Inspiration from music

I have recently been through a period of fallow; a time when I have felt the need to read, listen and reflect; a time during which many thoughts, ideas and feelings have been almost perceptibly shaking down and clearing. I love this process of consideration and learning which takes place beyond the purely visual. It seems odd sometimes that a lover of photography can go through fairly lengthy times of not wanting to look at photographs – neither his own nor those of anybody else. I do feel though that the visual aspect of one’s sensibility is tremendously enhanced by engaging with other disciplines – music, poetry, prose, political ideas, philosophy to name just a few – and that coming out of such a period of thinking – one outside the boundaries of one’s normal thoughts – engenders a creative momentum which adds much to one’s familiar and habitual medium (in my case photography). I suppose it is natural to frequently experience this re-emerging at the onset of Spring but I now have the inkling of an unstoppable upthrust of motivation and inspiration.

Inspiration is something new I have started to include in this blog; the linking to sites and ideas which pull me along and make me remember, during those frequent times of forgetting, why I feel driven to create. This clip of Benjamin Zander – from what I believe to be perhaps the most inspiring website on the planet, – sums up for me why creatively engaging with life can be such a thrilling experience. It also serves as a reminder that, whatever we choose to do, the ripples and resonances of our actions may well reach and touch others’ lives in ways we might never imagine.


  1. vicky slater wrote:

    thanks so much for sharing this!!

    Friday, May 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Permalink
  2. Sandy wrote:

    Matchless! Please donĀ“t stop sharing more of this.

    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 1:28 am | Permalink
  3. Thanks to Sandy for the feedback about a previous post I made regarding a wonderful presentation by Benjamin Zander where many of the exciting ideas he expounds, I feel, can be applied to photography (and indeed any art). Here is a performance by musicia

    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

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