Blimey! Inspirashun. Nuff said, yeah?

After my test shoot with Tom on the 6th October, I walked away from the shoot feeling that my images were far too simple for this project, and so I began to think of different ideas

After stepping away from the monochrome darkroom after a year or so, I have been really eager to get back into the environment so I decided to look at experimental darkroom images by doing a quick Google Image search and looking at various things on my Pintrest. Below are some of the examples I have found.

The images I have found have inspired me greatly. Not only do they focus on the nude aspects of photography but by undergoing different experimentations to distort the image. By distorting the images in various ways like the images have undergone above, it helps to create more of a sense of fragmentation and also adds an element of “Fine Art” to the photography – the process taken to create these photographs have been carefully perfected on and look artistic or something you would have featured in a gallery.

Using this as inspiration, I want to focus my photography on using film, preferably 120mm still as I am still able to pick up the detail in my photoshoots and if I was to do anything to the film negatives I have plenty of space to experiment with. Once photoshoots have taken place I then want to undergo surface manipulation, playing with different materials, water and maybe even other chemicals to see what outcomes works best and to try and figure out how to make my imagery look more in the topic of The Fragmented Body. 


To help me get started for my project, I decided to create a mood board of images to help me feel inspired.
Most of the time I normally Google-Image search the idea I have and spend a copious amount of time cutting and sticking images to fill either an A4 page or across my wall… That was until my friend who has previously graduated from my course introduced me to Pintrest (Thank you Fran!).

Pintrest is great for any enthusiastic blogger or for new people like me – the website pretty much acts like a digital pin board, where you can create sub-pinboards and pin your favourite things to posts that interest you to uploading and pinning your work. So as you can imagine, for photographers just like me I managed to create a pinboard where I am not limited to how many photographs/ideas I want to pin and I can access it anywhere without the fear of spilling tea all over my work book.
Don’t get me wrong, I have placed something into my Research and Development book to go alongside with my submission but by doing this I feel limited to the space that I am using.

So for all you fellow photographers out there that are stuck with how to begin your projects, I highly recommend pintrest!
If you want to feel inspired, you can have a look at my online-mood board by CLICK HERE


To help me try and think of ideas to start my Narrative Project off, I decided to write down a list of everything that I find inspirational. I felt that this was a good way to start this project as I was feeling really confused and stuck on where I should begin to start.  This list includes things from idols such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes (A British explorer) to books such as Private Peaceful.
By doing this, I hope to gain some confidence in knowing where to start for getting ideas.

My Inspirations

  • Sense of Adventure
  • Memory
  • History – World War I & II, 1940’s
  • The Body
  • Family and Friends – Mum, Brother, Stepfather, Sara, Kierran
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • Captain Robert Falcon Scott
  • Ernest Shackleton
  • Monty Halls
  • Tattoos
  • Rockabilly
  • Armed Forces
  • Fairytales / Fantasy
  • Marilyn Monroe.

Artists andPhotographers

  • Andy Warhol
  • David Bailey
  • Elsie Wright & Frances Griffiths
  • Chris Duffy
  • Charley Macksey
  • Ansel Adams
  • Tim Walker
  • Annie Leibovitz
  • Nan Goldin
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Eve Arnold
  • Jackson Pollock
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Jo Spence


  • Dave McPherson
  • Martin Harley / Band
  • Acoustic & Classical Guitar
  • Dave Grohl /Foo Fighters
  • Military Marching Songs
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Mumford & Sons


  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  • Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo
  • Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
  • Brothers Grimm Fairytales
  • The Secret Garden – Frances. H. Burnett
  • PS. I Love You – Cecilia Ahern
  • Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind
  • A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin.

Film & TV

  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Glenn Miller Story
  • Singin’ In The Rain
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • A Game of Thrones
  • ‘Allo ‘Allo
  • Snatch
  • Cast Away
  • Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal,Red Dragon, Hannibal Rising)
  • Marvel / DC films
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Open All Hours
  • Immortals
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Lock, Stock & Two Smokin’ Barrells
  • Schindler’s List
  • Downton Abbey
  • Doctor Who.