Aloidendron Dichotomum (Orange River), 2020
PFR295 FineArt Rag (295 g/m²)
About the Artist
Filipa Domingues (b.1983, South Africa) is an award winning film producer and stills photographer, her photographic work has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines including a spread in National Geographic. Filipa’s latest photography venture “CheckMyPlants” is photographing rare and unusual plants, specifically indigenous South Africa succulents against a black background, using natural light only, waiting for the perfect light which only occurs on some days. Featured on CNN Inside Africa “Through the lens”Showcasing 8 unique photographers in Cape Town during lockdown. Also featured in Business Insider’s Top 10 iPhone photographers as well as Condé Nast House & Garden; ‘7 Top Creatives to follow in 2018’. Her work has appeared on the Expresso Show and she recently was part of the all woman group Installation ‘A Taste of Memories; with world renowned illustrator Ree Treweek and visual projection artist Inka Kendzia. Ahead of her first solo exhibition in September 2019, Filipa exclusively curated 4 limited-release ‘CheckMyPlants’ Smeg retro fridges as the ultimate collectors’ items. These bespoke pieces feature her visually spectacular stills of iconic South African plants with Smeg’s black retro fridge as the canvas to perfectly emulate her signature style photography. Filipa lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
About the Artwork
This Aloidendron dichotomum was photographed in a beautiful Kokerboom Forest near the Orange River which is on the border of Namibia. It has a rich history with the San people who used large trunks of dead trees to hollow out to form quivers for their arrows. They also used them as a natural fridge. Water, meat and vegetables are stored inside it. (Mind blown 🤯) The fibrous tissue of the trunk has a cooling effect as air passes through it, so it’s a so-called natural fridge.There’s been a serious drought in that part of the country so there were many Kokerbooms dying.