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Discover more about my life as a photographer and artist, my story and my inspirations.

About Me

My name is Alice. I am a shadow worker, artist, tarot reader, life coach, filmmaker, dancer and a born revolutionary. In summary; I am free spirit who follows her heart to make her dreams and ideas come to life.

By taking this approach to life, I want to open people’s eyes to what happens in our inner and outer worlds. To expose the inherent beauty therein contained in order to spread inspiration.

For more than 10 years my life has been dedicated to photography. My main motivation has always been to bring change using my camera as a tool. As a witness of injustice in this world, I have wanted to share my emotions and experiences through my pictures and was hoping for people to act as a result to stop the unfairness.

I photographed people in seemingly hopeless situations, people stuck in a circle of poverty, destruction and pain. And I accomplished my wish to touch the viewers feelings and observed that the emotions that my documentary photos brought up were emotions of pity, sadness, and depression. Finally, I realized that the negative feelings that my images projected onto the audience as well as onto the subjects created a sensation of disempowerment instead of an inspiration towards the act of change. With this realization came an understanding unveiling the continuous exposure of my own state of mind in every picture frame and the awareness that the change I desired for this world could only thrive within myself.

As a consequence, I put the camera down for a while and turned my attention towards my inner self. It seemed like a long and difficult path in which I tried out many different things, including reading tarot cards until I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel: The revelation that I don’t need to be the observer of my and the worlds’ problems and destiny, I am a creator.

  Today I am using my camera to express the love and bliss that lies within me. I still photography art as well as photojouranlism to help transform our world, but this time I focus on the solutions instead of the problems.

Contact me for photography assignments, personal sessions or public speaking opportunities.

I Love

Psychedelics. Yoga. Dance. Adventure. Tarot. Cats. Public Speaking. Hulla Hoop. Haiti. Magic. Traveling.  Film. Cuddling. Cappucino. Essential oils. Cacao. The Wind. Healthy Food. Coconut Oil. Laughing. Gardening. Photography. Children. Playing.  Reading. Bathing. Sauna. Inspiration. The Ocean. Witchcraft. The color pink. Writing. The Moon. The Sun. Mother Earth. Boom Festival. The Wind. Astrology. Change. Water. Permaculture. All Emotions. Semi-precious stones. Snakes. Sharing circles. Friends. Ayahuasca. Roses. Fire. Mud. Philosophy. Honesty.  Shamans. Drumming. Freedom.

People Who Inspire Me

Wolf-Dieter Storl – plant expert.

Marcus Katz – founder and president of the Tarot association.

Philip Jones Griffith – photojournalist and my former mentor

Yannick Dubois – artist and my great friend.

Davide Tremolada – photographer, web designer and a wonderful friend.

Teal Swan – spiritual teacher.

Projects That Have Shaped Who I Am

Eyes on Haiti Photoworkshop: As the president of the non-profit organization Viv Timoun, I organized a photo workshop for 20 young Haitian adults to teach them to become professional photographers in 2011. I gathered a group of six of my photography friends and we all volunteered as teachers during 6 months. At the end of the workshop we organized the very first photography festival in the capital Port-au-Prince.

AIDependence: In 2012, together with Frederic Biegmann, I directed the 90-minute documentary, that tells the story of the controversial relationship between the people of Haiti and aid organizations, exposing the negative side effects of traditional aid, such as dependency, corruption, as well as the destruction of the economy and of solidarity. The two main characters taught me how important it is to focus on the potential instead of the problems, how so many of us have made people weak by constantly focusing on the negative: everything that they don’t have and don’t know.

Nou Pou Nou: In 2013 my colleague Shari Ruppert and me initiated a project, which consisted of working together with the Haitian Media outlets (newspaper, television, radio) to travel around the country to find positive stories and successful initiatives. We searched for communities that proved that development can be done without international help and reported about them. During one year, one story a week appeared in the media and was well received.

Permaculture Design Certificate: A Permaculture Workshop I attended 2014 in Portugal changed my life. Permaculture is a holistic approach to landscape design and human culture. It is an attempt to integrate several disciplines, including biology, ecology, geography, agriculture, architecture, appropriate technology, gardening and community building. I started to look at our world’s problems from a much broader perspective and understood that every single thing is interconnected.

The Ghetto Tarot: After a long journey of searching for my authentic self, I finally decided to concentrate on doing only what I love. The Ghetto Tarot is the result; a personal interpretation of the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck in the Haitian slum using only material we were able to find in the streets of Haiti. It combines all of my passions; spirituality, Haiti, photography and the analysis of the human psyche.



Tarot Association, Young Tarosophist of the Year Award, 2016
One Eyeland Awards, Photobook of the Year 2016
One Eyeland Awards, Photographer of the Year 2016
Sacred Fire Award of Gente di Fotografia 2015
3rth price POYi for Multimedia Portfolio 2011
Unicef Photo of the year 2008
Canon Profifoto Foerderpreis 01/08
Finalist for the Inge Morath Award 08
Selected for the grant of the Belgian Fondation de la Vocation in 2009.
Presse Ente „Bezirksverein Aachener Presse“ in 2013

Take a look at a list of my past Exhibitions!



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Alice Smeets is a photographer, artist, tarot reader and healing guide. She practices the art of living by following her bliss and trying out everything that comes along her way. She provides guidance for others to find their purpose in life and heal their wounds from the past.

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