People ask me this all the time. Where do you find your inspiration?
The simple answer is: online.
Since we now live in a fast-paced digital age, what inspires us is easily accessible through a variety of devices. Be it at work, at home, or on the move, inspiration is just a click away (and a given in our industry).
But that is the simple answer.
But the truth is, it’s not a question of where inspiration is found but rather how inspiration is found.
It is in how we view the world that the greatest inspirations are found. I know it is cliché to say, look at the world through the eyes of a child, but to me, it’s true. When we re-discover the world with a pure sense of awe and intense curiosity, inspiration can be found everywhere and in everything –as long as we are open to it.
One vivid memory from my childhood, is hearing the wind rustling the leaves of a large tree in my grandparents backyard on a warm fall afternoon. I was in awe of the sound, delighted by the movement and astounded by the colours and textures. It was as though the tree had to come to life in front of my eyes. I found myself just sitting there, mesmerized and amazed.
I recall climbing the tree just so I could see the world from that perspective – to gain a new view, a new perspective of the same tree. I wanted to know what did the tree feel? What did the tree see?
I have carried this sense of discovery with me throughout my life. This sense of curiosity and awe in the world inspires me daily.
A few years ago I started Project 365 (a project inspired by numerous flickr groups). The goal of the project was to take one photograph a day of anything that captured my interest, imagination or heart. Not only was it a great way to learn the landscape of my then new country, Italy, but during this process I found myself taking a different way to work every morning and also a different way home from work every night, just so I could explore and discover. It became part of my routine (or lack thereof). I found myself looking differently at everyday objects that I took for granted and had passed by repeatedly without a second though. I even found myself leaving my comfort zone more willingly, which is where I think the greatest inspiration can be found. As you can imagine, after a while I found it very difficult to only take one photo a day. The world is full of new experiences, beauty and inspiration.
Here are a few examples of the photos and the original writings from 2008 during Project 365.