I love to travel. There is no better inspiration than stepping out of your usual surroundings and going out into the world and exploring.
Last night I was watching an episode of Poirot. (the late 90s tv show about the eccentric investigator, based on the novels by Agatha Christie). The episode took place in France and England, two countries that I have visited before. I now have such a strong craving to go back! Quaint cafes, cobble stone streets, museums and shops, foreign foods, old buildings…
Sometimes when I stay in one place for too long I feel like my creativity gets exhausted. I need a small break to go and explore somewhere else; see, taste, and hear new things. Then I can return and look at my own space with fresh eyes. As Seneca is quoted, “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
As I have mentioned before I love photography. When I travel I love to take lots and lots of photos. Not just of the tourist attractions like the London Eye, or Eiffel Tower, but also of unique things that other people might not see worthy of a photograph. I enjoy landscapes and buildings, and in particular windows and doors. There is something very mysterious and beautiful about windows and doors. What is behind them? Where do they lead to? Who lives behind them?
When I was in high school I studied Creative Writing in England for a month. What better way to learn creative writing then to be immersed in a new environment, with all new people and all new things to see! I loved to sit on my window sill in my room in London. It overlooked a small street with beautiful,white flats all in a row. From my window ledge I was a voyeur, spying in on peoples lives.
My favourite person to watch was a dressmaker. She would only work late at night sewing clothing. Her room was filled with rolls of fabric and old dressmaking Judys. In my head I liked to create stories about her. What I saw out my window became inspiration for poems, and short stories.
I will let you in on a little secret. I will soon be working on a body of work that is partially inspired by my travels to different countries. The pieces will be inspired by the different senses also. I can’t say too much more because I don’t want to ruin the surprise!