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.
Originally I was thinking of doing a self portrait to start this project off but when I arrived at work this morning this was just outside my door. It was beautiful, large and had the most incredible colors that changed depending on what angle you looked at it. If you look close enough you can see my reflection in its shell (or external skeleton for those keeping count). What a great way to start off the 365!
This is the elevator button in my building. I never take the elevator, I am a little afraid of it, tonight was no exception. However when I reached the top of the stairs and went to enter my apartment I happened to look back at saw this. It was actually quite exquisite. Mind you I will probably never dare to press it but I will always remember it.
Sesto Rondo Metro Station on my way to work this morning. This station is my life line to Milano, I take the metro everywhere. I never imagined that life without a car could be so liberating! (However I still miss riding a motorcycle).
This morning at around 10:30 we had a storm like I have never seen before in my life. The sky was so dark it felt like it was 10:30 at night and even tricked the building into turning all the external lights on. Out of curiosity I went out side just to a have a look and when I looked up this is what I saw. It was beautiful. The streaking orange color of the rain as it passed the light almost looked like little comets and the reflection against the building was amazing! I stood out in the rain to take this picture and got soaked. It felt great! The rain was so warm and so refreshing. All my colleagues looked out the window, I am sure in utter confusion, as to what exactly I was doing. After taking this picture I stood outside for a couple minutes more to feel the warm rain on my skin and on the tops of my feet. I was wearing sandles and the the rain felt wonderful on the tops of my feet and on my toes. What a great morning!
This is a late night staple of mine. Usually when I come home from work late, like I have been doing all this week, this is a fast a quick meal I like to prepare. I get a lot of comments on what and how I cook and prepare things, so this is a before and after shot of my dinner tonight. It is kind a Giasone/Milsy blend of miso soup. Hot peppers, garlic, sweet red onions, eggs, tofu, green onion and a few herbs (all fresh). Add some miso soup powder (not so fresh) boil and you are done. 5 min. What I have to smile about today: Re-discovery of a great song all by chance. http://www.youtube.com/wat ch?v=nhSc8qVMjKM What I have learned today: Sometimes the most frustrating things can be the most rewarding in the end.
Sunset in Sesto. My father pointed this out to Mom and I as we where on the balcony talking and watching all the people below in the streets. It was very peaceful and tranquil. We all admired the vast colors painted across the sky by the sleepy sun. What I have to smile about today: Spending the entire with my parents. In the market, visiting over lunch/grappa/cafe, taking a walk in Sesto and eating delicious gelato! What I have learned today: How much I adore spending time with my parents.
Walk home from work. After a rough day at work I went for a much needed aperitivo. We tried a new place as it seems we almost always do. I enjoy not knowing where we are going or where we will end up. We just walk, talk and when the mood strikes we eventually stop. It is great! This is a picture of one of the many roads I walk down on my home form work. Almost each and everyday I try to find a new way home. What I have to smile about today: A friendly conversation with Pastore on whether Mexico is in North America or South America and whether Vin Diesel is Dutch or American. We even asked the Bar owners and other patrons, I am sure they all thought we were crazy. What I have learned today: I like not knowing what is around the corner.
Self-portrait. Originally I was taking a picture of my orchids on my balcony however when I turned to the right I saw this on my balcony wall. I thought it was kinda cool so I took this picture instead. Perhaps tomorrow the orchids. What I have to smile about today: The warmth of the sun. What I have learned today: Sometimes enough is enough.
Café dopo cena. Tonight I relaxed after dinner with a café. It was nice quiet evening at home catching up on a few things and just relaxing. This is a coffee maker my parents bought me when they were here. It makes unbelievable coffee. Every time I have a coffee I think of them and the market where they bought it. It is a great thought to have! Thank you Mom and Dad for your generosity. What I have to smile about today: A simple evening at home. What I have learned today: You get what you pay for. Coffee has improved 10 fold with this coffee maker.