EARTH, WIND AND FIRE

EARTH, WIND AND FIRE

In addition to serving as spouts for water in ancients times, the gaping mouths of #gargoyles evoked the fearsome destructiveness of these #legendary #beasts, reminding the laity of the need for the (Roman Catholic) church’s protection. A previous owner of our house added them to keep #evil #spirits out.
Original #photographs in black and white. Did some reduction so that only the outlines were left. Next I added #textures and #elements from other pictures plus coloring in-painting and drawing. The end result is what I call ‘photo-graphics’.
Only 1 framed print (60 x 40 cm) per image available at #Private #Gallery in #Napier, Western Cape, South Africa. Click here for more info about the gallery.

 

EARTH, WIND AND FIRE

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The heat is on’

The original #dragon is a #sculpture of #artist Ulrich Riek from #Napier.

Black and white #reduction #processing with added #elements of other #photographs, #textures, #in-painting; #drawing ant toning.

The Fish went Flyabout

 

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‘Tokkeldingetjies’

(from Wikipedia) “In Zulu mythology, Tikoloshe, Tokoloshe or Hili is a dwarf-like water sprite. It is considered a mischievous and evil spirit that can become invisible by drinking water. Tokoloshes are called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others. At its least harmful a tokoloshe can be used to scare children, but its power extends to causing illness or even the death of the victim. The creature might be banished by a n’anga (witch doctor), who has the power to expel it from the area. Another explanation is that the Tokoloshe resembles a zombie, poltergeist, or gremlin, created by South African shamans who have been offended by someone. The tokoloshe may also wander, causing mischief wherever it goes, particularly to schoolchildren. Other details include its gremlin-like appearance and gouged out eyes. The Tokoloshe, according to the Zulu shaman Credo Mutwa, has been known to take on many forms. One form is as described above, but others have portrayed the Tokoloshe as being a bear-like humanoid being. Some Zulu people (and other southern African tribes) are still superstitious when it comes to things like the supposedly fictional tokoloshe—a hairy creature created by a wizard to harm his enemies (also … known to rape women and bite off sleeping people’s toes).”According to legend, the only way to keep the Tokoloshe away at night is to put a brick beneath each leg of one’s bed. However, this will not protect anything but the person whose bed it is along with the bed itself, as it may instead cause havoc not involving said people. They get their power from a hot poker thrust into the crown of the body during creation. Western practical explanation of overnight mysterious deaths : This goes back many years to people who died mysteriously in their huts, where cattle-dung was burned for warmth in the traditional Zulu mud-huts. These huts had little or no ventilation once the opening was sealed in cold weather. Carbon monoxide released from the fire would accumulate inside the hut. Because carbon monoxide is heavier than air, it builds up from the floor in a layer of deadly gas. The old Zulu’s discovered that a person sleeping higher would survive longer than another person sleeping at a lower height from the floor – hence the mistaken belief that they had ‘escaped the tokoloshe’ ( a mythical short killer demon ). This led to the folklore and their using bricks to raise their beds from the floor to ‘escape the Tokoloshe’. To avoid such asphyxiation, refrain from making open fires in a confined space OR ensure adequate ventilation using vents & chimney”.

‘Tokkelossie’ is the Afrikaans word. I use ‘Tokkeldingetjies’ (=little tokkel things; let’s say it’s mind prickling)

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