Botswana Grass Series

Artist Statement

The photographs come from an area in north-eastern Botswana, near Pandamatenga, where the native grasses are harvested for thatching roofs, basketry and for the making of hand brooms. I became aware of the harvest on the way from Gaborone, the capital, to Kasani, an area near the Chobe Game Reserve. The harvesters compound was comprised of walls made from the bundled grass they were drying. Having worked photographically with grasses native to California, I couldn’t pass these up.

I am interested in these rows of man-made bundles for their systematic repetition of line and form which shows man’s tendency to control nature and nature’s tendency to escape those confines. The variety of lines within the system shows natures propensity for variation.

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  • Blue Gum
  • Burn Pile
  • BW Grass
  • Glacier
  • Goatskin
  • Mill Creek
  • Port Orford
  • Botswana Grass Series
  • Botswana Grass Series 2
  • Botswana Grass Series 4
  • Botswana Grass Series 5
  • Botswana Grass Series 6
  • Botswana Grass Series 7
  • Botswana Grass Series 8
  • Botswana Grass Series 9
  • Botswana Grass Series 10
  • Botswana Grass Series 11
  • Botswana Grass Series 12
  • Botswana Grass Series 13
  • Botswana Grass Series 14
  • Botswana Grass Series 15