Where Do You Find Inspiration?

Tom Wilson and David McCammonWhere do you find inspiration for your photography?

I get inspired from all over the place. Music, reading, a sunrise, something someone can say to me in passing. I see inspiration as something lighting a fire in my heart, mind, soul. It can be very brief or can last a whole evening and beyond as it did this past Thursday at the Kitchener Public Library during a presentation by Tom Wilson.

I’ve loved Tom’s music for many years. It can pick me up, make me dance or pause to reflect. This particular evening gave me pause to reflect upon honesty. Tom Wilson’s presentation came from the heart. He reflected on his past growing up in Hamilton. He was incredibly honest and open about where he came from, his successes and failures, alongside his hopes and aspirations going forward. You couldn’t ask for anything more powerful from an artist.

For those who don’t know Tom, he has this incredibly powerful, deeper than deep voice. Don’t worry, it soars like an eagle as well. On this occasion he read from his latest book, “Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the Road Home” accompanied by a grand pianist.

I’m currently reading his book which is filled with strong imagery. The story, HIS story also challenges our perceptions of self, of poverty, of our understanding of being native in this country.

Take a moment to discover Tom Wilson’s music and to read his book. If you ever have a chance to see him live, run, don’t walk. You won’t be disappointed.

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