My Fynbos piece was selected to be included in the iJusi Portfolio #2, which followed from the success of Portfolio #1. This second portfolio explores concepts surrounding lettering and typography that are integral to the image in the context of the 'African Experience'.
South African fynbos grows in a 100km to 200km wide coastal belt stretching from the West Coast to the south-east coast. It makes up 80% of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a world of finely branched plants exquisitely adapted to flourish in poor soils and wildly varying rainfall. The Cape Peninsula alone has 2,285 species on an area a third the size of greater London. It has three times more plant species per square kilometre than those fabulously lush rainforests.
For this, it was declared one of the world's 34 biodiversity 'hot spots', and in 2004, was confirmed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I created this artwork using actual fynbos leaves and flowers, and photographed it for the portfolio.