Where do you find your inspiration?

I am finding this question increasingly easy to answer: my passion for amateur photography just continues to grow.

I recently started experimenting by including some of the results in my and my company’s Twitter feeds – without a particularly obvious objective other than to share and maybe to introduce people to the idea of seeking inspiration in new and different places.

For me there has always been something truly inspiring about wandering around – for example through the streets of a city – and finding views, angles, perspectives.

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I’ve blogged before about how this can lift my spirits Noticing

It can be challenging arriving into a new place with me – I am less interested in the ‘set pieces’ than I am in the people, the colours, the ambience, the vibe, the unexpected and the sky. Oh the sky! Some say there is too much of it in my shots. Well I just love the sky.

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In a museum or art gallery I’m soaking up the overall impact and keen to see what’s in the next room whilst others are methodically studying each individual item on display. That’s OK by the way – I’m happy doing what I’m doing and I’m right here if you need me. Right here.

Plonk me down at an outside table with a book, or a loved one, or a new friend and (crucially) a view and I can be at my best. Happened again this week – a really productive conversation which would have been that bit less productive if I hadn’t had the stunning sea-view from a rather nice restaurant in Brighton.

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There’s evidence for this in my MBTI profile. Off the scale on E (energy from the world around me etc) with that very telling OOPS on Intimacy – so I can be energised by being on my own or with a small group of people whilst surrounded by the inspiring world at large. Also a clear preference for N so don’t bother me too much with the detail in the gallery, don’t ask me to study any one thing for too long.

At its extreme I end up doing things like taking a photo of the cupola outside the open window whilst everyone else is excited by the fresco on the wall in the room inside. Yes this happened very recently:

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When I’m stuck on something in my home office I pop out into my local area to see what’s going on. And often end up running back to capture the resulting ideas.

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Some of my clearest ever thinking has been inspired by the mountains and sky in Andalucia Complete.Clarity.Of.Thought

As an HRD you would catch me “wandering around”. People notice what leaders do of course. For me it was combining a desire to be visible and ‘grabbable’ as the HR guy whilst also seeking an infusion of ideas & thoughts by simply being out and about. So I would tour the floors without a specific destination. Some would say that’s a waste of time – I think it was some of the best time I ever spent.

My preferred way of breaking an impasse (ER or other) would often be a walk around the park or along the river with someone.

And to this day I can be inspired by what is going on outside the meeting room. Don’t worry – I’m right here but I might just be at my best if the world is more present in the room.

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Anyway back to the photography – I’m going to continue sharing some random but favourite shots on my Twitter feed. It’s part of who I am so I am revealing the authentic me. But crucially some of them really show me (and you) where I get my inspiration from. The things that are ‘out there’……

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That building, that fountain, that statue, that shadow, those puddles, the clouds, the sky. Oh the sky!

That’s me. And you? Where does your inspiration come from?

(You can find out more about me and my work at www.chelsham.co – if you’re feeling inspired.)

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