Sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. It serves as the single most inspiring website for images, motivating quotes, recipes, makeup, style, adventure, and everything in-between, and I love it for that. But at the same time, the endless feed of amazing images can deeply overwhelm me, leaving me considering: what else could I possibly contribute? It’s a delicate balance that can give me both the euphoria of flying and the sudden depression of drowning in all the beautiful images that have already been taken. Lately, I’m able to pull myself ashore when I feel like I’ve seen too many graphics, and now I use it as a search engine for diving deeper into topics that interest me. After years on this platform (I remember when it was invite only!), I’m wondering what these collections of images say about each of us.
So, I thought it’d be fun to share what’s on my homepage and what the things are that inspire me.
On my main Pinterest homepage, I’m bombarded with things I love – perhaps why I am often completely overwhelmed by the site. Seeing things that inspire you in every aspect of life can feel like it’s splitting you into several different pieces. Should I travel? Can I do my makeup like that? What are those five workouts for my abs? So many questions can come up that make me realize how I want to do everything all at once. It’s just another challenge when dealing with this issue I mentioned a few weeks ago.
First, it’s apparent I love beautiful things. There isn’t usually an image on my feed that’s ugly unless it’s an ad or a rogue post. I love pastels, dreamy settings, and happy things. When Jon and I are out photographing, he is drawn to the gritty or the ominous, while I am always framing the world in its most beautiful form. And even when I struggle with that, as was the case when we were in the grey Louisiana swamp on an overcast day, I still did my best to find beauty in texture, color, and patterns.
I make it pretty evident on She’s So Bright that I love vintage images, particularly of Hollywood starlets, but it’s easy to see that this is also the case on Pinterest. I grew up watching old movies with my dad (who will forever be in love with Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe), so from an early age, I was fascinated by these films, their actors, and especially, the costumes. I love seeing black and white photos of Audrey Hepburn, behind the scenes from movies, and fashion from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.
Flowers are a big inspiration to me and are a favorite thing of mine to photograph. I also love staged images on simple backdrops, watercolors, paper items and anything glittery or pink. Makeup and skincare is more important to me than clothes, and that’s reflected in the varied closeups of lady’s faces. I’m also excited by interior design, beautiful places, and travel locations. These all inspire me to travel more, find new hotels, and give me ideas for the all the places I hope to visit someday.
There’s one thing in here that has me blushing, and that’s the image of Jason Momoa (at the top) who I saw a few months back while dressed as Wonder Woman at a convention. I can’t help but say that he’s a little bit of my eye candy as of late, and I sincerely enjoy looking at his handsomeness. The romance-novel-loving side of me always needs a bit of that kind of inspiration.
The one thing I’m surprised isn’t on here – recipes! But, then again, I find recipes I like and print them, rather than pin them to Pinterest. That’s how I know I’m more likely to try them, rather than hoard a bunch of ideas online. I’m also acutely aware of the lack of diversity to the images I’m shown, as well as them being heavily favored towards the young, thin and white. It’s always important to recognize what you’re being fed, and think critically about why that is, what role you have in it, and how you can be more aware of what you’re consuming.
So, I showed you mine…now show me yours. What shows up on your Pinterest page?
To see all my fabulous pins, follow me on Pinterest here! And share your Pinterest page in the comments so I can follow you too. Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the images on Pinterest? How do you make it manageable for yourself? All images in this post are from my Pinterest feed.