Enhancing Creativity and Travel Photography with Texture, Music, and Memory

I enjoy planning vacations – the research and dreaming are a big part of the fun for me.  When I’m planning a trip, I like to listen to music that originates from the countries on my itinerary.  It’s a great way to enter into a culture and build excitement.  Once I’m on the road, I always purchase music recommended by locals; I find it’s a wonderful way to relive a trip.  The exercise below is a variation on this theme of music and trip planning and remembering.  It invites you to bring all of these ideas together and enhance your own creative process while focusing in on the idea of texture.


Creativity Exercise:  Texture, Music, Memory, & Travel Photography

    • Choose a piece of music that reminds you of a trip that you’ve taken.  This trip can be from your distant past – perhaps a family trip from when you were a kid.  Or it could be something recent – maybe a lavish safari you took last year or a weekend road trip. Tip:  If you can’t find the right piece in your own music collection, your local library is a great (and free!) resource.
    • Find a comfortable spot to sit or lie down.  Be sure to have paper and pen nearby in case you feel inspired to write down memories or ideas.
    • Once you’re comfortable, take a few deep-yoga-belly breaths and relax.
    • Hit play and listen to the piece once through with your eyes closed.  What memories does the music revive?  What images pop into your mind?
    • Listen to the piece again and focus on the texture of the music.  What words would you use to describe the texture of the music?  How does the texture of the music relate to the culture or region that created it?
    • Choose a single, specific memory from your trip and then listen to the piece for a third time.  Imagine that you are transported back to the place and time of this specific memory.  You have a camera bag full of high-quality equipment with you.  What texture-related images do you take?

You can easily vary this exercise to become a part of your trip-planning rituals.  It’s also an excellent way to pass time in the car or plane ride on your way to your destination!  Remember – just as visualization exercises strengthen marathon runners on race day, visualization exercises related to travel photography will have a powerful effect on the images you create and capture on your next trip.

In joy,

Melinda Eliza

Proust writes, he remembers, physically. He depends on his body to give him the information that will bring him to the past. His book is called ‘In Search of Lost Time,’ and he does it through the senses. He does it through smell. He does it through feeling. He does it through texture. It is all physically driven, that language.

-Twyla Tharp

Melinda Eliza Sabo is a an Artist, Creativity Coach, and Lecturer who believes that life should be an artistic journey:  truly well-seen and well-lived.  Visit www.MelindaEliza.com for more inspiration.  This article was originally published on the Wanderlust and Lipstick website.

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