Since graduating from my Photography degree in the summer i've been struggling a lot with feeling uninspired and quite honestly, have been feeling quite down in the dumps. For as long as I remember I’ve loved photography and my whole life revolved around it. I was always coming up with new ideas, having photoshoots on a weekly basis, until I went to University. Doing a degree in photography has sadly ruined it for me, being forced for three years to make work that I really wasn’t that excited about has truly knocked my confidence. I can’t remember the last time Ive really gotten excited about an idea. I’ve forgotten what it feels like to feel inspired and have an organic thought that wasn’t knocked down by a tutor or was forced into a different direction that I was unsure about.
During the months since my graduation i’ve been trying to keep myself busy and inspired as much as I can, but thats easier said than done. I spend my time volunteering for a local charity and interning at a fashion studio, but even then I can’t help but feel a little lost as to what i’m doing with my life. So whenever i’m feeling like I need a creative pick me up I always reach for the same three books to perk me back up again.
‘Its Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want To Be’ by Paul Arden
This is the book I reach for when i’m feeling lost and confused about not knowing where my life is headed. I first read this whole book on a day where I felt my life had no purpose and by the end of it I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. With quick concise motivational advice, its perfect for a quick boost of clarity and empowerment. Sometimes you just have to keep telling yourself that just because something bad has happened doesn’t make it a bad thing. I try my best to not have regrets as I am a firm believer that everything does happen for a reason. This book teaches you that good things can come from past mistakes, and to focus on the good and not the bad.
‘I’ve Lived In East London For 86 1/2 Years’ by Martin Usborne
When I feel like I need a reminder of why I love photography the Hoxton Mini Press books are always my top choice, this being the first book they published. This photo narrative book is all about Joseph Markovitch, who has spent his whole life living in the same area of East London. I love the photographs in this book and the little snippets of his thoughts on various different topics like work, religion and even Jennifer Lopez. When I first started taking photography seriously making a photographic book like this was always a huge aspiration of mine. This just reminds me sometimes to not ever let go of that dream.
‘It’ by Alexa Chung
I couldn’t write about inspirational books without including this one. For as long as I can remember Alexa Chung has been a HUGE inspiration for me. Theres nothing about her I do not love, so when ‘It’ came out I knew I had to have it. Even just having a flick through and looking at the pictures in this book make me feel better, the design and even the feel of the front cover just sends my brain into overload. I love every single thing about this book and could easily read it cover to cover every day if I had the time to.
I'm always wanting to add more inspirational books to my collection, do you have any favourites you'd recommend?