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What Inspires You?

As the year comes to a close and the holiday season is knocking at our door, it’s easy to feel tired and lose yourself in the hustle and bustle around us.  I encourage you to take some time  to self reflect, renew yourself and concentrate on what inspires you.

Possibly you find inspiration in your family and loved ones.

Take the time to be with them.

Maybe you find inspiration in being outdoors.

Go out an enjoy a fresh snow fall, or if you’re lucky to live in a warm winter climate, enjoy the warm on your face.

Or maybe you find inspiration in someone who is living your dream (or one similar).

Learn from them and let them motivate you to find your own success.

As an underwater photographer, I find my inspiration most in the ocean.  Since I was a child I loved water.  I would eventually grow up to love diving, beautiful underwater sea creatures and meld my passion for photography with the submerged world.  No matter how many dives or portrait sessions I do, I find inspiration in it all.


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I also find inspiration in others.  I am continually blow away by London-based underwater photographer Zena Holloway.  Her photos possess a beautiful dream-like quality.  It’s as if your fantasies popped into real life.  The light and beauty in each photo is breathtaking. I highly encourage you to check out her work.

I also am inspired by Tomohide Ikeya, a Japanese photographer who brings light into darkness underwater.  His photos are raw with emotion; both hard and etherial at the same time.  He too believes that once submerged in water, fear leaves the body.  His recent BREATH project aims to capture that absence of fear.  I am thrilled to say that this weekend I will be assisting him on a photo shoot.  I am eager and excited to learn and have fun.  Stay tuned next week as I share my experience with him.

Don’t let the madness of the world stop you from following your inspiration. if you are unsure what yours might be, don’t let anything get in the way of finding it.  After all, “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
― Jack London

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