“When we lose curiosity, we lose, entirely, inventiveness and we start becoming old.” – Guillermo del Toro
When you make your living through any sort of creative process, inspiration can sometimes be hard to come by. When I am at a loss for what to do next, I try to look wherever I can to get my imagination moving; whether it’s other photographers, books, art, movies, or just taking a walk to change my environment. What I do, however, has nothing on Guillermo del Toro. The director of movies such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Hell Boy, and The Devil’s Backbone, has recently given a short tour of his home offices (which he calls “Bleak House”) as part of a special feature on Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of his film Cronos. These offices were designed specifically for he and his co-workers to be “stimulated, not just by what is called high art or fine art, but by even the powerful images that come from toys or pop art or vivid imaginations.” Knowing that what is around us plays a huge role in stimulating curiosity, del Toro has created a haven for imagination and an incredibly immersive environment, where it would be challenging not to be inspired.