“A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying.

Because no light can get out, people can’t see black holes. They are invisible. Space telescopes with special tools can help find black holes. The special tools can see how stars that are very close to black holes act differently than other stars.”


Black holes are invisible to the eye, but you will find they are everywhere. #blackholes is about you. It’s about me too. It’s about us. It’s about this strongly pulling feeling, so very close by and always present, yet so difficult to grasp. You know it to be true, you know it to be there, but you tell yourself it’s not, because remember, you were never supposed to know.

It’s a heartbeat out of pace. A shiver on a sunny day. It’s you gasping for breath on your Sunday walk through the park, or that friend of a friend who one day suddenly disappeared.

Black holes are too heavy to carry, yet we hold on to them with all that we’ve got. Their weight crushes down upon us, such that we can no longer move. We freeze into time and space. We cannot outrun them, so we try to hide in their shadow, where we believe to be safe. Waiting for that moment that light will shine. Waiting for that moment never to come. ‘Waiting for it to be too late.’

We try to defy this invisible enemy in so many ways, without even understanding who we are up against. Some of us try to disappear without making a sound, others may shout out loud. Time passes. The danger may have very well gone by now. But we are still hiding, disappearing, shouting. Just to make sure we are still safe.

Are you brave enough? Brave enough to turn around and look behind you? Perhaps we can try this together. I will hold your hand,… now tell me, what do you see?

#blackholes is work in progress. You can follow this project on my facebook or Instagram account.