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Italian Brother – ‘Inspiration’

“Inspiration (from the Latin inspirare, meaning "to breathe into") refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour. The concept has origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration came from the muses, as well as the gods Apollo and Dionysus. Similarly, in the Ancient Norse religions, inspiration derives from the gods, such as Odin. Inspiration is also a divine matter in Hebrew poetics. In the Book of Amos the prophet speaks of being overwhelmed by God’s voice and compelled to speak. In Christianity, inspiration is a gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Wikipedia came to my help).
Inspiration, then, is the main sparkle for everything, or so it seems. To me inspiration is like a big curtain above my eyes that when it’s unveiled I can see every little details of that stunning stage called the world.

I think we all go through phases of incredible productivity or complete emptiness. Well at least I do. There are times that the gods are looking at me with favourable eyes and wherever I turn and look I will see nothing but incredible images waiting for me to be photographed. Some other times, however, for whatever reason the sacrifice didn’t please the gods and they would just turn me into a blind man, roaming the streets without any motivation.

It has been like this for a while now, and I blame the winter months. I know it’s an excuse, for I see other people snapping away incredible photographs, so why I can’t? Why do I feel a gigantic curtain rolled down in front of my eyes? I have a persistent gnawing, hollow, empty feeling whenever I think to go out and to take some photos. What is the reason behind all this? Have I lost my magic touch?

Unfortunately I don’t really have any answers to all these questions, but I know that art cannot be hasted; one needs to take its time to reflect, but I also know that when those curtains fall and when I start seeing again there are startling, stunning moments out there to be caught! Until then, I will follow Kevin Kuster’s suggestion: “Inspiration and good subjects to photograph are always around us, we just need to have the courage to find them and the ability to create something interesting out of the ordinary. My advice for you today is to find something that you see as ordinary and mundane and make it EXTRAordinary!”




© Dilshad Corleone – ‘London’s First Snow’

Dilshad Corleone aka italianbrother on Instagram, albeit in love with the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson and his 35mm format, considers himself to be a true iphoneographer. His street photography has been exhibited at the Vyner Studio in London for the Photomonth East London (October 2012), at KCC Chelsea in London A collective Iphoneography Exhibition (November 2012), at the Truman Brewery in London for the Iconic London Exhibition (December 2012), at the Unit24 Gallery in London MobilePixation Mobile Arts Exhibition (December 2012), At the Laboratorio de Artes Variedades, Guadalajara, Mexico for the Dreams Without Borders Exhibition (December 2012 – January 2013), at the Garden Gate Creativity Centre in Berkeley, California and at the Galerie OutOfMyMind in Bremen, Germany as part of the Third Wave Iphoneography Exhibition (January 2013), at MacWorld International Conference in Los Angeles as part of the Mobilmasters Exhibition (Januarry/February 2013), Soho Gallery For Digital Arts in New York as part of the Mobile Photo Award Exhibition (February 2013). Dilshad’s work is gracing the wall of private owners in London, Italy, France, Spain and the USA, and he is a columnist for Dilshad has travelled widely all over the world, especially in East Asia, Africa and recently in Iraq where he worked in an orphanage as a volunteer. His Iphoneography have a strong feel of the old 1920’s 1930’s photography and he loves the grunge, the dirt, and the grit. Dilshad is also fond to portray the unspoken London, the untold London, with heavily blurred background, men with big, long beards, hats and characteristic and peculiar faces. Iphoneography and Street-photography has given him the power to tell his stories, what he sees and what touches him.


  • Sue Fagg

    Absolutely… But there are days when it’s a bit of a stretch, aren’t there!!

    • Dilshad

      Yes there are, and one should not stretch it just for the sake, a pause can be beneficial… thank you for your comment!

  • Geri

    Ah my brother. It’s kind of like going through the dark night of the soul that the spiritual masters speak about. Your eyes will see anew again. Everything you create is beautiful…

    • Albertina

      There is so much beauty in the word…Thanks for “sharing” (my English sucks…sorry ) your work,that for me means art, with us.Albertina from Mendoza-Argentina.

    • Dilshad

      Your comment is truly beautiful and you give me the energy to continue! thank you for all your love! Yes, I will see again!

    • Dilshad

      My Dearest Sis!!! thank you so much for all your support!! your words are full of warmth and love and you really give me so much all the time!! i cannot thank you enough for your friendship!

  • Albertina

    I just love your art! xoxo Albertina. Besos desde Mendoza-Argentina-América del Sur (bien al Suuurrrr remitiendo a una banda de rock legendaria en nuestro vasto país.Interesados contactarse.Cariños! Albertina.