Author: Nabeel Tariq
To identify our calling and to pursue it with passion is the beauty of life and brings grace to our way of living. Finding our calling inspires others and brings hope for the purpose that each of us have in this world. We get to know ourselves through our life experiences. For some it happens quite early in life, for others it takes a few decades.
Here I’d like to introduce the creative soul, poet and artist, Lindsay from Wilder Poetry who has found her true calling in life. When you visit her Instagram page @wilderpoetry you are not just entering a wording zone but a visual wonderland where her technical and creative skills are displayed to full effect. Here her thoughts are linked in tiles formed out a single photograph that combine together to create a breath taking visual story. Recently I had the pleasure to interview Lindsay and I hope you enjoy her inspiring reflection on life, art and her unique creative journey.
You work as a graphic designer, is it freelance or for some specific project or group?
I am a freelancer; I started just over 6 years ago! Originally I was self-taught, but then I explored my options in college and dedicated my time there to learn more. My curiosity started when I created a blog for myself. The rest happened quickly after that and I found myself completely mesmerized with design creation. I quit my full time office job and pursued it fully!
The pictures you use for the tiles, are they captured by you?
Some of the photographs are captured by me, but most by others. I enjoy the process; creating my own words, but having the anchor be someone else's beautiful view.
What motivates you for your creation?
That is a great question. I am motivated by beauty, the beauty that is captured in everyday moments, those moments that so often go unnoticed. I have said before, Wilder originally was for me, but now it is for all of us. This community inspires my art and words so much. The wild is my muse, hence Wilder Poetry. I enjoy all of nature.
Do you find a picture and then write or vice-versa?
I always find the image first and then the inspiration for the words comes after. Often certain words will come to me throughout the day, I will make notes, but my process most always happens - image first, words second.
What is your favourite form of writing?
As far as poetry goes, I like micro poetry personally: using few words to create a lasting impression and to leave others feeling the emotion as well. I enjoy reading all kinds of poetry, but writing myself, I feel the most connected in that form.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Conveying emotion in short form can be difficult! Trying to tell an entire story in only a few lines, it's so tough, but it's what I enjoy most about writing this way: depth over distance in a sense.
Why did you start writing?
Wilder came to be because of a broken heart creatively. I felt like a part of my creative inspiration had died inside. I am a graphic designer and worked tirelessly on a personal project for two years. Once it was launched, all of my creative energy was lost. A month later, after reading the beautiful words of Atticus @atticuspoetry I was inspired. I wanted a different outlet and so the written word became my newest chapter. I still wanted to incorporate unique visuals and aesthetics, which is how the composition of my gallery came to be!
Did your creativity improve with your writing or vice versa?
I think both! They each gift each other with more consideration and beauty! That is something I so admire about this process and why I keep doing it every day!
Do you ever find yourself out of words with 'writers block'?
Occasionally, this absolutely happens. But I find there to be endless inspiration everywhere - in music, images, books, other words that have been written even when I experiment writers block it doesn't seem to stay with me very long, I am thankful for that!
Do you think wild collective/wilder poetry is your calling?
I definitely think wilder (poetry) is my calling. It was an unplanned gift that completely captivated me. I find myself in awe every day. Discovering my own wild and finding others around be doing the same through these words I share. Wilder is not only for me, it is for all of us. That is something that could never be wrong.
How would you inspire others to write?
My advice would be to dig into your self more personally. Sometimes in life we require rediscovery to appreciate ourselves fully. Then extend that to the people and things around you. Connect with your “wild” whatever that may be for you personally.