When I was a freshman in high school, way back in 2011 I created a little blog on a website called Tumblr. I remember when I first scrolled through being so enthralled by the images. Before then I only saw photography in magazines and this whole new world of fashion and design and creativity opened up for me.
This was far before I even had an Instagram or an iPhone but none the less I loved fashion. My Tumblr back then consisted of way too many Harry Potter posts, cheesy quotes about love, and any gif that sparkled definitely made its way to my feed. As the years went on I used Tumblr as a source of community and it allowed me to be social in a new way.
But above all, I loved the idea of curating images and using it as a source of fashion inspiration. However, somewhere along the line Tumblr became a really toxic space for me and I stopped using it all together. There's a debate that happens a lot nowadays about whether we’re all being more original and creative because we have so much access to information or if that information is limiting us and making us all the same. I think in a lot of ways Tumblr was really good for me but in a lot of ways it definitely drained me and made me feel inferior the way that Instagram does to me now. I really struggled with the fact that my Tumblr wasn't becoming ‘Tumblr famous’ as my friends were and I couldn't figure out why. I have this same debate with myself today with Instagram - ‘why are all my friends becoming insta famous and I'm not’? Which in reality is a really dumb thing to spend time thinking about. That's why I find finding inspiration both really freeing and really really scary at the same time.
The biggest way I find inspiration is through Instagram. I love the saved feature so I can make collections of photos that have great color or design or just photos I really love. I try to share a screenshot of my saved photos every week. It's a fun way to remind myself of images I saved and to share with my followers what my eye is drawn to. I always make sure to credit the Instagrams I find the pictures though because everyone deserves to feel seen for their work! I’ve also had really great conversations with artists I admire through tagging them. The power of Instagram!
There are a few types of photos that often find their way into my saves.
Graphic design is one of my favorite groups of art. My boyfriend, Chaz, goes to school for graphic design so he may have tipped me off to the beauty of typography and a perfectly aligned paragraph but none the less it inspires me daily. Graphic Design is something Chaz and I often talk about and its one of the reasons I love him so much. When talking about design its hard to find someone who understands your vision when it's in the conceptual stage, but Chaz always seems to get it. Graphic design is endlessly inspiring to me because its so simple but is so innovative and interesting and usually very functional. I am constantly looking at Fonts in Use for ideas on font pairings and color palettes. I really struggle with getting outside of my comfort zone when it comes to color so I look to graphic design for help a lot.
I also am extremely fascinated by tattoo art. I have two little stick and poke tattoos which you may have seen on my Instagram here and there. I follow a lot of stick and poke tattoo artists on Instagram because I love seeing their work. Tattoo art is so intentional and simple. I don't know how to describe it, I just love looking at it.
Obviously, I love fashion and it inspires a lot of what I do but I love fashion photography. I especially love when photos are more cinematic and feel like movie stills. I try to incorporate that sort of style into self-portraits I take. Photography is something that I’ve always loved but never really thought myself to be terribly good at so I am still learning. It's so difficult to take the way you envision something and execute it to match. I think that's why I admire cinematic photography so much, it feels really effortless.
I am going to start sharing more of what inspires me via some weekly Instagram stories (and maybe some blog posts). To keep up with that and everything else follow me on Instagram and Pinterest! Comment down below and tell me where you find your inspirtaion!