I’m inspired primarily and in no particular order by people, food & drink, art and travel – the elements of which memories and experience are composed. It is possible to learn relatively quickly principles and ‘how to do’ things, but it takes a lot of time and an inquisitive approach to life to have the experiences, both good and bad, which define the individual and an original vision.
I have just finished reading Plot 29 by Allan Jenkins, an extraordinarily compelling and honest memoir. About to tackle Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama – a Japanese crime novel.
For visual inspiration I’m captivated by Rome – William Klein. His iconic 1959 photographic reportage of the eternal city. One day I hope to afford New York and Tokyo to complete the set and I’m smiling with Saul Steinberg’s All in Line a compilation of his drawn observations on life.
The most recent book I acquired was African Ceremonies by Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith.
In today’s digital age are books still important, more so than ever. The holding and reading of a book is very satisfying, it’s tangible and always there at your side, in your bag or on a shelf.
The book is a testament elevating it’s subject, whether written or visual, to a level which means you are more likely to treasure it. A beautiful, eye-catching book cover in turn helps gives the author an identity and speaks to its reader.
Books also convey a person’s personality like the clothes they wear, the food they eat or places they visit. If everything was hidden behind a screen the world would be a mightily dull place!