Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

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Mantenga Cultural Village, Swaziland

Endurance is in culture. Culture may change during time but always a part of it will stay the same. These women and men are performing their old traditional dances in traditional outfits. Those parts of their swazi culture have endured for hundreds of years.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

I got so overwhelmingly inspired from this weeks Photo Challenge that I have to share four photos with you. Hold on to your hats folks!

 

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What a fascinating form of art clownery is! These clowns performing to Swazi schoolchildren belong to two organisations: Clowns Without Borders South Africa and Clowner utan Gränser (a Swedish NGO). I will get back to them later on in my blog and tell you more about what they do.

 

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Painting is a traditional art form but you may offen found amazing paintings made on an unconventional surface. I photographed this beautifully painted container in the garden of Sandra Lee Center (an orphanage in Mbabane, Swaziland).

 

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These boys and men are performing their art – traditional dances – in Mantenga Cultural Village in Swaziland.

 

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Last but not least: art of nature. What a colour and figure! Just amazing.

Inspired by You (and Africa Of Course)

For this post I got inspired by Alison Nicholls who wrote about the circumstances how she became an artist (it’s story that includes Africa). Along with photographing I also love to paint and do different kind of art projects as my hobby. Many times my source of inspiration is Africa. Or it would be if I’d be able to get my art done. I have many ideas and I have done preparations for some projects but the actual painting or what ever the project requires awaits. I have been able to finish two paintings since 2009 but now I haven’t painted in three years. I would love to paint but some how I’m not able to start. When I just would get started I’m sure I would also get finished. So I need to work with that starting thing. But let’s get back to the inspiration.

In Africa a part of the inspiration comes from the nature and animals and a part comes from the people. But I’m also inspired by presumptions, visions and images that non-African people have about Africa. In my art as in my blog I want to shake those a little bit and open new perspectives. That’s why I would like you (if you are not African) to answer a question: What comes first to your mind when some one mentions Africa? If you are African please answer to this: To what kind of assumptions about Africa you have bumped into?

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