Dennis Cooper often talks about photographs as inspiration for his work. I love that idea. I actually hadn't ever done it. My work usually comes from snatches of dialogue that I sort of "overhear" and not a visual element. The one I'm currently working on hit a rough patch about a year ago, though, and I had to put it down for a while. Not having coursework anymore, and a being lucky enough to have a really great teaching schedule has allowed me to get back to it. It turned out that it wasn't a photograph that really inspired me, though, it was a painting:
This is "Orpheus 1894" by Károly Ferenczy .