The beautiful photography of Obie Oberholzer


I was at Rhodes University in Grahamstown (now Makhanda) for 23 years. First as a student, then as a teacher. It was a liberal residential English-language university situated in a small town. Despite it’s small size and more rural location, it attracted students such as Wilbur Smith and teachers such as André Brink.

One of the more colourful and well-known academics was Obie Oberholzer, who used to work at the Fine Art department. He was very plain-spoken and hugely talented in the sometimes underrated field of photography. He took striking photographs in small towns and the arid desert. I always remember him telling me that a good camera does not make a good photographer. Obie always saw and captured something that was not visible to the naked eye. That takes incredible talent.

Find Obie’s

Stone sculture in the Richterveld on the Helskloof Pass near Kotzehoop.

These are called ‘Reflections’

The cutlery and the palm tree reflections on the Sokha Beach Resort New Year celebrations in Sihanoukville..
Portland fishing harbor in Maine. Portland is the largest city in the state of Maine and the county seat of Cumberland County. In 2013, the city proper had a population of 66,318, growing 3 percent since the census of 2000, while the urban area had a population of 203,914.
The colourful Flores building reflects in a water pond with water lilies at the Almere Floriade.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Abu Dhabi hosts the third largest mosque in the world – after the ones in Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia. It is named after the founder and first President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He chose the location and took substantial influence on the architecture and the design of the mosque. Based on his vision, the mosque was built with the rise of 11 metres above sea level, and 9.5 metres above the street level so that it is clearly visible from all d
A hot air balloon floats over the small lake in Himeville a small town at the foot of the Drakensberg.
Early morning light catch the Mpumalanga Drakensberg near Mashishing ( was Lydenburg ). The Spekboom River starts in these mountains and flows north-west from here. It is stocked with trout and flows through the Finsbury and TroutKloof Nature Reserves.

and people…


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

4 thoughts

    1. My favourite is also the cutlery. Most people would not have noticed it. But Obie found and captured the beauty in the mundane. It’s like life really. A happy life comes from the small ordinary moments of pure joy.

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