eyeeyecaptain http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net see where you're heading Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:10:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.21 Smart Start http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=130 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=130#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:50:52 +0000 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=130 Yesterday was the day Stellenbosch woke up with an orange sun. Jonkershoek was burning and it seems to me that weather affects Capetonians more than our other half up North. #Jozi.  Down here, we talk about the weather a lot. Its a great determining factor. Its the director of our days. So that orange sun with that eerie milky sky with ash lying and flying everywhere made the concept of something changing, very real to me.
We’ve been gloomy for a week as the Cape was litterally burning the whole of last week and one of our firefighters succumbed to its power. Then last night, late i saw this picture
And it all became very clear to me that this is a phoenix moment. Out there on our mountains and in my life as well as in those souls who’s paths are going to cross mine in the time to come. So what is to come will be my Ode to That Great Wisdom.

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knot so http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=112 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=112#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:38:54 +0000 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=112 Knot So

My father’s uncle worked in a bank in Johannesburg when i was small. He collected all the post office rope from the packages and parcels they received and passed it on to us for use, in whatever way…. I saved a little roll and just kept it with me through the many times i moved house, cities and continents. I use it as a prop now.

This lovely knotted hairstyle of a young bavarian farm girl, is a page from an ‘Interview’ magazine. Before Pinterest we had to tear pages from our favorite magazines 😉

Being the hoarder that i am, you can imagine the piles of pictures i collected, anyway, here’s another:

Some beautiful indian man selling water lilies, from a newspaper page i kept. My Rope & What Knot Obsession goes on to this day. Here are some more contemporary finds: The ideal bit of rope:

INSTALLATION & PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ali of A NOBLE SAVAGE

And THIS IS HOW i rediscovered my love of the knot:

After watching ‘The secret of Roan Inish’, one thing stayed with me for some time afterwards: Fiona and her cousin goes over their knowledge of knots, like homework before a test. Traditional fisherman’s knots i suppose they were- but first something about the movie:

10 Year old Fiona Connely goes to visit her Grandparents in a vishing village in Donegal and her curious mind leads the way for her to discover her true identity and her family roots.

the film illustrates the ancient selkie legend which is something i really struggled to imagine what with a seal turning into a woman and how she finds her skin after a very long time and returns to the sea. I get it now, visually, i mean. It was beautifully done and i understand now that it is a ‘woman who run with wolves’ kind of thing. Return to Self.

This little boy gets looked after the seals for some time and whenever he gets a fright he jumps in that beautiful little wooden cradle and rocks his little boat back to the deep, you have to see it!

I am no girl scout so i never learned my knots BUT I thought it a great opportunity to teach my kids some knots and maybe apply it to a thing or two. Next 2 photographs from fusionknots.com , go see:

diamond knot

eternity knot

Love the lines and i do love a natural fiber, woven rope.
Knotting to the max: Macrame by Sarah Pakes. Look at her other work.

and lets end with another beautiful collection from a noble savage. Why not:

INSTALLATION & PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ali of A NOBLE

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Christopher and the giant tortoise. http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=103 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=103#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:07:05 +0000 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=103 wpid-tortoise.jpgChristopher had a bad dream last night. When i asked him in the morning what it was about, he did not want to say but, says he ‘i had a marvelous dream when i fell asleep after that”. He met a giant tortoise who helped him get over the huge waves, to get to a cave full of diamonds. What did he do with the diamonds i ask. Brought me one because i was angry.

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Emir Kusturica : Black Cat White Cat http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=93 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=93#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:47:17 +0000 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=93

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Visual pleasure from the word go. I saw his ‘time of the gypsies’ many years ago while in University. I appreciated the rawness and sheer honesty with which he portrays his characters. There is such grand contrasts between the 3 generations: The weather beaten wisdom and instinct of the old folks, the saturated greed and flamboyant folly of the middle agers and the very freshness, purity and focus of the young ones. Kusturica beautifully captured the Eastern European light (along the banks of the Danube) and again contrasts it so beautifully against the drama of the interiors in order to portray his folklore.

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Obi NOT Kinobi http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=5 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=5#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:56:18 +0000 http://eyeeyecaptain.co.za.www404.jnb1.host-h.net/?p=5