VETPLANT ( fat plant) is a work in progress – a series of succulent photographs taken in my studio. My approach is formal – not unl ike that of a por trai t photographer – by using control led l ight ing and a f lat , neutral background, I tr y to capture and dramat ize the character of the plant . I am inspired by the sheer beauty of the plants and am more interested in capturing their sensual and sculptural shapes than their blooms. Succulents are symbols of opt imism – they embody nature’s evolvement in overcoming adversi ty. They are tough and resi l ient , able to adapt to sur vive the harshest possible condi t ions – they not only persist in the face of hardship, they f lourish. Therein l ies a lesson from the aloes. Jac de Vi l l iers Thanks to André & Corné of Riebeeck Valley Garden Centre VE T P LANT

Cras su l a f a l ca t a

Al oe zebr i na

Al oe supra fo l i a t a

Al oe karasbergens i s

Pachypod i um rosu l a tum var. cac t i pes

Al oe arborescens

S t r i a t a x macu l a t a

Hawor th i a re i nwardt i i

Hawor th i a scabra

ras su l a per fo l i a t a

Se l en i cereus anthonyanus

Phy l l obo l us d i g i t a tus ~ ‘Vi nger-en-du imp i e ’

Corpuscu l ar i a sp.

Ti l l ands i a xeropgraph i ca

Pachyphy tum ov i ferum

As t rophy tum as ter i as super kabuto

L i thops o l i vacea

Euphorb i a t i ruca l l i

Gas ter i a g l omera t a

Ka l anchoe l uc i ae

Ech i nocereus r i g i d i s s imus v. Rubr i sp i nus

Gymnoca l yc i um mi hanov i ch i i

Che i r i dops i s p i l ans i i

Pachycereus schot t i i var. Mons t rosus

Pachyphy tum v i r i de

Ti l l ands i a dura t i i

Hawor th i a venosa

Smi cros t i gma v i r i de

S toeber i a arborea

Conophy tum t runca tum

Rh i psa l i s bacc i fera

jacdevi l l PRINT SIZES The succulent images are printed on archival avai lable in 2 sizes: 1. Image size: 49X44cm. Ink jet printed on 69X56cm. Hahnemüehle Photo Rag paper, weight 308gms. Numbered and signed. Limited edition of 50 2. Image size: 28.5X25.7cm ink jet printed on 40.7X30.5cm. Canon lustre archival paper. Numbered and signed. Limited edition of 250 The prints can also be ordered framed in natural kiaat