Displaying photographs you have collected through the years is a quick but thoughtful way of decorating your bare walls. Frames are lovely and effective in the long term but you can also always simply tack or tape polaroid and printed snapshots on the wall. Washi tape/adhesives are convenient and the really good ones don’t damage or leave marks on your wall. This impermanence can be a good thing when in the future you decide to revamp or redecorate. Wall art can be easy, fun and inexpensive. Create a themed collection or simply pick out the memories that are close to your heart, then make a wall collage out of it! This is one collection I’ve recently displayed on the blank wall by the workstation.
I like the fact that as I work or write and then get bouts of the writer’s block syndrome once in a while, I could simply look up at the photographs and try to remember the exact moment I was standing there and taking a snap of each – when it was, how I felt, why I wanted to take a picture of it. I ask myself random questions like “Was it cold?”, “Did I have company?” or in some situations, “What was I thinking?” I try my best to answer all of my questions, and before I know it, my mind has been stimulated enough to not only get back to work with zeal, but to be good at it.
Some of these photographs were taken very recently and some more than half a decade ago, but I look at each and it seems to me that every moment could have happened only yesterday. That's what photographs do – they take you back. And for the most part, they take you back to the good parts, the ones that make you smile.