Long Distance – A solo exhibition by Obie Oberholzer

A shooting star

So many stars in the sky, but in this life we find few shooting stars – crazy individuals that do not conform as any of the other millions of stars that never leave their posts. Yes, few are set to streak across the skies, often from horison to horison, appearing from apparently nowhere. But what would a shooting star shoot at? Oh, pretty much the stuff that so many photographers find hard to find, and having found never quite seem to kill.

Michael Jordan, that famous basketball player said the following about shooting: “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.” Obie Oberholzer, uncompromising photographer of the impossible, shows a similar extreme daring when he embraces the world, when he takes his shots. He ventures far and wide, risking life and limb, and cooking-up unmentionables in the post-production kitchen, so that we may marvel at the final shot – in the words of Buzz Lightyear: “To infinity and beyond.” Many of us have felt the extreme pleasure (and pain) of clashing into that uncompromising head where the integrity of the shot is all that counts. Allow me to say that there is only one Obie, or should I say – Obie-one.

Obie-one, intergalactic traveller and lone planet wanderer at his ´Long Distance´ exhibition is on a quest to uncover an extraordinary brand of bliss for the world to behold. The word ‘planet’ comes from the ancient Greek word planētēs meaning ‘wanderer’. Give a thought for the lone star set to roam and wander, daring to shoot, no matter the cost. Do not miss the spectacle when one of South Africa’s great shooting stars streaks the heavens.

Willem Boshoff

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