Danie Bester’s “Silent Concrete” on display at Decorex Johannesburg, 2016
One of Danie Bester’s signature prints, Silent Concrete is on display at Decorex Johannesburg at Décor Identity’s stand.   The delightful, contemporary stand, forms part of the 100% Design South Africa initiative. The initiative encourages and feature work by South African designers and artists only. Elisha Annandale, the owner of Decor Identity, chose Danie’s print as one of the main attractions of her display. The limited edition, framed print of the Gautrain Bridge, is almost 2 meters wide and makes a striking visual statement. It comes from Danie’s fine art architectural series, Silent Concrete. The silent concrete collection depicts concrete structures, fly-overs, and bridges in an almost post-apocalyptic way. This timeless, black and white, panoramic artwork will look beautiful in most modern, or eclectic interiors. Danie hopes to add another few studies to the collection within the next year. Feel free to contact Danie for a personal viewing.    (Update 06 September 2016) Below is a short video clip by Decorex, interviewing Elisha and showing off the Decor Identity stand at the 2016 show. Danie’s print is visible behind Elisha during her insightful interview.  
Duplicity | Urban Impressionism
Last month I went out to Johannesburg with a small group of DPC students to teach visual composition. As soon as we got together, I saw these two religious women approaching us. I realised they might just walk by one of my favourite spots; a red coloured wall, which was only a block away. I immediately indicated to my students to follow me, and I followed them from the other side of the road. I wanted to stay unobtrusive, but it was pretty difficult with a group of people following me! I hoped they wouldn’t turn away at the street corner ahead, and as they crossed the street, I knew they are going to pass that red wall. We were fortunate indeed!   While following them, I made a decision to use a slow shutter speed in order to create an impressionistic image. On the trot, I switched to Aperture Priority, knowing that I would have little time to make exposure decisions. It was a bright morning, so I stopped down the lens to f/16. With my ISO at 50, I knew the shutter speed would be really slow. I hoped that the movement blur of their white robes against the red wall, […]
Ballito Bay| Fine Art Seascapes
I’ve spend a few days with the family, attending a wedding at Ballito Bay. The skies were quite dramatic over the period and allowed me to create really long exposure fine art seascapes.    Location: Ballito Bay, Dolphin Coast, Kwazulu Natal Collection: Seascapes 2015
Klippiesbaai | Fine Art Seascapes
Our final day out towards Betty’s Baai we stopped over at Klippiesbaai. The wind was fairly strong and the medium to dark dark clouds allowed me to capture really long exposures of the ancient rock formations.   Location: Klippiesbaai, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015    
Scarborough Beach | Fine Art Seascapes
Collection of 3 fine art seascape photographs I shot on a very windy day. The wind was so fierce that I could not use my ND filters for ultra long exposures, but the clouds were absolutely fantastic at sunset time and the results were really dramatic!    Location: Scarborough Beach, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015
Hangklip Impressionist | Fine Art Seascapes
I created a series of impressionist photographs of waves in the vicinity of Hangklip.  Location: Hangklip, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015
Llandudno Beach | Fine Art Seascapes
Spend the morning out with Nolan Lister, who introduced me to Llandudno Beach. The skies were quite drab and overcast, but with little drama in the clouds, but perfectly suited very long exposures. The rock formations exposed at lo tide allowed me to follow a minimalist approach.    Location: Llandudno Beach, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015   
Cape Point | Fine Art Seascapes
Sharing a few fine art seascapes I have captured near Cape Point over False Bay.     Location: Cape Point, Western Cape  Collection: Seascapes 2015
Noordhoek Beach | Fine Art Seascapes
Here are a few long exposure, minimalist fine art seascapes I captured at Noordhoek Beach at low-tide.    Location: Noordhoek Beach, Kommetjie, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015    
Misty Cliffs | Fine Art Seascapes
Captured a series of very dramatic images in dense fog at Misty Cliffs on my second day out.    Location: Misty Cliffs, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015
Long Beach, Impressionist | Fine Art Seascapes
Sharing a few of my favourite impressionist seascapes I shot at Long Beach over the past few years.   Location: Long Beach, Kommetjie, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015
Shadow World, Johannesburg | Urban Impressionism
Sharing a few random street scenes and informal portraits I shot in the Maboneng Precinct yesterday.   Location: Jeppestown, Johannesburg
Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa
Danie Bester’s fine art photography is featured in the Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa (Page 26-27). The beautiful hard-cover coffee table book feature over 300 SA Artists, mini-biographies and 1078 pieces of art. The central theme reads “a Visual Journey into the Thoughts, Emotions and Minds of 308 Artists”. The book will be available in book-stores at R295 soon. If you are interested in buying the book, Contact the Publishers at “Art and Artists in South Africa” or if you would like to place a postal order, contact Jenna Bester at 079 520-4436.     Name-list of Artists covered:    a) Joan Abrahams, Fiona Almeleh, Jean Abrie, Jen Adam, Darren Aiken, Fil Angelakis, Sally Arnold, Katharine Ambrose, Wendy Anziska, Beth Diane Armstrong, Heather Auer, b) Penny Baillie, Louise Barnard, Lerentia Basson, Natasha Barnes, Dawn Beadle, Jacqueline Bekker, Carl Becker, Richard Becker, Kirsten Beets, Christiane Behrmann, Marguerite Beneke, Brenda Berger, Caren Bestbier, Danie Bester, Daphne Bester, Stephanie Bester, Hilda Beukes, Janet Bester Spaun, Bowen Boshier, Dana Biddle, Chrissie Boltman, Joja Blom, Doret Bonthuys, Carla Bosch, Renee Bosman, Janet Botes, Cherylin Botha-Louw, Desiree Brand, Doris Brand, Anton Brink, Koos Bronkhorst, Roy Brooks, Anna-Mare Buys, Liesel Brune, Maretha Burger-Champion, Terenia […]
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Haunting Shadows | Urban Impressionism
On Saturday I was driving back home from Johannesburg on Joe Slovo Drive, when I passed this scene. I couldn’t help to admire the elongated shadow casts against a bright orange wall. I immediately pulled off the road and thought to wait for an interesting person to walk into the scene. After waiting only a few minutes, this woman walked into the scene and I was fortunate to capture a few frames.    Why the image works?  The dark shadows, and the visual flow, created by the lines and the motion blur on the woman. I particularly like the contrast between foreground and background. Especially how the orderly lines in the foreground are juxtaposed against the chaotic shadow casts.    Location: Jeppestown, Johannesburg
Rafiek | Portrait Study
Some time ago, I was out teaching a practical photography class in Newtown when this interesting man walked past us.  I couldn’t resist asking him for a portrait and he jovially agreed. We learned his name was Rafiek. I had him turned towards a bright area to get some catch-light in his eyes. Selectively focusing on his eyes using the tilt function of my 90mm tilt-shift lens revealed his cheerful and amiable character.    Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Pylons | Minimalist Photography Studies
Minimalist, Black and White Photographic Study, Pylons and Power Lines outside Duvha Power Station, near Emalahleni, South Africa, 2013 | Fine Art Photography by Danie Bester
Nkululeko | Portrait Study of a Homeless Man
Black and White studies of a homeless man just opposite Museum Africa in Newtown.  I couldn’t resist to take a series of pictures of this man who was uncomfortable with me photographing him. He kept on turning his face away every time I pointed the camera at him, but I persisted taking a few candid shots. Eventually I approached him and he shyly agreed I could take a formal portrait. His name is Nkululeko, which in Xhosa means “Freedom”.    Location: Newtown, Johannesburg
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