A beautiful Mind is a brilliant psychological film (and book) which follows the life of a young mathematical genius named John Nash (Russell Crowe). At the start of the film Nash arrives at Princeton University as one of two winners of the prestigious Carnegie Prize for mathematics. Although Nash is promised a single room, his roommate Charles Herman arrives and soon becomes his best friend. Later in the film, Nash becomes a highly esteemed mathematist and code breaker and finds himself working as a spy. However, as the film develops, it becomes clear that Nash is schizophrenic and a number of things (including his life as a spy and his best friend Charles) are not real.

However, this is not a film review as such,  although it is by far one of the most moving and through provoking films i have ever seen. This post is to document some inspiration so to speak. While John Nash is attending Princeton University he says to some of his peers

‘”Classes will dull your mind, destroy the potential for authentic creativity.”’.

Because of this, Nash refuses to attend any classes until he has found, what he calls, his ‘Original Idea’.

 ‘” Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.”’

This original idea is exactly what I have been working on. Of course I do not expect to find this original idea right at the beginning of my photographic career – no matter what I am doing on a day to day basis. I believe that an original idea can only occur to an individual by being in the right place at the right time in order to see the inspiration for it – Much like in A Beautiful Mind -. If this moment passes and it is missed, the person will then have to wait for a new one to arise…

All quotes are from the film 

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