I realized something. I’ve been keeping a diary of inspiration through my screenshots. Scrolling through the 20,000 images on my phone, I delighted in the quotes and bits of sage advise I clipped. Because I am editing images I made in May 2021, I filtered through the screenshots I captured during that time and was pulled into what was speaking to me. I was weaving a story of romance, self-discovery, color, and falling in love with the turn of a new decade of life for me. The missing piece, however, is reflection. Why do these words and images speak to me? I will have to steal some time to make room for reflection and perhaps create something inspired by my screenshots. Maybe build a body of work around them.
I am itching to play with flowers again soon, especially flowers from my garden. I let these tulips from last spring’s garden wither a little before photographing them. Inspired by Frida Kahlo quote I knew I had to capture their final moment before they died.
“His constellation of favored themes is distinct: maps, landscapes, windows, still life, interiors, fog, the seaside, the objects in artists’ studios, peopled obscured in some way..” I love this line from Tegu Cole’s New York Times article about the Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri. I often ask myself, “what kind of photographer do you want to be when you grow up?” The problem with this question is its limits. I don’t, nor have I ever only photographed one type of thing. Immediately, I reflected on my distinct themes feeling a deep urge to bring them to higher resolution in my mind and not feel shy about diligently pursuing them, adding to my constellation. Childhood, flowers, still life, the seaside, artist studios, interiors. I leave you today with a theme I’ve explored in my own home and others: Interiors.
Photography by Natalie Pigliacampo
Design by Amy Pigliacampo