Sparkling Moments

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
                                                                                                        ― Roald Dahl

Creating images of sparkling moments for me is a means to be able to watch the world with wonder… Images that touch my soul make me happy. They remind me of great and sparkling moments… That is why I take pictures…

With regards to ‘seeing’, I believe that every image has a different meaning for the onlooker. Finding out what the differences and similarities are between the way people look at images, is one of my core drives.

At the same time, (some) contrast is necessary to take a good picture… No black without white… Typhoon, a Dutch artist, explains this in one of his songs ‘Van de regen naar de zon’ (From the Rain to the Sun) very beautifully:

Without the Dark, the Light can not know Itself (…)
― Typhoon

For me, this also applies to life. There’s a (sometimes small) gift in every ‘dark’ situation.

When you look at my pictures, what do you see? I hope you see that I like to set the spotlight upon things that might go unnoticed to others?

That is also how I like to co-create with Sparklecamper co-travellers… If you need a new image in your head or mind, maybe together we can light up the part that you need to succeed with that what makes your eyes sparkle?

“There’s a crack in everything… that’s how the light gets in” – – Leonard Cohen, Anthem. Light sparkling through the dark wood, Elp, The Netherlands, during the Permanent Beta Festival 2016, by Annemiek Scholten
Slea Head, Dingle, December 2016, during the amazing music festival Eir Other Voices in Dingle, Ireland, by Annemiek Scholten
How beautiful clouds can be…. Do you look up at the sky often enought? In Ireland I saw Air Fire, taken in West Cork one afternoon in August 2016, by Annemiek Scholten
A lock with no key… are you curious enough to watch behind the colours? Taken somewhere in Cork, August 2016, by Annemiek Scholten
The effect of sulphur on nature, close up, taken in Rotorua, New Zealand, by Annemiek Scholten, August 2004
Autumn colours, the yellow standing out amongst the dark reds. Do you dare to stand out? Or do you discolour yourself to fit in? Taken by Annemiek Scholten at ’t Plantsoen, Leiden, The Netherlands, Autumn 2012
Feather, finding ground… Feathers, so light and white, sometimes need ground to rest a little… Grounding can make a person feel better too. Through my practice of Nia, I can help you to ground too. Taken during a sailing trip with Wadzeilers on the Dutch Wadden Sea, by Annemiek Scholten, Autumn 2013
Amazing view in West Cork… Wish I could live there for at least a few months a year… Taken near Mizen Head, by Annemiek Scholten, August 2016
Sunlight on a treebranch, in a beautiful wood, always makes my heart jump for joy… What makes your heart sparkle? Taken in the forest in Elp, The Netherlands, during the Permanent Beta Festival 2016, by Annemiek Scholten