Self Portrait Tuesday: Personal History (Inspiration Board)
Welcome to The Den of Ward, circa 1987. (Best viewed larger.) I found this photo after going through a box of old photographs of mine, most of them dating back to my years in high school. I'm very glad that I took this because it says so much about me and what I was into when I was a teenager. (I was 18 when I took this shot.)
I was a big Pink Floyd fan, can't you tell? And Led Zeppelin. And The Doors. And for some reason, Bob Geldof, but mostly because of that whole Live Aid thing he got started up. A whole wave of memories rushed over me while taking a closer look at all the little details here. Forgotten friends, long lost bits of paper and trinkets. Stupid stuff, silly stuff, fun stuff, serious stuff: it's all me here and it's all my past.
(Be sure to visit this image's Flickr page to check out all the goodies I've noted.)
Compare this with my current inspiration board at work. Some similarities in the way I construct the board: basically a hodgepodge of things that interest me, inspire me, tickle me, makes me think -- you name it. I still love music, but don't promote any bands or musicians like I used to. Something about when you're a teenager who and/or what you listen to is such a BIG DEAL. It's what defines you and makes you an individual. Now, my life is defined by Andrea, Ava and Ezra. They make me the man that I am today.
And that inspires me to no end.