“Life is simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time” – Thomas Merton
My dad taught me an appreciation for nature while working in the garden on Saturdays and on Sunday afternoon walks. I went to university and learned about plants and genetics and I was a plant breeder for a while. I am in awe of creation and the myriad of intricacies that exist.
I still love gardening and walking. I am also contemplative. For the most part my pictures are taken outside where I find plenty of metaphors that comment on life. I always carry my camera so that I can capture those moments that speak to me. I love how photography lets me express myself without words. I have a webpage as part of an online photography group.
My photographic journey started off with the family’s Brownie camera when I was about 14 years old. My first salary cheque I spend entirely on an Olympus Trip 35 – I was definitely hooked! I joined camera clubs along the way: Bethlehem and Florida (both in South Africa) and Halton Hills (Ontario, Canada). In 2017 I took an online photography course (Michigan University) and also held my first show called “The Joy of Creation”. This year I hope to learn more about what it means to be a Fine Art Photographer from Sylvia Galbraith.
I picked these three pictures for a series called “See-Through”: You can see through glass, water and ice. Transcend barriers. Go on the journey and see it through.
Rain and Tears – This picture was taken on a rainy day in my front yard. Even though I left The Netherlands when I was only 4 months old, I always have Dutch curtains. Looking from the outside in.
River Dance – The leaves look so joyful going for the ride of their lives. Not attached to a tree anymore and free to go where adventure leads. Have courage and take the plunge. Go for the ride.
Genesis – Light is shining through the ice revealing the last breath of a dying leaf. This leaf will feed a new season’s growth. Every ending is the start of a new beginning.