Some call it a vacation, some call it research.

While I enjoy travel as a break from the ordinary and a chance to relax a little bit, I think it has a very important role to play for those in the creative field. Try as I might, I often find that I stop seeing things when I am stuck in one place for too long. Sure, I see the beautiful sunset or the street art, but I seldom stop to look at it and really take it in. This can usually be tracked by a steady decrease in Instagram submissions (@source4man). This is where traveling is a life saver for me. It takes me out of the ordinary and into the new and the extraordinary. It's kind of a reset button for paying attention to the world around me, which is so easy to lose in this world of TV and internet.

For a designer and collaborator in theatre, the world around us is one of the most important resources we can use when looking for inspiration and parallels between the world we create onstage and what we experience in our own lives. I'll just share a few of the things that I found inspiring and wonderful from my recent travels.

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Gulfoss waterfall in Iceland

Panorama above the they Geyser Geysir.

Panorama looking west from the top of the Eldfell volcano in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands)

Looking into the cone of the Eldfell volcano in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands)

Art Deco lighthouse on the southwest coast of Iceland

There were some very desolate landscapes as well. Many have described certain regions of volcanic activity in Iceland as "moonlike"

Someone with a theatrical brand of humor has preceeded me.

Although it is a small country, Iceland boasts some world class architecture, as demonstrated by their new concert hall.

This monastery and graveyard in Russia, called Donskoy, has its roots in the late 16th century
Although not as intimidating as many of the structures for which brutalism was named, the Hotel Cosmos in Moscow still makes a big impression on anyone who wanders into its shadow.

I was lucky enough to see my friend Aleksandra (@alexandrin57), who is working hard as an Art Director

The never completed Palace of Catherine the Great was a good ending to my trip in Russia, and a nice place to spend my birthday

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