Ok so the title might make this post sound a more serious than it actually is.. It's basically a list of where I go to find inspiration. They are places which never fail me. A few months ago I was feeling slightly uninspired. I had ideas in my head but wasn't sure how to execute them properly or well... The more this went on, the more I felt stuck in a bit of a creative rut. To help me get out of this rut and back on to my creative horse I decided to make a list of all the places I turn to in times of creative trouble. These are resources I can go back to time and time again and they constantly inspire me in new ways. I love finding new places to look for inspiration so please share where you love to look in the comments below.
Photography agencies normally have the best signed photographers, so what a better place to start then look at some of the leading agencies to see what everyone has been creating and find some inspiration to the standard your photography can get to! Below are just a few of my favourites.
Magazines I love:
Although looking online can be great for inspiration, sometimes its hard to process everything your seeing as there is so much of it! There is NOTHING I love more then looking through a magazine and tearing out the pages of the! This is a method I have been using since my teens.. or even pre teens. I also then either keep everything in a folder or choose some to pin to a physical board to keep up in the apartment or studio to keep looking at and inspiring me.
Here a list of the magazines I always buy!
Knots Magazine (online)
Films I love:
I was once told by the best hair stylist in the world.. ( I will let you guess who that was) that films are a great place to get inspiration from so since then I have been trying to watch different movies to use as inspiration. From these films you can take away the cinematography. the costumes, the colour grading, the storyline or maybe even the characters.
Dazed and confused
Stand by me
The last 4 Harry Potters
The Grand Budapest hotel
The Truman show
Photographers I love:
There are many photographers who's work I follow. The first work I really truly fell in love with was this picture (shown above) by Tim Walker. This picture has been stuck by my bed since I was a teenager. Forget celeb crushes! The walls of my room was covered in torn out pages of Vogue!
Remember that it is always a good to idea to keep an eye out to see if your favourite photographers are exhibiting anywhere. Seeing work displayed on a gallery wall is just so much more impressive then in the magazines. I usually leave the gallery in a state of awe!
Here are just some of the photographers who's work inspires me daily.
The list could go on and on…
Gallerys I love
Talking about exhibitions I thought it might be a good idea to include some of the galleries I love to visit.
First up - I just want to mention "My Generation" which is currently on Carnaby Street in London. Its free so there is no excuses! It features work by two of the photographers in my list above. I felt extremely giddy when viewing the prints up close and not from a book, especially considering I didn't know this exhibition was on until I walked pasted it and headed straight in... dragging my friend with me!
My Generation x Carnaby 3 Carnaby Street W1F 9PB
Opening times: Thursday 8 - Wednesday 4 April Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Other galleries who are consistent in having great things on:
Celebrity Style inspirations:
Rosie Huntington Whiteley
Top of the list is my all time favourite video on youtube. check out about 1:09 minutes in - I also love the song! It makes me want to travel to Cuba RIGHT NOW!
Here’s what I’m pinning!
Music I love:
Arctic Monkeys - Any song
Kings of Leon - Any song
George Ezra - Budapest
Leon Bridges - Any song but I LOVE River
Al Green - Any song
Fleetwood Mac - Any song
Alice Smith - Fall for you
The Paper Kites - Particularly Feather stone / Woodland
Curtis Mayfield - Particularly pusher man/ move on up / give it to me
Tina Turner - Any song
Frank Ocean - Thinking about you
Gregory Porter - Liquid spirit
Missy Elliot - Oh my
First Aid Kit - Silver linings
Otis Redding - Any song
Chaka Demus & Pilers - Tease me
The Contours - Do you love me
The Tempations - Aint too proud to beg
Tony Clarke - Landslide
Otis redding - Any song
Baby Huey and the baby sitters - Hard times
Rod Stewart - Maggie may
Louis Berry - Restless / Laurie
Etta James - Any song
Luther Vandross - Never too much
Diana Ross - Aint no moutain
Elton John - rocket man / Bennie and the jets
Tom Jones - Its not unusual
Simple Minds - Dont you
Madness- Must be love
Angus and Julia Stone - Mango tree
Daryl Hall and John Oates - You make my dreams
Ben L’Oncle Soul - Fly me to the moon
Quantic Soul Orchestra - Pushing on / San Sebastian strut
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Whitney Houston - I want to dance with somebody
Paul Simon - You can call me al
Dermot Kennedy - A closeness
Izzy Bizu - Any Song
I hope you enjoyed my list of inspiration. Let me know where you go to inspire you! x