There is something about David Maisel’s work that has always stuck with me. I was first exposed to his “Library of Dust” project while in school. His attention to detail and the selected subject matter felt very personal to me. Each of these objects were shot in a very scientific way, with their solid black backgrounds and even wash of light over each of the canisters. These photographs weren’t about the photos but the objects in the photos, and Maisel doesn’t try to distract from each of them with fancy lighting or shallow depth of field, he lets each of these objects shine on their own. After reading the artist statement for this work, I felt that these urns were shot with a respect and dignity that the people hadn’t been granted with a traditional burial setting.
I have gone back to look at his works many times since I discovered him and have found a new source of inspiration each time. I believe it is SO important as an artist and human really to find sources of inspiration or enlightenment to keep yourself fulfilled and happy.
His newest work “The Fall” are aerial landscape photographs. Aerial photography is something that Maisel has done with many previous projects and this project is so inspiring to me. The work doesn’t appear to be landscape photography but they are representative of abstract paintings. His attraction to design and angles is something that I really admire. I’ve been looking at his work lately to find inspiration in a new project that I’ve been brainstorming lately.
Staying inspired is something I always have to work HARD at especially when life is really busy. I really hope that you found this inspiring, or its made you remember what inspires you.
I know this post is a little off topic but I have reached a point in my life where I feel like I need to find my purpose; my reason to exist in this world. It is a funny corner to turn, when you’ve been living most of your life without any thought of what the decisions you make in your life might do for your future. I recently read an article featuring an open letter that Hunter S. Thompson wrote to answer what he thought the meaning of life was, and I found it very poignant at this stage in my life.
As I see it then, the formula runs something like this: a man must choose a path which will let his ABILITIES function at maximum efficiency toward the gratification of his DESIRES. In doing this, he is fulfilling a need (giving himself identity by functioning in a set pattern toward a set goal), he avoids frustrating his potential (choosing a path which puts no limit on his self-development), and he avoids the terror of seeing his goal wilt or lose its charm as he draws closer to it (rather than bending himself to meet the demands of that which he seeks, he has bent his goal to conform to his own abilities and desires).
In short, he has not dedicated his life to reaching a pre-defined goal, but he has rather chosen a way of life he KNOWS he will enjoy. The goal is absolutely secondary: it is the functioning toward the goal which is important. And it seems almost ridiculous to say that a man MUST function in a pattern of his own choosing; for to let another man define your own goals is to give up one of the most meaningful aspects of life — the definitive act of will which makes a man an individual.
You can read the full letter HERE
I hope you find something inspiring from it too.