In terms of more direct inspiration most of my familiar series work was born out of an initial visit to an house, where the old couple had passed away and the new owner had let me go inside to have a look. Everything was untouched from around the 1970's era - the decor, fabrics, everything was amazing. I found an image of a young man alongside a letter, which seemed to be a love letter. I wasn't sure if the letter connected to the man in the photograph, but it started an imaginary life for this man in my head, which I still think about today. It was the most important letter I have ever come across - I still have the photo of the man but I left the love letter in the draw where I found it, it seemed wrong to remove it.
When you move to the North West I will take you along to my dad's auction house - I have a feeling that you could spend an entire day looking through his written materials/ book collections. It is a world of stories, information and ideas, sold on either because they are unwanted by their owners or because they are deemed to be worth considerable value.
George at Trafford Books