Inspired by | Vivian Maier

Inspired by: a monthly creative blog series by Riikka Kovasin and Marsha Valk

Happy Friday! Almost weekend and… it’s time for a new Inspired by!

Inspired by is a blog series by my friend Riikka and I. We decide on a theme (and that theme can be anything from a film, a book, a painting, to an item, colour scheme or material) and then we create something with that theme or thing in mind.

We keep what we’re making a secret until reveal day on the 10th, when we show you and each other our creations.

This month’s theme

This time we choose a photographer!

I’ve mentioned Vivian Maier here before, because I took a Vivian Maier inspired street photography workshop once. (You can see some of the photos I took in this post: 141108 Amsterdam).

What I didn’t mention there is that I also went to an exhibition of her work, I watched both documentaries and that I followed one of the blogs where her photos were first published over six years ago. I can’t remember which one and I also don’t know how I discovered it. The only thing I do remember is that the images and the story blew me away!

That said, it might surprise you that I wasn’t the one that suggested Vivian Maier for this month’s theme. Riikka did! I believe she saw the documentary ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ and I think she was as intrigued like I am!

The project

So… what was I going to do with this theme? If I would have had more time to think and play, I would probably have made this into a bigger project. I could have gone into the city to shoot new (black & white?) photos or to make a little movie for this Inspired by.

But I had too much going on and not a lot time to ponder over it, so I rewatched the documentary for added input.

This is what I wrote down:
Garbage cans
Self portraits
Pack rat
Brought ‘her life’ with her
Photos shot from the hip up
Adventures (with the kids)
Found junk
World trip
Dark side

I cannot even begin to tell you all the possible leads that popped into my head! But there wasn’t enough time! I decided to go with the low hanging fruit… self portraits.

And even that was a challenge, because I hardly ever take selfies. I’ve only got a handful of recent photos with me in them and they are really crappy. I’ve never been a huge selfie taker, but lately, if I do take one, they usually do not turn out good. Because I just want to get it over with. So it has a lot to do with me not making the effort, but it’s also a definite sign of me not being happy with the way I look at this point.

So… photos. What do you do with photos? You scrapbook them of course! Another challenge for me to conquer… I hadn’t scrapbooked in months!

I had noticed Denise Morrison‘s approach to pocket page scrapbooking on her Instagram feed and I decided that a baseball card pocket page was the way to go. I dug out the Scrapdelight December Daily kit I purchased last year, but didn’t use… and came up with this:

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Vivian Maier


I can still do it. I can still make a decent scrapbook page! It is simple, but fun. Even with crappy photos. And I enjoyed making it!

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Vivian Maier

The one thing that I struggled with, is actually quite obvious if you know me and my scrapbooking style… There is no journaling on this page.

It’s not that I don’t know what to say. Because I know exactly what this page is about. This page is like a mirror. Hence the title. It’s the story I tell myself. And there is no need for me to put it on this page.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Vivian Maier

Sooooo… Let’s see what Riikka has created! I can’t wait!

3 thoughts on “Inspired by | Vivian Maier

  1. I love the story of Vivian Maier and that you and Riikka have chosen it for your topic. Both of your ideas and projects are beautiful – thanks for sharing.

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