Sweet Simplicity by Andrew Paranavitana


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It’s been a while since I looked at photos from my travels. While flicking through them today, I came across this one, taken in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The locals you see here are poling themselves across the Delta to an island in it’s centre. They are using mokoros, African style gondolas that are carved from a single tree trunk.

These people live the simplest of lives, never asking for more and more than happy with what they have. Not influenced by technology, media or western culture in any way. They live their lives the best way they know how, and it was so liberating being able to spend a few days with them, and remember the things that really count.

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Original photo below, edited in Photoshop CS4. Textures added from www.deviantart.com – free use stock.

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

Recreating the world as we forgot it..

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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    …and remember the things that really count. Parmi it is a beautiful memory you share with us, and nice reminder through this lovely shot you have breathed new life into with your treatment.

  • Always such a pleasure when I get to receive a comment like this! Thanks so much Rosie, it’s great sharing them with you :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghabout 4 years ago

    Yes, I do like the treatment you’ve given it. Very nice indeed.

  • Thank you so much Lorriane!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoabout 4 years ago

    This is soo pretty Andrew, wonderful treatment!

  • Very much appreciated Lore, thanks so much :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 4 years ago

    Looks awesome Andrew…….beautiful capture and stunning texture. You made the original into a stunning artwork !!

  • Wonderful compliment to receive from you Sean, thank you very much mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballabout 4 years ago

    fantastic post work andrew!

  • Thank you so much John!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • driftindreamin
    driftindreaminabout 4 years ago

    nice treament

  • Cheers Michael, thanks a lot mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 4 years ago

    Incredible work Andrew!! :)

  • Always appreciated Keith, thanks mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant work Andrew!

  • Thank you kindly mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks a lot Sylvia :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • linaji
    linajiabout 4 years ago

    Wow you done good!!!!!! this is a lovely series of work Andrew

  • Very kind of you to say linaji, thanks a lot!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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