Weekly Inspiration: Anastasia Volkova

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All photos in this post – Copyright: Anastasia Volkova

Not too long ago, I was reading a an interview with Jean Smith Photography on iHeartFaces.com and she mentioned that her latest inspiration was a Russian photog by the name of Anastasia Volkova.  Little did I know how much this young artist’s work would inspire me as well.  First of all, Jean Smith’s interview was a great source of inspiration, mainly because she came into photography later in life but because of her passion for capturing great photos, her hobby turned into a career. Sound familiar? {I’m closing my eyes and making a wish!} Jean’s story really encouraged me.

I made my way over to Anastasia’s Flicker page . Her ability to capture movement, light and detail is incredible! When I finally dragged myself away from her “Army of Me” set (about 2 hours later), I immediately wanted to run outside and take photos of everything and anything — I wanted to take more pictures of myself, experiment with lighting, shadows, textures, themes, backgrounds…  It was like a high and I felt like I could do anything because no matter what I produced, my art would be my own. Just by sitting there, absorbing her work, I felt free — I felt empowered.  Man, inspiration is an incredible thing.

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That was a over a month ago and I still haven’t followed through with my initial desire to run out and shoot every and anything. I got busy. I became distracted. Life happened.  It can be a challenge but I have continue to remind myself to stay inspired, creative, driven.

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So when the days become long and your goals seem farther away today than the day before, never stop seeking inspiration — your resulting work could be just the inspiration someone else needs.

With love,
nicole.

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