Give birth to a dancing star…

One of my favourite quotes of all time is by Friedrich Nietzsche.

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

This quote and my interpretation of it – because who really knows what he meant  😉 – always helps me to get through those times of chaos and confusion. And every time the chaos has to do with my creative side I seem to change my website once it settles to reflect the new insight into myself I gained. The same happened this time. First I rewrote my ABOUT and then I changed the website. 😀

So which insights did I gain from my last journey through the chaos? 

First of all – I am NOT a photographer. I don’t even want to call myself an artist. This might not sound like much and for some it might just be names but for me it was the realization that I was still trying to fit into a box and that suffocated my creativity.

The only thing I want to be is creative and ME.  So I removed those words from my website and suddenly I felt free to include more of my poems together with my images and also my paintings. It also removed the pressure I had put on myself to ‘only’ use film and analog techniques for my work. I want to do all of it, whichever works best to express what I see and feel. 

Second – there was still too much ‘clutter’ on my website, especially everything that was related to ‘business’. It was another area where I put myself under pressue. As time is always limited I had told myself that I had to focus on business first. No time for daydreaming or ‘doodling’ – but that simply does not work for me – I was starving my creative spirit. 

So business is now put where it belongs in my world – a handful of words on my contact page and one paypal button (see if you can find it 😉 ). Don’t get me wrong I will still feel honoured if someone wants to buy one of my prints or books, hire me for a project or some mentoring but it is not my purpose in life or with this website. The whole website also got a much more simple and minimal look which I love. Now it feels like ‘home’ – a true homepage :-).

Finally, since this is now no longer a business or photography website – don’t worry there will still be lots of images 😉 – I also feel more at ease to share personal topics on this blog – my view of the world – or how I do things, maybe even a cooking recipe I love. 😀 So I have a feeling that there will be more blog posts and updates in the future. I still have a request here to make a blog about how I create my smartphone images (you can see them on Instagram) – and yes, that will be coming too ;-).

If you like all this I hope you will join me now and then with a cup of coffee or tea on this HOMEsite 😀


  1. Andrew Atkinson on December 6, 2018 at 12:52

    A very interesting read. I often have thoughts about labels and what impact & restrictions they put on yourself. I ask, am I a landscape photographer? I do take pictures of landscapes, but I also take abstracts and still life. I feel more comfortable with just ‘Photographer”. Why? Because that’s what I like doing, photography. Will look forward to your future blogs

    • Isabel on December 6, 2018 at 13:04

      That is how it also started for me…am I a landscape photographer? But we ‘evolve’ and those labels others and more often we even put on ourselves should never stop us from doing what we really want. I thought it was easy to ignore those labels but when I got rid of one I just added another and another…at least now I feel that the latest ones don’t limit myself ;-). We all need to find the ‘labels’ we feel happy with. Good that you found yours…for now 😉

  2. Scott Hays on December 6, 2018 at 13:16

    What a great read Isabel. I love the thought on not giving yourself labels. I guess for me “guy with a camera” is out??? You know I am joking. You always give me so much to think about

    • Isabel on December 6, 2018 at 13:25

      How about “probably guy – sometimes with, sometimes without a camera or other…”

  3. John on December 6, 2018 at 20:58

    I love when you say ‘ The only thing I want to be is creative and ME’ 🙂
    It has been great seeing you evolve and seeing how this is also expressed through your website design.
    I love also that you are not afraid to change direction and to try new things…how you are always exploring…your inner self and also your creativity…exploring new ways to express what you feel and how you see.

    • Isabel on December 6, 2018 at 22:01

      Thank you so much, John.
      Yes, lots has happened especially during the last few years since we met over on you know where 😉 🙂
      Not exploring but stagnating is one of the worst things I could imagine…

  4. joe monteiro on December 7, 2018 at 04:41

    i think your limiting yourself…again? in my book creative relates to a process Cooking, Poet business woman, wife. i see you as being an abstract. i’ll bet you see, feel and understand things that others don’t and can’t and sometimes pass some of these along to others through your media. The use of the chop furthered this for me.
    My thoughts are to limit your self to one word of two letters ME.
    No this won’t fly in many situations but use it openly where your comfortable.
    It’s early for me and not as some have suggested in liquor or drugs i just have a mind that wanders.

    • Isabel on December 7, 2018 at 07:36

      I guess most words will always be limiting to an extent as they try to describe something which reduces it from everything to something less than that… I currently don’t feel limited caling myself a Creative as for me it describes my thought process more than the actual practical process but includes that as well. Let’s see where it will lead me. 🙂 But you are definitely right anout the ME…and there is actually a blog post in the ‘thinking’ about something related to that 😉
      I like these rather abstract conversations with ‘wandering minds… 🙂

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