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The Boer Wars by Peter Zentjens

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Here is another still life from my “Nostalgia” series. This too is created with the “painted with light” technique and digitally enhanced. The typical effect of that technique is less noticeable here though.

The lovely old camera is an Agfa Billy I for those of you who are interested.


  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethabout 7 years ago

    cursed boers. us aussies fought them too you know.

  • lol

    – Peter Zentjens

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethabout 7 years ago

    dont laugh at our war path attempts against the boers.
    they had sharp spoons you know – we could have got hurt.

  • I didn’t even know you were involved. Maybe I should read that book instead of photographing it.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethabout 7 years ago

    us aussies like getting into wars that have nothing to do with us.
    out of misplaced loyalty we headed into that one cos we liked to think of ourselves as loyal british servants…
    now we dont go to war for other countries

    thankfully we took their spoons away.

  • Quigi
    Quigiabout 7 years ago

    Great shot. Wonderfully put together.

  • Thanks quigi!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Birgitta
    Birgittaabout 7 years ago

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever hear of “painted with light” though something
    about it seems very familiar! I’d be interested to learn more about that technique
    for sure, because lighting is of utmost importance to me in photography. You’ve
    brought an old world feeling to this photo, and the movie title “Out Of Africa” springs
    to mind. (a favourite of mine. :) I like this very much!

  • Thanks Birgitta. Painted with light means, basically, that you make it pitch dark and start waving about with a flashlight. You literally paint stripes of light over your subject this way. I can highly recommend a look at the work of Emil Schildt (nude art). His work is what inspired me to give it a shot, though our subjects are completely different and I don’t even come close to what he creates.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Hiroko
    Hirokoabout 7 years ago

    love the nostalgic tones, super shot

  • donald beynon
    donald beynonabout 7 years ago

    magnif love it you know me i love this stuff.

  • A man who can appreciate a still life. Thanks Donald.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • donald beynon
    donald beynonalmost 7 years ago

    thats me awesome work peter.

  • Alexander Gitlits
    Alexander Gitlitsalmost 7 years ago

    Excellent nastalgic image.

  • Sometimes Nostalgia just is my middle name. Thanks for the comment Alexander.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanalmost 7 years ago

    Magnificent journey man. You could cut this nostalgia with a knife – so to speak. Love it .)

  • Thanks for both the comment and the fav, really appreciate it.

    – Peter Zentjens

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