23 November 2012
Let me know which one you prefer and why.
When WordPress’ Special Photo Challenge appeared this week, I was struck by the chance to talk about the “muses” that inspire my photography and writing. It’s impossible to separate the two.
As I pondered the challenge, I imagined a large universe bubbling with inspiration. For me the intersection of nature and human nature pushes my passions.
For example, I spend much time photographing my grandchildren in nature, visiting the same scenes to shoot sunsets, searching to discover traditional and contemporary architecture, lovingly visiting horticultural centers to see the latest displays, and reading, reading, reading.
Inspiration is everywhere, and yet it is specific to my individual lens. Often artists’ works open my own creativity to see in a new way. Often the seemingly mundane also can stimulate new ideas. Often a pause at the creek can boost my next framing of a photograph. Those combinations of design elements provide a spectrum of extraordinary and ordinary insights into human innovation and nature’s majesty: inspiration indeed.
In the Lens section is a photograph of my reflection at the Alessi store (click here to visit their site) in San Francisco. To step into the world of fabulous Italian design sensibility is to pierce the senses with curious joy. Each turn provides a burst of possibility for each object to surprise and shock. There creations are light-hearted and serious all at once.
Alessi designs have been part of the Italian popular culture since inception in the 1930s. Their influence has grown steadily and can be found throughout the world.
Light reflections, sculpted metals, embellished surfaces, positive and negative spaces, woven materials, and colors abound. These functional objects are art in their most inviting form. There are objects for the table, for the floor (think: cat and dog), for children–well for most occasions.
This almost eighty-year-old company easily pumps adrenaline into my creative juices.
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