It is almost impossible to capture the ambience of the Owl House and Camel Yard created by the eccentric Miss Helen Martins. Here is another shot in a series I took when visiting her home. For reference I suggest you look at the other shots in the series
Outsider Artist Miss Helen Martins
The interior tablescape pictured here is another shot taken at the home of ‘outsider’ artist Miss Helen Martins. The objects are all items which inspired, or had, special significance for Miss Helen. The leather camels were a gift and became a major theme in her work. The Mona Lisa became the inspiration for a bas-relief and the religious imagery is echoed in the overall ambience of the sculpture garden.
Miss Helen, as she was known, looked after ailing parents for 17 years and after their deaths she was with few prospects in a marginalized Karoo village. She became increasingly reclusive and isolated from the local community. Known to the residents as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden.
It is said that she lay ill in bed one night, considering how dull and grey her life had become, when she resolved, there and then, that she would strive to bring light and colour into her life. That simple decision, to embellish her environment, was to grow into an obsessive urge to express her deepest feelings, her dreams and her desires.
She covered all the walls and ceilings in her house with crushed glass, hung sun and crescent moon shaped mirrors and painted ‘sun-faces’ on windows. In other words she filled her home with objects which reflected light and colour. Once the interior decoration was complete, she began to transform her garden in what is known as ‘The Camel Yard’.
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manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-21 1:31
What a beautiful shot. Splendid warm natural colors you captured here. The sharpness, clarity and lights superbly managed.
willperrett (6712) 2013-04-21 1:32
I don't usually go for still life work, but I make an exception in this case! The light is warm and beautiful (evening light through a window?), and the eclectic and eccentric collection of objets d'art - including what look like wax fruit - is very beguiling.
Romano46 (17554) 2013-04-21 1:38
con questa foto in interno confermi ancora una volta le tue grandi capacità fotografiche.
In un simile ambiente penso che non sia facile fare delle buone foto ed eppure tu ne sei stata capace e il risultato è ottimo.
Bel gioco di luci ed ombre e nitidezza al massimo.
Molto bello il vaso con la frutta in primo piano che diviene il perno della composizione.
Complimenti. Uno scatto ottimamente eseguito.
Ciao e buona domenica
chrisvek (7001) 2013-04-21 3:48
Very wonderful shot with perfect colors.So amazing details and definition.Great POV too.
Have a nice day
krzychu30 (15496) 2013-04-21 4:17
the scene has really nice,kind of retro look.The way you composed the scene,but I think even more its color scheme,full of different warm colors make your composition so unique.Reproduction of details as well as the ambient light are superb.
Have a nice sunday
Sergiom (58770) 2013-04-21 4:38
Cette photo ferait un très beau tableau. Surtout avec ces teintes toutes en douceur. De beaux éléments hétéroclites qui forment un tout agréable.
Urs (14082) 2013-04-21 5:54
First I thought I was looking at a painting, than I read your informative note and understood. Excellent light management with beautiful details and pleasing pastel colour hues. Well done
ourania (30227) 2013-04-21 7:01
after having studied the artwork in the yard of Miss Helen Martin's House, I didn't expect the interior of her house would look like this. A most intriguing picture in which you have captured marvellous soft lighting, shadows and colours. A discreet approach and study. Every object seems highlighted and significant when we look at it, there's a superb distribution of focal points. There's an elusive quality that makes this photo very special and I think that's the personal and intimate atmosphere you have captured and rendered so well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Nicou (120504) 2013-04-21 7:32
quel bel intérieur et image sueprbe vue et captage avec les fruits ces objets quel ensemble et compo splendide.
Bravo et amitié
Silvio1953 (120686) 2013-04-21 8:35
Ciao Rosemary, lovely composition with fantastic interior, excellent clarity, splenddi light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (31488) 2013-04-21 11:32
se, come sembra, fosse un quadro, sicuramente si intitolerebbe "interno con natura morta".
Mi ricorda un certo tipo di impressionismo inglese.
Complimenti, bella atmosfera, dettata da una eccellente esposizione.
marabu61 (8171) 2013-04-21 13:12
This is an arrangement fit of an old dutch painter. The sharpness and claritiy is amazing and the warm colors are very pleasant. Wonderful details on the live of an excentric woman in your note.
have a good start to the new week.
bukitgolfb301 (35462) 2013-04-21 13:38
Hi dear Rosemary
Sorry for my late reply---.
Wow so artstic and fantatsic image for your not usual theme. Greatly sharp and clear presetnation at all!
So nice framework, very well considered composition, andprefessional light management are wonderful to see. Thanks a lot and have a good new week!
Takero from Tokyo
jjcordier (75684) 2013-04-21 21:52
L'intérieur de la maison est très différent des créations un peu extravagantes de l'artiste!La décoration en reste très originale quand même! Tu en as réalisé une très bonne photo avec une belle maîtrise de la lumière.
ifege (10225) 2013-04-21 23:50
A good interior photo Rosemary and I'm glad that you used natural light and not a flash. Well done.
mauro61 (52623) 2013-04-22 0:30
scena di interni ben composta con una luce perfettamente gestita,
thebest (4276) 2013-04-22 1:56
Interesting array of decoration all prized possessions.
The clarity of your image is excellent & the colours are rich & warm.
What I also love is your interesting notes... congratulations they are well written.
papagolf21 (85498) 2013-04-22 3:02
J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance restituée à travers cette composition. Je sais qu'il est très difficile de rendre compte d'un intérieur, aussi, je vous félicite pour le résultat et l'intérêt du sujet.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (30911)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-13
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Exposure: f/18.0, 8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Outsider Artist Miss Helen Martins [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-21 1:25