My Pics

Travel exposes me to art, all kinds, styles and histories.  I ask myself, Do I only view it and wonder at it?  Or does the experience push me to try my own hand?  The answer is in the following images, each of them my photographs that I have treated with Picasa graphics.   What the original photographs were is included at the end.

(c)  Will van der Walt

Les Semboules, Antibes 

September, 2018


My Photographs

1  “Banana Story” – I was interested in the “story” suggested by the black banana (cf. sheep) of the family

2  “Black-and-White blues guitar”  –  the hand per kind permission of Donatello

3  “Winter Trees”  –  a random shot in the winter streets of Antibes

4  “Curtain Man”  –  an artist’s wooden model, with curtain 

5  “Ceramic hands”  –  hands used to display rings in shops

6  “Blue god”  –  the metal pattern on the floor of a bus

7  “Winter Tree”  –  a reflection on the windscreen of a car, in those same winter streets

8  “Palais de Congress” at St Raphael  – image tipped on its side

9  “Hand and Tap”  –  a pic I took in the yard at the Ruth Prowse Art School, Cape Town 

10 “Face glow”  –  a polystyrene head to advertise dark glasses in a pharmacy, Les Semboules 


Dubai Airport, 28/8/2018, 00 :10

Open the oven door and put your face in.  That’s what you feel as you step down the flight steps to the waiting buses that will take you to the terminal building.  If you can believe it, the bus takes at least 15 minutes to get there.  No, it’s not airport traffic; it’s the distance.

And I see the terminal building through a haze of exhaustion, a kind of spectacular dream, the nightmare luggage check, rivers of anxious people flowing this way and that.  Then, the trek to the boarding gates from where my ‘plane will lift into the night air above the Arabian desert.  For me, there is no sleeping.  Troubled dozing, maybe.   This is the price I pay for travel.  And yes, I’ll keep paying it.


I amuse myself by taking photographs and long after that I amuse myself again by giving the images graphic treatment.  I share some of them.




And, from the round-corner port I see Table Mountain.  It’s still there.  The airport itself zooms for a minute and then stops.  I feel in a daze.  My friend is standing at the entrance with his Waiting for Godot sign, a little in-group joke we have.  When I see the faces of my country, hear their words, I begin to be touched again,  a feeling that doesn’t actually leave me.  I can feel my second breath.

© Will van der Walt

Well, where would it be?

August, 2018


My graphics (publ by RockCloud)

With thanks to Douglas and Dave for fetching me and welcoming me – friends I have had for more than 58 years.


SERIMA – a kind of rebirth

The Serima Mission Church in Zimbabwe, founded by Father Groeber (1903 – 1972), a Swiss missionary, after the Second World War, is a landmark in the anticipated  rebirth of Africa.

I have not been to Serima and if I had to go it would be a kind of pilgrimage.  The images presented here mostly come from a book.

Father Groeber and sculptors

It is a biding passion for me to see how the artists of the modern world manifest concepts of the sacred;   at the same, how cultures that are not European do this.  The relief work, painting and sculpture of this mission station, facilitated by Father Groeber, is remarkable.

The Last Supper


Last Supper in Ethiopian coptic idiom

He stated that, from the beginning, he tried to keep traditional European images at bay, encouraging the African sculptors to develop a wholly African idiom.  It is probable that he was not entirely successful at this.

FIgures from the Old Testament



The search for the African idiom has yielded great art in the realm of the sacred and I think of the Misa Luba, the Congolese mass, to mention one memorable achievement.  Serima, at a distance, recalls for me, the Romanesque of Europe, but there are elements that are unique as well.  The idea of a “pure” culture is probably a myth.  This work, though, has Africa at its heart.

Scene of Stilling the Storm


Figures from Old Testament

I am uncertain what the link between the Serima art and Shona sculpture is.  I’d be happy if someone could tell me.  In the meantime I can only wonder at this rich creativity coming from a country that has known war and political unrest.

Christ figure


Mother and Child

© Will van der Walt

Les Semboules, Antibes

February, 2018



Book on Serima, details pending


Images – Fr Groeber, Church

Book on Serima, details pending







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