Let History Inspire You

I love history, and I think old photos can inspire all kinds of stories.  This is the reason why I collect old railway posters, and why I love to trawl through old photos.

If you're ever looking for inspiration for characters or locations or historical periods, make the most of photography!

Have a dig through your old family photos and see what inspires you.  Antique shops are also fantastic places to find old prints and photos.  Then there are museums, libraries and the Internet. 

Here are some images I've been inspired by!

My Nan, in the 1970s, at a stall she used to work at

My Granddad (on the right) in the Royal Navy

One of my Christmas gifts! What a fantastic image!

Ooooh, where do the tunnels go? WHERE ARE THE PASSENGERS!

Think you could write something based on these images?

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off for a marathon...

:D :D :D

Comments

  1. Definitely for the tube. That's been the home to some creepy stories and scenes in the past. American Werewolf in London, anyone?

    Ooo yay series 2 is out! I want to find that clue Steven Moffat's been talking about.

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    1. I *love* visiting the underground, probably because I don't have to use it every day :P I find it so inspiring and yeah, definitely for horror stories!

      I reckon I've figured it out, but ssshhhhh! No spoilers here for those poor unfortunate non-Brits!

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  2. SERIES 2 IS OUT WHAAAAAAT. >:O *still hasn't watched it*

    And YES. I love looking at old pictures for inspiration. It almost gives me this sort of creepy feeling, like you're looking through a window and seeing the past. (So cliched. But still.)

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    1. It's only out over here I'm afraid, although maybe it's on iTunes in the US?

      The whole seeing the past is my favourite part of historical photography. It reminds me I didn't come from nowhere :)

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  3. I am inspired by history that you really need to go to a museum to appreciate. One of my favorite places is The Met in NYC where you can go and see the Temple of Dendur. It's not as ancient as I'd like (I particularly love the Old Kingdom of Egypt) but it helps remind me of the amazing places I saw when I went to Egypt.

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    1. I'd love to go to Egypt. It's on my To Do list! Until then, the British Museum's exhibits will have to do.

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  4. Old railway posters? Awesome! Also, I should clearly watch Sherlock...

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    1. Hee, my railway poster is steadily growing ^^; Last count has me up to seven! I also have books with them in :D

      YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED SHERLOCK!?!?!?! GO. GO NOW. COME BACK LATER! Series 2 is on iPlayer and series 1 is really cheap. YOUR EXCUSES ARE MEANINGLESS. WATCH IIIIIT!

      ;)

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  5. I *did* exist in the 1970s, though I was but a wee lad. :) And yay for Sherlock!!!

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  6. I love old subways ever since watching Ghostbusters 2. Next time I go to NYC, I'm going to visit the transit museum.

    And I really need to start watching Dr. Who and see what all the commotion is about!

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    1. I'll have to go there too when I go back to NYC... Although I have nooooo idea when that will be ^^;

      Doctor Who? Yeah, sure. But those are Sherlock DVDs ;) And that's one show you *definitely* need to watch.

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  7. Old photos are great for conjuring ideas. I especially love the one with your nan at the market - and loving those prices too!

    I wish I'd started watching Sherlock, everyone is raving about it. Will have to get a DVD of my own.. ;o)

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    1. The prices are the reason I posted it. If only!! ;)

      Sherlock's the best thing the BBC have put out in years.

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  8. Ah, I love this idea! Old photos are so fun. I like trying to imagine the story behind the image that's captured.

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    1. Me too. Photos are the most amazing things :)

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