Sculptors studio St Petersburgh(Neat old seven series gathering dust)
Installation. Jessica Murray projects, Brooklyn.
The 3 books including the french cafe showing a spartan room near Loches in Touraine.In a back room here they play 'La boule de Fort' and behind a painted window is a painting of a nude lady. According to ritual the loser must open the window and 'kiss Fanny's arse' Now that's a top night out!
A while ago the Weaver of Grass http://weaverofgrass.blogspot.com/asked what inspires us? A good question that due to illness and not taking my anti-depressants I answered very negatively.I said nothing inspired me when it is closer to the truth to say that everything inspires me,or can. Music is a great inspiration,the human voice is the greatest instrument and if the words and music are right a song can be more affecting and primal and potent than any poem or written word or painting could ever be.Everyone has a soundtrack to their lives and a particular song can transport you back to any day or time or feeling, a n experience deeper and stronger than memory. Drink is the scourge of the planet along with other drugs,I wish I'd never taken a drop ,but I did and I feel it helps me write,whether this is real or not I don't know but most I have written was under the influence.In all probability it is just a psychological trigger I have given myself ,like one of Pavlovs dogs, but there you have it.Avoid it like the plague,I'm suresome people convince themselves that they can't write without it but we are codding our selves and killing ourselves at the same time.
I have 3 favourite books of photographs that I love and when I look through them I usually feel a spark of some kind.Not sure what it is ,but there's always definitely a beauty in them and a colour, a vibrancy and raw creativity (and pathos in the Rusian one) that is contagious and perhaps inspiring. I wouldn't look at them every day ,or even every week ,but just now and then when I get 'the feeling'
The books are Russia -photographs by Andrew Moore. Brooklyn : New Style (718) selected byLiz Farrelly and Martin Perrin and The French Cafe photographs by Eric Morin.