Herman Van Bon, Stanford, South Africa Member Since March 2013 Artist Statement "Everything you can imagine is real" - Pablo Picasso.
"Every journey of a 1000 miles begins with the first step" - African proverb.
Before restoring a historical botanical garden in South Africa (a journey that Herman and his wife Yvonne started in 2000 and lasted 11 years) Herman was active as a freelance (photo-)journalist in Holland. After his retirement in 2011 he picked up his old hobby photography again but now in the digital age. Armed with a Sony A77 camera and diverse lenses plus an Apple Mac with Photoshop CS6 Herman creates, next to traditional landscapes and garden images, 'imaginaries' which consist of elements from diverse pictures. Those elements vary from flower stamens (or even sand grains) to large buildings.