zaterdag 23 november 2019

The Artist

You're 'The Artist'

You live to be immersed in your art.

As 'The Artist', you live for the moments when you are wholly immersed in your art. The moments when you can create, develop, and explore without restrictions or limitations.

You rebel against “standard” shots; instead, you are driven by the intensity of human emotions at their most raw. Where words fall short, your work conveys what it was like to be truly immersed in the emotions of your clients.

As 'The Artist', you operate on the fundamental mantra that better art means more success. Your biggest challenge has always been promoting your work to a broader audience. Those who know you recognize your talent, but you struggle to reach beyond this to book new clients.

It’s crucial for the ongoing success of your art that your business is able to flourish as well. This doesn’t mean becoming a hard-headed business person—find ways of promoting your work, that are in sync with your creative process. 

Check out Melanie E. Rijkers' fine art photography on:

Seeing Pure, seeing the pretty, focus op het goede met fotograaf en life coach Melanie E. Rijkers
Eyespiration is Puur Zien (Dutch) Artstudio23 Breda

Fine art photography & Life Coaching

Stichting Puur Zien 
Speelhuislaan 173, unit 137A 
Breda/the Netherlands/Europe

donderdag 21 november 2019

Spirits in the Forest

Pathé Breda #PuurZien in de zaal

 Dave Gahan:

“It’s amazing to see the very real ways that music has impacted the lives of our fans.”

Without any knowledge of the content of the film I just watched Spirits in the Forest in Breda, my hometown, together with our youngest son Pim (17). The mix of die hard fan interviews and sneak peaks of their lives combined with the live footage of the last Global Spirit concert, Berlin 2018, make this film an interesting one.

Depeche Mode (DM) was one of the many 80's bands I listened to when in secondary (high) school. I just can't get enough is still a great song, performed live even better, less clean and more raw. Later in life, when studying fine art photography, I listened to 101 Live when working all those hours in the dark room. That cassette tape is completely worn, o man, I love that album still.

DM is a band that keeps surprising you. Where other bands are 'old men get of the stage' like (right, Morrissey ;) DM's music is timeless. Listening to the music, seeing Dave and Martin perform on stage ... fascinating. O yes, they have aged, but haven't we all?

It's great to see Dave having so much fun, and although the fans' stories, as well as their own - tho not really mentioned in this movie - are sometimes bigger than life, they are still here, alive and kicking. 

Our son loves 80's music "real music, mum" and happily tagged along. Next to us we spot another Breda photographer with his daughter. Hmm, are we all setting an example with our teenage kids ;) I recommend to take your teenager with you, they will thank you later. 
It made ours think of how he relates to his favourite musicians and bands. How he got to know their music, as this is something Anton (Corbijn) points out in the fans' stories; how they 'met' DM and braided their music into their lives.

DMK was sweet, and the Mongolian girl is to die for. I was intrigued by the French lady's story, that she only could remember DM music after a coma and complete loss of memory. Because of my current NLP practitioner training I am wondering about her body and senses, did her cells really not remember?!?

Funniest part was the interview of the Romanian fan, talking about his adventure in the local mountains, taking his brother and a friend dressed up as king, to shoot Enjoy the Silence like photos. My friend Mariska and I re-discovered this timeless song in 2003, at Anton's big solo exhitibion where the video was playing. 

I also love the Berlin connection of DM, seeing the movie made me realise that at the time I wasn't really aware of the importance of The Wall being torn. U2 went to Berlin early 90's - Achtung Baby and Zooropa if I am correct - and so did DM. It really is their favourite Europe town. 
I did not see Berlin with my own eyes until a few years ago, was a late Prague visitor as well. I now know the stories of friends who went there right after the fall of communism, when everything still had that pure, weird communist feeling. I am not jealous though, it just wasn't my time.

Groninger Museum - Barbara, Mariska & Me, 2003

Without internet we just didn't know (that) much I reckon. I was studing graphic design and photography, and in 1996 I started my own photography business. Like many artists I was always doubting my qualities, when I watched a documentary on famous Dutch photographer Paul Huf. The documentary had Anton Corbijn and another photographer create a typical portrait of Huf.

