Friday, 7 November 2008

what inspires you...?

Lovely Amy over at doobleh-vay is doing a series 'it's friday i'm in love - inspire me' and has asked a bunch of people what inspires them, me included!

I don't think I have had to think so hard and for sooooo looooong for AGES! but this is what I said and today it is posted...

"It is difficult to choose just three things that inspire me, as I am a magpie, taking inspiration from everywhere... catalogues, holiday brochures, and country living magazine! So I have chosen three things that inspire me the most!

1. I work for a wildlife conservation charity, so am very inspired by nature and the countryside around us. As a family we love having 'adventures' such as stream dipping, picking elder flowers to make 'hedgerow' champagne and 'wild' swimming in rivers and streams with fish tickling your toes. We try to get outdoors as much as possible, what ever the weather, and it is my children's interaction with nature and wonder that inspires me to take photographs, I didn't have access to the countryside like they do when I was growing up so I when I look through the lens, I am discovering things for the first time too.

2. My second inspiration would be for 'Old things' or vintage things; old furniture, vintage suitcases, camping in canvas tents, enamel flasks, knitted tea cosies, baking cakes, art deco furniture, Enid Blyton books, classic Georg Jensen silverware, steam trains, afternoon tea. I love the simple way of life we had years ago and the fact that children could roam the countryside without a care. I have some vintage things that have been handed down to me and I have things that I have bought, but I display them and re-display them at home all the time. I love using items like this as 'props' in pictures, my enamel flask should have a blog of it's own!

3. My third inspiration is something a lot easier, it is my fellow bloggers and flickr users. In the strange virtual world that we live in, you meet people the other side of the world with the same values as you, leading their lives with the same worries and the same daily chores! I stumbled across flickr about 18 months ago after reading a book called 'The Happy Campers' by Kat Heyes and Tess Carr – that I wish I could of written! Kat is a fantastic photographer and illustrator. I am also a huge fan of Amanda Blake Soule of soulemama fame who reminds me through her daily posting the importance of family and daily life and keeps me grounded so I don't let work take over! I also love Jen at Nectar and Light who inspired me to get a very old Polaroid {see photo above} out of the garage and take part in her monthly photo trade. This usually challenges me to go outside my comfort zone of taking pictures of my children and look at things in a different way! Finally I would like to mention the lovely Ella Pederson of Little Red Caboose- her crafts are as beautiful as she is and I love the adventures she has with the gorgeous little A! There are so many others too numerous to mention, taking beautiful pictures, sharing wise words and each making a difference to someone on this very small planet we share!"

Check out Amy's blog for many more inspiring peeps and in the meantime let me know what has inspired you today?

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