This photo compostition from Pihe takes me right back in to the world of Hungarian folk stories.

Postcard from Szentendre

Kokero says about Pihe’s work:
“I could never determine pihe’s art. He does everything, from HDR through artistic manipulations to sensitive portraits – and always surprises me.
I am only sure about one thing: that he really feels the camera. I think he is a devoted and erudite artist in love with photography and his camera, and I suspect, with ART in usual. His approach to the objects of his photography is very delicate – like if he was being watchful and careful not to meddle in the “system” of the compositions or souls of “things”. I can feel this respect even when he manipulates his works. I think he actually brings out the contents that are already there – but were hidden to our eyes. Thank you for showing the hidden meanings, pihe!”


Photo of the day

(photo from here)

Ishtar’s comment on the photo :

I don’t ask myself how they stuffed the camel in the cab; I have some ideas popping up in the back of my head but I’d rather not think about them. 🙂 At least the camel looks comfortable when the cameraman stopped by!

Besides, Niger is far too underdeveloped to fake pictures! If they would, I think they’d have removed the camel (from the picture) instead!

Zsolt’s latest


Michael Poliza has uploaded some new photos. – check them if you have  some time.Lake Natron

Peet is a photographer / scientist from Potchefstroom. See some of his science animations here.

Amazing photos – great way to get to know African wildlife.

Visit Peet’s Flickr profile for more.

PeetVS photos

OpenCafe historyThis weekend we got together with a few “old OpenCafe people”. It was great to see Netanya again – we also got a surprise visit from Tobias and Sosh.

Netanya was our first ArtMarket artist and Tobias came to visit us on our first Linux fest back in the days in 2004. They have been working with us and have kept in touch no matter where they were in the country (guys thanks SO MUCH for all the support!).

The OpenCafe project started somewere in 2000 when we registered the domain. We planned to create a support desk for computer and Internet users here in Potchefstroom. We just arrived then – we had no clue what the people are like – we had no experience in running a telecenter or icafe or any other project of this kind.

Around 2001 we set up our first open source thin client “mini-cafe” and started our first trials – with artists, members of ngos and local sport clubs. We started teaching basic computer skills to the local Bambanani youth project, taught web site design skills to Netanya, set up a gazebo on local fleamarkets and even the Aardklop festival – a lot of different projects – we tested them one after the other to see how it all works on a day-to-day basis.

In 2003 we submitted a proposal to the Shuttleworth Foundation for the setup of an open source thin-client Internet cafe and in 2004 our application was approved and we received seed capital from the foundation for the setup of our cafe. We bought all the computers, workstations, and all other equipment and setup our cafe complete with 15 workstations all running Mandrake Linux. That was amazing – once everything was all done – we organized a launch and invited a lot of people from the local schools, universities and local municipality to get to know the cafe.

We were not really sure where we are heading with this project – we were sure of some of the concepts – open source, Internet, community center, training, open source style projects, cross cultural projects, open content, creative commons, open communitites – these are the concepts we were focusing on. In other words – our plans with the OpenCafe is much more than just an open source Icafe – it must be able to do more with all the available software, projects, training materials, online communities – than just being an Internet cafe selling Internet use and doing some printing.

We have done many such projects – we have worked with artists and published our first book under a Creative Commons license a few months after our launch, we have set up free art sites for artists and taught them how to manage their sites and how to use online tools like blogs, etc. We have also taken part in open source development projects and Linux training projects.

Looking back at all the projects we have started, all the people we met – we definitely learned a lot.

The first thing we learned is that for most people concepts like open source or open content is very unclear unless there are practical and tangible examples in front of them that demonstrates the use of a specific open source application or a Creative Commons based training programme. This is what we have to focus on a bit more intensively in the next years to come if we want to get closer to the type of community center we had in mind back in 2001.

The second thing we learned is that – sadly – even though the name is “Open”Cafe – we do have to close it sometimes and relax – otherwise we end up with real messy projects.

Visit OpenCafe history photoset on Flickr to see what the OpenCafe has been up to so far and if you have any ideas on great open source/open content projects for our cafe – please let us know by leaving a comment on this blog!

Yesterday we saw an amazing rainbow appear for a short time over the cafe – while we were having a party outside. I tried to take a photo…. but what is on this photo is just a poor version of what we actually saw. I wish I had a better camera for moments like these.

Rainbow over the OpenCafe

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