Anton made Mr. Huf stand in front of a KLM aeroplane at Schiphol Amsterdam airport, taking his portrait shoulders up from a deep low, knee down position, wide angle and kinda eerie with the nose of the plane hanging over Mr. Huf as a big, dark shape. My kind of portrait! Since that moment I never doubt my quality as professional photographer again, knowing I am as great as he is, creating beautiful compositions and fab 'Eyespiration' portraits.

I saw Anton moving around with his camera on stage at the 2006 Rotterdam concert. Front row, the best live experience ever. Nothing beats seeing DM live. The Spirits in the Forest footage of the band playing are wonderful 'live photos', moving stills with great composition. I like these reflection kind of photos/footage, like the one below. Contemplation. 

Thanks DM, Anton, and you, for reading this story. The film made me think of my personal life end of the '80s, early '90s and made me realise I am always looking to the future, whatever happens.

My mom died 1991, still I am here. Alive & kicking. Let's Focus on the Beauty of Life, only.

Melanie E. Rijkers 

dinsdag 19 november 2019

GCCA Winner

Instagram post with my shortlist photo of Grand Hotel Neum
#ConcreteinLife GCCA shortlist 2019
So wonderful to see my photo on display at the exhibition of the GCCA annual 'Concrete in Life' conference on concrete in Singapore last month. Too funny the man is looking at my photo of Grand Hotel Neum :)

Thank you GCCA!

Winning photo by Rolando Batacon
Winning photo shows one section of the pedestrian bridge located near AI Aweer Vegetable and Fruit Market in Dubai. The concrete bridge traverses the busy Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road and is used by Asian expats mostly working as portrers in the vegetable and fruit market.

Imitating life's cycle, these workers cross this bridge everyday in the morning and back in the evening after back-breaking work. It was designed for ease of access enabling bicycles to easily cross the bridge.

GCCA instagram, 2019.

vrijdag 4 oktober 2019

Shortlist GCCA Concrete in Life Competition

Concrete in Life 2019 Shortlist - top 9 out of 5000 entries - © Melanie E. Rijkers #Eyespiration Fotowedstrijd shortlist - bij laatste 9 uit 5000 inzendingen - #PuurZien in Bosnië Herzegovina voormalig Kroatië

This fabulous photo of Grand Hotel Neum's concrete gateway to the beach in Neum, Bosnia Herzegovina made the shortlist of the GCCA's Concrete in Life photo competition 2019. 

10 October the winners will be announced, fingers crossed!

When we booked our trip to Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina last summer we did not know much about the countries. Our students in photography said "you should go there, it is so beautiful" over and over again. 

Croatia and Bosnia did surprise us in many ways.

From the busy cities to the fabulous national parks, OMG all over. One of the best moments was when we arrived in Grand Hotel Neum in Bosnia. We were told there was a tunnel to the sea side, as we wanted to take a walk like we do every evening.

For some reason we took the stairs.

Summer holiday storytelling with #Eyespiration Bosnia Herzegovina
10 floors down to the beach, Grand Hotel Neum © Melanie E. Rijkers
We walked 10 floors down, and back up again as well, we missed the lifts that first time. Lights that automaticly switch on when you descent from floor to floor, silence, moist air, passing an occasional puddle of water and some white outdoor chairs.

We finally made it, wondering if it was really okay to go there, not seeing any other people at that time. After two turns and by accessing a big, steel door we entered the tunnel. Apperently the hotel once was a hospital, built on a hill side.

The way down, this deep tunnel to the beach felt like a movie adventure. Exploration and discovery, safe but yet exciting. Admiration because of the old structure of the tunnel, still safe and in one piece.

Admiring the builders, for creating such a wonderful walkway even though its original use most likely wasn't as jolly. Respect to all who design, create and inspire to make the world a better place.

Bosnia Herzegovina holiday travel, summer in Europe #Eyespiration #PuurZien

Going to the beach  - Grand Hotel Neum, Bosnia Herzegovina

Concrete in Life, 2019 ©
Melanie E. Rijkers, the Netherlands

Grand Hotel Neum, roof terrace and infinity pool
Shortlist GCCA Concrete in Life 2019

maandag 26 augustus 2019

World Wide Photo Walk 2019

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien
World Wide Photo Walk 2016. 
5 October 2019 photo walk leader Melanie E. Rijkers will lead another WWPW (World Wide Photo Walk) in Breda, the Netherlands. Melanie lead walks in San Francisco, Hawaii, London, Paris and Amsterdam.

