Category Archives: Art & Photography

Knysna Lockdown Day 22

Knysna Lockdown Day 22

Posted on: 17th April 2020| By: Marielle

When you wake at 3:00 in the morning (as I regularly do), the silence is so absolute it’s unnerving. I can hear the heating element in the geyser percolating, roiling the water, modifying thermal subtleties. Dew dripping from a neighbour’s gutter is like the rhythmic beating of a metronome. In this profound absence of sound,…
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Braaivleis & Kgalagadi Dreaming

Braaivleis & Kgalagadi Dreaming

Posted on: 10th April 2020| By: Marielle

It’s the end of Lent (when, theoretically, one has been thoroughly abstemious and earnestly reflective), and the beginning of Easter (which Covid-19 has just roundly cancelled). Today our South African Lockdown has been extended to the end of April. Five Weeks. We’ve only just managed to gasp our way through two. So … Reflection, yes,…
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Knysna’s Urban Geometry

Knysna’s Urban Geometry

Posted on: 27th March 2020| By: Marielle

If you don’t look closely enough, you’d never believe that a small tourism-based village such as Knysna in fact followed some highly fashionable trends in its earlier building styles. I’m talking specifically here the period between the 1920s and 1930s. I’m talking Art Deco. It’s an architectural trend that was coined after an international exhibition…
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Signs of history in Knysna’s architecture

Signs of history in Knysna’s architecture

Posted on: 22nd March 2020| By: Marielle

It struck me one day that if, while wandering through Knysna, you look upwards at the gables and lintels and parapets, there is still so much history, so many stories, bound up in the curves and columns and straight lines. I was so intrigued that early one morning, armed with my camera, I set off to…
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Spirit of Toronto

Spirit of Toronto

Posted on: 5th March 2020| By: Marielle

With a new adventure happening in Toronto, we’ve just spent some time getting to know the city. It’s been great fun, and so far we like what we see. Here is a brief sense of our first impressions, and a little flavour of the city. (No snow in this particular Blog Post, but there was…
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Toronto’s Unique Architecture

Toronto’s Unique Architecture

Posted on: 24th February 2020| By: Marielle

We’re in the middle of a new adventure, visiting Toronto, Canada, in spite of it being entirely the wrong season to venture into this icy northern territory! Canadians we meet are constantly joking that we must have come for the weather. (Minus 15 degrees C some days …) And yet, there is still magic to…
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Thinking of a White Christmas …

Thinking of a White Christmas …

Posted on: 23rd December 2019| By: Marielle

Somehow hippos have made their way into a Central Park playground. In spite of our December African blue skies, burning sun … and the blasted Southeasters! … my thoughts have been wandering to colder climes, considering that new adventure prowling stealthily in the wings, ready to pounce like a snow leopard, in 2020. When we…
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Knysna Film Festival … Brilliant!

Knysna Film Festival … Brilliant!

Posted on: 5th November 2019| By: Marielle

Oh, man, I’ve just had so much fun at Knysna’s first-ever Film Festival. I know, I know, the programme and movie scheduling was really complicated (it put a lot of people off), the handling of tickets was organised chaos, the venues were spread out all over town. But, honestly, the standard and quality of the…
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Gallery on 103, Groot Brak

Gallery on 103, Groot Brak

Posted on: 22nd October 2019| By: Marielle

My few days in Groot Brak were spent with two very artistic “tuned-in” women … oodles of talent, thought-provoking conversations, and an appreciation of the magic in nature. Laurinda Smit, besides her day job producing a monthly local news publication with two associates, is also a mandala artist. Using a pointillist painting technique among other…
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Through a sepia lens

Through a sepia lens

Posted on: 25th September 2019| By: Marielle

A garden that contains over 66 sculptures enfolded in its dips and rises just can’t be dealt with in a single Post … but just to keep your interest piqued the works here are viewed through a different lens. Light and shade. Sepia and greyscale. The monotones allow you to look past extraneous matter and…
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