This picture by Bibi Euse is made in an extraordinarily happy moment, in her favorite place in Colombia.
This happiness is important to Bibi: her intentions when taking this picture can be transferred to you.
She told me the touching story behind this picture, and it changed the way I look at it.
Thinking of a place
Photographer Bibi Euse was drawn to this scene, in the middle of an isolated island in the Caribbean Sea. During her first visit she fell in love with the place, as many people do: it became her favorite place in Colombia. She promised to go back, and did two weeks later. “I’m a very intense person. I felt that something was calling me, and I went back.”
A kid with learning problems was fascinated with her and her camera, and took Bibi on walks to unknown places. The center of the island is a magical world filled with banana plantations.
“It’s probably the calmest walk you can make. You can’t imagine how peaceful that place is, it’s just like shades of greens and blues. When you are in the Caribbean, the skies are very blue. This contrast between the sea and the sky works very beautifully, and when there’s green in between, wow: l always feel like I am on drugs” (laughs).
"This beauty can be so absorbing. I had the capacity to express that on my picture. I can’t process colours just randomly, I try to get as close as I can.”
More than a banana tree
What makes the picture even more special, is the 3D-effect where the leaves come out from the background.
Bibi didn’t use flash but shows exactly what she was seeing; only the scorching heat, you’ll have to imagine yourself. “For me it’s one of the most peaceful images. It’s more than a banana tree.”
We finished the picture in two sizes and two frame colors. The biggest size has a white painted, wooden frame (Bibi’s favorite). The smaller size is framed in dark stained wood. This way, you can choose the desired effect for your place!
The small 'Mango' and 'Banana Plantation' are on view at Ego & Vertoon's Designer Loft in Antwerp; the big ones can be adored in The Co.lab in Mechelen.