City I tried to experience everything about the Vietnamese Culture and decided to try something ” Vietnamese”. So I went out and signed up at a local pagoda in my neighbourhood for Kung-fu classes. I was so excited at the prospect of learning a martial art that I didn’t even…