Current Inspirations

Thistles photographed whilst cycling

It’s time for another update on who’s inspiring me, who makes me want to stretch my artistic self and who’s helping me to relax.

The first and probably biggest inspiration, that I’ve already shared here earlier in the year, is the Girl’s With Camera group, which is run by German photographer Dawn Hansch. This female only online photographic space is a daily source of inspiration. Dawn posts prompts and ideas every day that are designed to create the urge to take out your camera and take photos. There’s advice available, monthly online question and answer sessions and a wonderful network of support. If you’d like to level up your photographic skills, check out Dawn’s group here https://girls-with-cameras.com

Sticking to the photographic scene, a couple of YouTube channels inspire me to continually improve. The biggest influence currently is Kutovakika, who I had the pleasure of interviewing last week for a future podcast episode of the Art Supply Posse. Kika’s attitude and photographic style is delightful. Check her out here https://www.youtube.com/c/Kutovakika

Another photographer I like is Chris Chuhttps://www.youtube.com/c/ChrisChu00 His self portrait videos in particular have inspired me over the past few months, although he has lots of other great videos too.

The final photography inspiration comes from Mango Street https://www.youtube.com/c/MangoStreet They have some unique videos, looking at a wide variety of photography and styles. They pack lots of great ideas into their videos, in a short space of time.

Looking further afield I’m finding inspiration from other creatives. Flo, from Art With Flo https://artwithflo.com/ continues to make me want to improve my digital art skills, as does BeeJayDel https://www.beejaydel.com Both have great tutorials on YouTube but also art communities online to provide further support and inspiration.

In what feels like a weird turn from the above inspirational people I’ve also found inspiration whilst reading books. The books I’ve read this year are a mixed bag of genres, but I find reading makes me feel good, which in turn helps me to be in the right head space to make art. I’ve read everything from Stephen King’s latest novel Billy Summers to 30+ year old books by Terry Pratchett to memoirs and more. This year I’ve read more books than I have for years. It’s a habit I hope to keep up.

How about you? What’s been inspiring you?

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