“Inspiration exists but it has to find us working.” – Pablo Picasso
I wrote a piece not long ago where I discussed how I have been struggling to inject personality into my work since beginning my treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which you can read here.
The other day however, I just decided that enough is enough. Whilst looking through my old content I couldn’t help but feel so incredibly uninspired by some of my articles. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing them but I am often itching to pen content with a bit more substance.
I stumbled across a “What’s In My Bag?” post and just thought “I don’t give a shit what’s in my bag, never mind anyone else.”
I just stared at it thinking, at what point did I lose myself? I feel its ok for me to have the odd article similar to this one because I enjoy creating them but I don’t want to use these posts as a replacement for a personality. I needed to find some inspiration again, so I began my hunt.
When I was 13, my friends and I were sat in the playground at school when one of them asked, “If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?”
Now to some people this might sound strange but I answered “South Bank”. Not London, but specifically South Bank. That was before I had ever even visited.
I always had a really romantic idea of exactly what it would be like and when I eventually decided to go, it was everything that I imagined it would be.
Ever since then, my sister and I have visited the Christmas markets every year, without fail. I adore it when there is a thin sheet of frost over the bank and no one really cares what they look like because they’re too busy wrapping themselves up in thick woolly jumpers and bobble hats. All the while they’re having an amazing day with friends and family or even having a bit of “me” time whilst taking in the magic that South Bank has to offer.
That was until I started University. Naturally, I applied at London South Bank University and when I got in, I expected that I would make the most of South Bank in the three years that I was there. However, the novelty wore off for me rather quickly and I didn’t visit half as much as I thought that I would.
That is something that I regret massively. Taking it for granted that is. I do have to say though, since leaving University my feelings towards it have returned as though they had never left in the first place.
Taking all of this into consideration, I thought that it would be a good place to start my search for inspiration.
I was in London on Monday anyway as my sister had bought me tickets to see Ricky Gervais at Leicester Square Theatre for my birthday, so I decided to go in early and spend the day on South Bank.
My trip was successful to say the least. I visited the Tate Modern which in itself was inspiring enough, but I also ended up taking a considerably large amount of photographs. Some of which I wanted to share with you on his post.
It was amazing. The evening was about finding my funny and during the day, I well and truly fell in love with London again.
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“Everybody needs a place to think.”
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” – Pablo Picasso
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” – Claude Monet