The Little Match Stick Girl by Sybille Sterk

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I’ve always loved Andersen fairy tales, and this one is no exception, although it’s one of the saddest ones (amongst a whole lot of tragedies). The Little Match Stick Girl is about the preventable death of a little girl and still as valid today as it probably was then, what with all the runaways and homeless people on the streets everywhere. I tried to tell the story with the minimal amount of symbols, using nothing but a box of matches in front of a grubby wall and a picture of snow I took a while ago. It’s one of my favourite images I took this year so far. I love the simplicity and singular message in it.

Part of my new series of images for licensing on Arcangel-Images – use this code: SYST-0191

Created with my own photographs in Photoshop, no stock used.

I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanalmost 3 years ago

    Superb interpretation of the story !

  • Thanks so much Dwarkan. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 3 years ago


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  • Thanks so much Kira. Greatly appreciated. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago

    So do I Sybille….Absolutely BRILLIANT work!!!! :) xx

  • Thanks so much Carol. Greatly appreciated. :-) xoxo ♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • BasantSoni
    BasantSonialmost 3 years ago

    Artistic vision ..!!

  • Thanks so much Basant. Greatly appreciated. :-)
    PS. Sorry for the late reply, I was ill and it’s hard to play catch up!

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTalmost 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks so much Sylvia. Greatly appreciated. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersalmost 3 years ago

    Great image with this beautiful story, love, xxox

  • Thanks so much Anna. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 3 years ago

    gosh I’m certain my Mum used to read this story to me, but for the life of me I can’t recall it..I am going to go click on the link..

    haunting art, Sybille xx

  • Thanks so much Lisa. Greatly appreciated. :-) It’s another really sad story. :-( xoxoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 3 years ago

    missed this Sybille. wow, just read it. amazing image, created so perfectly. haunting and beautiful. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Thanks so much sweetie. Greatly appreciated. :-) I am still trying to catch up after being ill….. Hope things are good with you. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic work Sybille!!
    Fairy tales by H.C. Andersen and the Brothers Grimm hold a special place in my heart and imagination as well!! :)

  • Thanks so much Keith. Greatly appreciated. :-) I’ve always had a thing about them. I love 1001 night, too and Hauff – ever read Hauff?

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordalmost 3 years ago

    Such a sad tale……such a poetic piece Sybille!

  • Thanks so much Trish. Greatly appreciated. :-) One of my fave stories. I like stories that explain the unexplainable in creative ways. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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