Writing inspirations – a coffee bar for gentlemen, apparently

Today’s writing inspiration is a photo I took of a coffee bar in central Wellington, New Zealand, with a very – er – unusual brand name.

It's called - er - what?

It’s called – er – what?

I had to look at it twice. And then photograph it. Also intriguing are the silhouettes of old-style police. Inspiration for a story? You betcha.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

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Writing inspirations – the magnificent Buller Gorge, in mist

Today’s writing inspiration is a photo I took of the Buller Gorge, one damp day.

A monochrome Buller Gorge, one wet day early in 2013.

A monochrome Buller Gorge, one wet day.

The gorge and river are both named after Charles Buller, the first pakeha explorer to venture into the district in the early 1840s. The original name of the river, Kawatiri (meaning, among other things, ‘deep swift’), is seldom used these days. It is a magnificent place where the prevailing cloud and mists add drama to a spectacular landscape. An inspiration by any measure.

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Writing inspirations – about to fly

Today’s writing inspiration is a photo I took of a commuter aircraft I was about to get on board at Nelson Airport, New Zealand.

Preparing for take-off...

Preparing for take-off…

Commuter flight has become as routine, these days, as jumping on a bus. A point to ponder – and an inspiring testament to the way technology has transformed – and continues to transform – our lives.

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Writing inspirations – a panorama of Port Jackson from north head

Today’s writing inspiration for writers of all persuasions is a photo I took of Port Jackson – Sydney harbour – looking back from the north head.

Port Jackson - Sydney Harbour - on a sunny Saturday.

Port Jackson – Sydney Harbour – on a sunny Saturday.

The first European to set eyes on it was James Cook, who passed by in 1770 and named it after Sir George Jackson, a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty. It became the centre of a penal colony, 18 years later, partly by chance. The initial effort to set up at Botany Bay, a little around the coast, foundered for lack of water. But a stream was found in Port Jackson – the Tank Stream, running down between what are now George and Pitt Streets in central Sydney.

I find it inspiring to imagine the place as it once was, 250 years ago – a landscape bare to European eyes, yet a flourishing home for the Gadigal people among others.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

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Writing inspirations – an old farmhouse, crumbling with time

Today’s writing inspiration is a photo I took of an old farmhouse near Dovedale, Nelson, New Zealand.

Photo I took, by chance, of an old farm building near Dovedale, Nelson district, New Zealand.

Photo I took, by chance, of an old farm building near Dovedale, Nelson district, New Zealand.

The house crumbles with age now, ivy and foliage intruding across its walls. But once it was loved, once it was a home. You can imagine the stories, imagine the history. An inspiration for writers.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

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Writing inspirations – the 1930s as we would wish them to be

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 1930 despite the appearences...

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.

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Writing inspirations – Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

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.

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.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

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