‘My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.’ Ernest Hemingway.
I am often asked where my literary inspiration comes from. Anywhere, everywhere, from people I meet on a daily basis, to people I befriended on my travels. People inspire me, writers inspire me.
I took these photos while visiting Andalusia in the province of Malaga in southern Spain. Andalusia is known for its natural beauty and its bull-fighting traditions. And of course, Ernest Hemingway.
Ernest Miller Hemingway (Papa as he was known to those who knew him well) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, USA on 21 July 1899 and died by his own hand 2 July, 1961.
Hemingway had a close affinity to Spain. He embraced the culture, the people and the lifestyle. He captured its complexities in his novels, ‘The Sun Also Rises,’ (published in 1926 became a best-seller and ensured his financial freedom for the rest of his life), ‘Death in the Afternoon’ and ‘The Dangerous Summer.’
Hemingway spent his last birthday in Andalusia, accredited to be the last time he was happy before he took his own life.
It wasn’t bull-fighting season when I visited Ronda and I was grateful. I doubt I would have had the stomach for it.
What about you? Where do you find your inspiration?