I love white spaces, spaces that you can do anything with. A white space can look different every day.
One of my favourite white spaces is in the Wanderers Building at the Dimension Data Campus in Bryanston where The Forum conference facility is located. I unfortunately don’t have photos of that space.
The photos I’m showcasing today is of the space at the Standard Bank Gallery in the Joburg city centre. In September last year they exhibited Justin Fiske’s kinetic sculptures. They are astonishing, how they just hang, move or come to a standstill. Or just stand still yet seem as though they are in movement.
As the observer physically interacts with the sculpture they become simultaneously the observed. I love that, something so quantum about it.
The gallery also represents a space without boundaries, where each artist makes it their own, yet at the same time it is contained by walls – the incongruity of space and limits. Or is it space vs. limits?
WordPress's weekly photo challenge this week is Room. Like a few other English words, Room means two contradictory things. It can be the four walls that enclose us, giving us shelter and comfort but also limiting our movement. It’s also the limitless space into which we can wander and which we can fill — or try to (think about that expression, “room to grow”).
Check out more interpretations of the this week's theme here:
On the move – by car, train, motorbike, rickshaw, bicycle, elephant, bus, on foot…that’s how I experienced India. Everyone one the move in some way or another, round the clock. Getting from A to B can be a challenge in India but this doesn’t deter anyone. I saw a family of 5 on a scooter: Dad in front with young son in front of him on the running board. Behind him sat the Mom, in a sari riding side-saddle – wedged in between the Mom and Dad was a little girl. In Mom’s arms (and I remind you once again that she was riding side-saddle in a sari holding onto her husband with 1 arm) was a small bundle of what looked like a new born baby. Click on the images below and browse through the gallery to see some of India on the move.
Arrival in Agra on the early morning train from Delhi
On the way to Jaipur – look at the small bakkie carrying people next to the lorry piled sky-high with logs!
Two-wheeled non-motorised delivery convoy in New Delhi
An elephant will do too
Taking a ride on a rickshaw – negotiate your price before you get in because the meter will most likely be off
Trucks in India are brightly coloured, adorned with decorations of religious symbols and music blares full-blast for everyone to hear they are on the road
Scooters, motorbikes. There are as many motorbikes as people in India (I think!)
These shoes were made for walking. Everyone walks with a purpose in New Delhi old city
Cycle-rickshaw – not the most comfortable of rides but cheaper than the motorised version
Social Entrepreneur, chief wide eyed in wanderer, wonderer and bottlewasher