Tropika explores the idea of what may often, on the surface, appear idyllic elements in the image, but continues Rossouw’s key process of direct personal dialogue with his subjects, the sense of self in strange surroundings.
Apparently incidental motifs and objects transform with the play of multiple light sources and pigment to the point where their original forms become blurred from the recognizable. Aged, water-damaged concrete becomes bioluminescent waves in a state of stormy unrest, a drape of fabric evokes forgotten ritual.
The photograph does not exist in isolation, but forms fluid associations and connections, with each image an invitation to the viewer by both photographer and subject into a moment within their greater exchange. Tropika animates these feelings of dislocation between home and away, light and dark, chaos and calm.