(Inspiration) is an untroubled state of mind. Of course, we know that an untroubled state of mind cannot last, so we say that inspiration comes and goes, but it is there all the time waiting for us to be untroubled again.~Agnes Martin
This week, the Lens-Artists return from their summer break and pick up the gauntlet again with a new photo challenge. But first , we’d like to take a moment to extend a special thanks to our 5 guest hosts who led the challenges so wonderfully and skillfully in our absence–John Steiner of Journeys With Johnbo, Anne Sandler of Slow Shutter Speed, Rusha Sams of Oh The Places We See, Beth Smith of Wandering Dawgs, and Ana Campo of Anvica’s Gallery. Your themes inspired some terrific photographic fun.
As we move ahead to LAPC #160, we are inviting you to share photos of your inspiration. What does your inspiration look like? It can be a place, a subject, a person, or a book, for example. Actually, it can be just about anything that inspires you.
To get your creative “wheels” spinning, I’d like to share a small gallery of images which illustrate my inspiration. Throughout this post, I’m including quotes from the artist Agnes Martin, who wrote beautifully and thoughtfully about inspiration. Her insights have given me a valuable “window” on the creative process.
Like Agnes Martin, inspiration “finds” me when my mind is untroubled and I am “in the moment.” This can happen spontaneously on my daily walks, or during a visit to a special place—like the Pemaquid Lighthouse in Maine.
When I lived in New Hampshire, I was inspired by the iconic lighthouses guarding the rocky New England coast. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who was inspired by them!
‘The light was extraordinary, the feeling was extraordinary’ is the way in which many adults describe moments of inspiration. Although they have had them all their lives they never really recall them and are always taken by surprise. Adults are very busy, taught to run all the time. You cannot run and be very aware of your inspirations. ~Agnes Martin
Agnes Martin pinpoints two key elements of inspiration–the quality of light in a place and our feelings at that moment.
As many of you know, I’ve been inspired by Wallis Sands Beach during the pandemic. The light and beauty of the beach are breathtaking. I always end my walk feeling happier than when I started. No wonder it’s inspiring!
Beauty illustrates happiness; the wind in the grass, the glistening waves following each other, the flight of birds, all speak of happiness.~Agnes Martin
For Martin, happiness and beauty are interconnected. Both are conduits of inspiration. I totally agree. When I’m out exploring with my camera and I notice something beautiful, I am deeply happy. In those moments, even a “simple” sheaf of corn is revealed as a stunning example of nature’s exquisite design and intricate beauty. This visual gift gives me incredible joy.
The clear blue sky illustrates a different kind of happiness and soft dark night a different kind.~ Agnes Martin
A moment of inspiration captured on camera generates a mood–both in the photographer and the viewer. For me, this photo shot on a trip to Osoyoos with my husband and son, reflects a joyful calm at the end of a day of exploring.
That which takes us by surprise-moments of happiness-that is inspiration.~Agnes Martin
One last thought on inspiration….
It always takes me by surprise…like this moment on a recent walk in New York City. I stopped for a light on the corner of Central Park West and 59th Street and looked up, startled by the skyscrapers emerging from the clouds.
This week, we invite you to join us for LAPC #160 Your Inspiration. Please include a link to my original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can find you in the WP Reader. Your creativity is always inspiring and your continued support means so much to us.
Looking back, Ana’s Postcards theme inspired you to share samples of old postcards from your collections or create new ones of your own with captions! What a treat for all of us. I’m always looking for antique postcards which I use as visual inspiration when I’m working on a historical novel.
Looking ahead to August 14, Ann-Christine will lead LAPC #161. In the meantime, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.