[gallery columns="1"] Motif: motive; a theme.
Fr. motif; LL. motivum: a moving cause; motivus: moving
1) That which incites to action; that which determines the choice or moves the will; reason; cause.
2) In design, a unit; a recurring theme.
3) The controlling idea in the mind of the artist as embodied in the work.
"But there is another kind of seeing that involves a letting go. When I see this way I sway transfixed and emptied. The difference between the two ways of seeing is the difference between walking with and without a camera. When I walk with a camera I walk from shot to shot, reading the light on a calibrated meter. When I walk without a camera, my own shutter opens, and the moment's light prints on my own silver gut. When I see this second way I am above all an unscrupulous observer."
Can artistic inspiration come purely within; without influence from other minds or motifs?