Inspiration Rx | Vivian Maier

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We have written about Ms. Maier before when her archives were first discovered (such an amazing story). Her observant eye that was able to capture such perfect moment’s in time; observation’s that may have been overlooked by someone not as in tune with her surroundings. This is a great lesson if you feel you just have nothing to shoot, write, draw…if you go through her prolific portfolio’s you will see that she must have done a lot of just walking about, observing and shooting. As that iconic PNW athletic company would say, ”Just do it’!

I was contacted last night by a company called Artsy that asked that we include additional information that they had collected on Ms. Maier’s behalf. Since she is such an enigma I was happy to oblige. I was really immediately hooked by their mission:

We strive to make all of the world’s art accessible to anyone. Our Vivian Maier page, for example, includes her bio, 110+ images of her works, exclusive articles about Vivian Maier, as well as her exhibitions.

I knew this was going to be an excellent resource for anyone that needed a little shot of Inspiration|Rx! Words that come to mind for Ms. Maier’s work (and if you are new to her, we hope you are equally as charmed by the story + discovery) are:

Mysterious. Observant. Quotidian.

Perhaps, these images and words will be a nice start for shooting, writing, drawing, lettering, cooking…? Whatever medium you choose to be creative this week. If you do find you are moved we would love to peek, use the hashtag #inspirationrx on your fave social media site or link in the comments below so we can visit and ooh and aah over your creativity!

P.S. If you want to delve more into Vivian Maier’s world there is a documentary and book. Michelle and I saw an exhibit here in Seattle and Ms. Maier’s work is absolutely fascinating, like a fly on the wall coupled with time travel.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

4 thoughts on “Inspiration Rx | Vivian Maier

  1. Haha I had not seen this one of her! Btw, this reminds me of my childhood years when kids used to climb walls lol… I love how she sometimes tried to get herself in the picture! She was truly awesome!!

    1. I love that too! Especially for someone that seemed to want to just sort of fade away, she did that often, she was doing ‘selfies’ before there was a term, lol.

  2. Watched the documentary quite recently. Her work is absolutely amazing, she was such an odd, mysterious person. Love browsing her work (even have a print of one of her photos on the wall right in front of me ;)).

    1. Oh, we can’t wait to watch! It’s on our list, such a great story in general and what an eye! What print do you have?

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