In episode 4 it’s time to get inspired! I investigate how different people have found, discovered, rediscovered, or learned something about their creative voice whilst living in France, and how, sometimes, living in this country can hinder it too.
In the first part of the show I speak to Sarah Gardan, a portrait photographer who divides her time between Paris and Sydney. In the second part, I chat to Linda McCluskey, a painter and permanent resident of the artist aftersquat at 59 rue de Rivoli in Paris. And in part three, I talk to Sion Dayson, an American writer who moved to Paris, on, in her own words, “a romantic whim”.
Part 1: (re)focussed
In the first part of this episode I chat to Sarah Gardan, a portrait photographer specialising in photo sessions with families, couples and children all around the world, from the Eiffel Tower to the beaches of Sydney. She describes the type of work she was doing when she arrived in France and how a series of circumstances led her to carve out a niche for herself in the world of photography. We discuss how living in France facilitated that change, what role Paris plays in her photography and some of the challenges she faced when she launched this career for herself.
Part 2: bubbles and art
In the second part of this episode I headed over to 59 Rivoli, a legalised artist’s squat, located right in the heart of Paris. I made my way past brightly coloured art installations, right up to the 6th floor to chat to the energetic Linda McCluskey. Now a permanent resident of the aftersquat 59 Rivoli and spending her days with paint on her fingers, she explains how came into art a little later in life than some people might expect, following a somewhat unconventional path, how living in France continues to help her move forward in her creative and artistic life as well as the different ways Paris inspires her work.
Part 3: writer’s block
In the third part of this episode I chat with the American writer, Sion Dayson. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts, has been published in the likes of The Wall Street Journal and easyJet magazine. She also writes an exquisitely honest blog entitled paris (im)perfect and is currently seeking publication for her first novel. She moved to France for love, and seems to have simply stayed, despite herself, despite the sometimes conflicting feelings she has for this country and the way it has, at times, had a negative impact on her writing. We talk about the reasons why Paris hasn’t necessarily always been the fountain of inspiration it is purported to be for other writers, as well as the ways that this experience has improved her writing.
Full picture gallery
Music featured in this episode
- Free ride blues by André Bisson
- Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the Stream by Chris Daniels
- Worth the Fight by Marie Hines
- Josephine by Eric Lindell
- The Why in Y by Alamance
- New Day by Marie Hines