at the aloes

  at the aloes 
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In this photo-montage, a cluster of aloes (about a meter high, maximum) is the focal point of a long, narrow island extending into the distance. I imagine the aloes scattered all along the length of the island's rocky interior, so that in a sense the island itself is as much the focal point as the plants.

As I've discussed earlier, small islands fascinate me in general because of their clear delineation and ease of discovery. 

This is so far my only work containing clear evidence of humanity.  The inclusion of the fishing boats was a function of the photographs I had available, but right away I decided that they contribute to the concept by directing attention to the center of the composition.  It almost looks as though the boats have arrived at the island for the sole purpose of visiting the aloes...hence the title.

Nosy Ve, Madagascar, seen from offshore (my photo)

Nosy Ve, Madagascar, seen from offshore (my photo)

The images at left and right were photographed on Nose Ve (translation "Is it an Island?"), a renowned diving spot offshore from the city of Tulear in southwestern Madagascar.  The island is basically a sandbar, only a few meters wide - there are small aloes away from the beach that gave me the idea for this composition, but there are no rocks or topography.  In addition to the aloes and the unnaturally blue water (just as it appears in the photo), my ability to cross the island in a few steps was expectedly quite exciting for me.

The central image is also from Madagascar - specifically the Lokaro Peninsula in the Southeast.  I remember wishing (as usual) that these aloes were instead on an island - and given that they were growing just behind a beach, their "relocation" to Nose Ve seemed natural.

Darren