Today’s writing inspiration is another of my art deco pictures – a style of which I am a huge fan.
A photo I took in 2014, not 1935 despite the appearances…
I took this during the 2014 Art Deco weekend in Napier, New Zealand – a celebration not just of the styles of a bygone age, but of the magic of the day; of the 1930s not as they were, but as we would wish them to be. An inspiring thought.
Today’s writing inspiration is a photo I took of the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney.
Hyde Park barracks, Sydney – now a museum and a World Heritage site.
These barracks were designed by convict architect Francis Greenaway in 1818-19, originally as a place to house convicts. Since then they have also been a receiving depot for immigrants, an asylum, and law courts. And by imagining the lives of the people who used this building over nearly two centuries, we can be inspired with ideas and new thoughts.
Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is a photo I took of a fruiterer in Sydney.
Fruit stand at the seaward end of Hyde Park, Sydney.
You can find these stands all over the city – places to buy fresh fruit and a raft of other things. The proprietor is chatting with a customer. What stories do they hear, I wonder? What do they see of city life? Do they see its underside? Its business? All of it? Pause to think – to wonder – to be inspired.
Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is another photo I took in Napier, New Zealand. The city was rebuilt in ‘art deco’ styles after a devastating 1931 earthquake. This is the ‘Dome’, formerly the ‘T&G’ building, of 1936.
Close-up of the former T&G Building (1936).
Wellington architects Adkin and Mitchell produced something that harked forward to streamline themes – with those implicit undertones of the refined lifestyles and golden age Hollywood world of 1930s deco. Something to ponder; something to inspire.
Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is a photo I took of an old boat in Sydney harbour.
A boat in Sydney harbour…
The planking and paintwork says it all; and as writers we have to wonder who sailed on this boat over the years – what were their lives, their experiences, their hopes and their dreams? What are the stories that flow around this old boat?
Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is a photo I took of one of New Zealand’s fabulous landscapes. Big sky. Empty road. A vastness that belies the true scale of these modest South Pacific lands.
This is just east of Lake Wanaka, in high summer. I find it inspiring. Do you?