This wonderful photo series was made in 2016, Belcrum area Breda. This year the walk will be in the center and near the singel. Depending on the participent pace we'll end in the south part of Breda. Optional is the autumn photo walk in Mastbos in the afternoon, lead by Hans van Nunen of Artstudio23.

Sign up for the WWPW 10:00-12:00 via, sign up for Autumn and Nature photograhy workshop 13:30-16:30 (1:30-4:30 pm) via WWPW is free, Autumn photo walk €29 p.p.

You can also book your own walk, at any location! Starting price €250, party of 1 to 15 (per photographer).

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien

#WWPW16 #WWPW2016 Eyespiration photo walk #PuurZien
World Wide Photo Walk Breda 2016, Belcrum area
Photo Walk leaders Hans van Nunen


donderdag 22 augustus 2019

The Bereavement Cruise

 Amazing video! Son Mace made this fab trailer of The Bereavement Cruise 2019. Check it out! Join us in April 2020 for another fab cruise. Request a quote HERE. The Bereavement Cruise a special trip that brings together grievers and grief professionals for a week of healing and community on board a five-star cruise.

maandag 19 augustus 2019

Photo Cruise

Inspiratiereis met Puur Zien - fotocruise, photo walk, workshop fotografie

As I am a huge fan of cruising I would like to invite you to join me on an Eyespiraton Photo Cruise.  

Get inspired by all that's around you. Feel and absorb the energy of all things, See details you'd normally miss. No more anxiety or stress.  Even on the busiest ship or in the busiest city, Eyespiration can be found.

Eyespiration is the cure to stop you feeling lost. I am able to travel to any part of the world to teach you to See with Fresh, Pure Eyes: Eyespiration.

I can teach you to find your calm using your smartphone or camera. If you do not want to take photos, feel free to take what I call 'mind pictures'.

Being a Life Coach, Photographer and Visual Consultant I will guide you trough the process of Eyespiration. Eyespiration - being inspired by what you See - is found anywhere in the world.

By choosing a cruise you'll combine business with pleasure, a vacation with daily consultancy and coaching workshops. Write off your vacation by hiring photographer and life coach Melanie E. Rijkers.

Business cruise with coaching or PhotoTherapy: join or
Sunrise Eyespiration

See Life from a different perspective

Wouldn't it be cool if you are able to find innerpeace by'just looking' at life with Pure, Fresh Eyes? I will teach you how to focus on the present moment, and feel more connected to life than ever before. 

It's not mediation, though the outcome will be a very peaceful state of mind.

We will ground, connect with the place and the people around us. You will not feel alone again, no more anxiety, just Seeing and experiencing Pure (Self) Love. Join me on this Journey of Hope, Healing & Health.

If you feel lost and are grieving the loss of a loved one, plz join our seminar at sea: the Bereavement Cruise 19-26 April 2020. I will be presenter and will lead Eyespiration Photo Walks onboard and a beachwalk in Cococay.

I also often attend a spiritual cruise, and will happily lead you through that process of joining one. My first ever cruise was an Alaskan cruise and I still long to go back. 

Being in the moment 

Mindfulness is everywhere, but in Alaska... you cannot miss feeling the connection. I hope to be onboard the Beyond Words Cruise to Alaska June 2020.

If you'd like to join me, please shoot me an e-mail

Mind, Body, Spirit Coaching: Eyespiration workshop are 1 to 3 hours per day. We will watch the sunrise and sunset, and take a mindful  photography walk, even in a busy spot I'll teach you how to connect to the moment and experience stillness.

Stillness of the heart.

Join me at any cruise. Or retreat. Based in Amsterdam area I can also guide your trip to Ibiza, Mediterranean Sea, Greece, Italy or Bruges, Belgium. London and Paris are my backyard, here I lead heaps of Eyespiration photo walks.

Experience the Simple Life. Learn to See Pure. As a business owner you can write off the entire trip, even a cruise or retreat.

© Melanie E. Rijkers 2019