FROM GENESIS TO EXODUS
An orchard of blooming apple blossom. Dew fresh tomatoes draped down a vine. Recently harvested shiny black brinjals waiting to be picked at your green grocer. Giant-like frankfurters hanging from a Sausage tree, weighed down by the oppressive African heat. And glistening plums that turn into sweet tasting shrivelled prunes.
These photographs on watercolour paper are a tribute to the Genesis and Exodus of life.
Genesis of Brinjal
In ‘Genesis of Brinjal’, it was a fraction of a moment when I saw sunlight splash its colour on a newborn Brinjal baby.
A forgotten apple slowly mutates towards its own Exodus. Blemishes age this once golden orb into its final exit, only to be born again one fine spring day.
Gone are her pink blossoms and warm red glow. Forsaken by the apple pickers walking the orchard pathways, she now lays sodden under nature’s breath. This dying apple waits for the reaper’s final embrace. Slowly she transmutes to her definitive conclusion. But she knows that soon, one fine paradise dawn, she will be born again, perfect, to be the object of every Fruitarian’s desire.
52 degrees centigrade. Fallen to the ground, I watched her bake in the sun. Abandoned amongst her mother’s fallen leaves — her ripeness gone, her crown shrivelled. Once Persephone’s temptation, now parched like an alien from Mars. Her eyes sagged, her wrinkles curled. As she waited for father time to whisk her to her next life I watched her last teardrop shrivel. Then she was gone.
Birth of Spring
After the rain, came the sunshine with bright skies of sapphire blue.
Through the rotting bracken the flowers grew. It was time to smile — the scents of spring had finally arrived.