Photo es­say Light, laugh­ter, life. The Owl House through Sam Rein­ders’ lens

Through the look­ing glass

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Pho­to­jour­nal­ist Sam Rein­ders was given a new per­spec­tive on the en­chant­ing Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda when she pho­tographed it for the reis­sue of Anne Graaff’s pre-em­i­nent book on the iconic artist He­len Mar­tins and the place where she lived and worked.

Light fan­tas­tic

While the Owl House is eclec­tic and beau­ti­ful by day, it truly comes alive at night. It’s not of­ten seen like that any more (it is only open to the pub­lic by day) but, while light­ing the can­dles to get this im­age, I couldn’t help but won­der how much “Miss He­len”, as she is known here, would have liked to see the can­dle light flick­er­ing on the glass-en­crusted ceil­ings or bounc­ing off the mir­rors once again. Thou­sands of peo­ple visit this quirky house ev­ery year and, as a re­sult, tourism in the small “dor­pie” – guest­houses, cof­fee shops, restau­rants and art gal­leries – has swelled. I think that, as reclu­sive as she was, this, too, would have put a smile on He­len’s face. >

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