“We show that four days of immersion in nature, and the corresponding disconnection from multimedia and technology, increases performance on a creativity, problem-solving task by a full 50 percent,” – Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings.
On Saturday, January 10, 2015 about 100 creative photographers, illustrators and artists alike gathered in a sun basked meadow better known as El Capitan Meadows. I overheard many conversations being had and new introductions being made. Many traveled from very far places just to be there while others were traveling from abroad and decided to make this part of their journey and experience. There was a buzz and vibrant energy felt throughout the group as many could sense this was a great opportunity to be a part of…a first.
What happened on January 10th, 2015 in Yosemite National Park, CA was known as the #YNPinstameet. This event was the brainchild of photographer, adventurer and traveler, Chris Burkard and was put together by Wilderness Culture, Trev Lee, Travis Burke Photography, Taylor Michael Burk, and Callum Snape. The event theme was very fluid in that there was no agenda other than to “put down your phones and meet each other,” as said by Chris B. The setting was beautiful and the agenda was simple…what could be better?
I, like many, love listening to music while I work. To me, it’s part of my creative process. A few years ago I noticed an interesting change in my artwork depending on the type of music I was listening to. I also discovered that certain music tended to bring out much more creative ideas quicker than other types of music. In short, certain genres in music influence creativity greater than other genres. Ambient, electronic, and classical music tend to bring out the most creative ideas and increase productivity in my experience.
I decided to create an Artist Series where I give the artist an opportunity to showcase their amazing work while answering a few Q&A's. I have found that creative individuals are driven by a great passion for a cause, belief, movement, etc and we rarely get a glimpse into what drives that passion. In this series, I hope to ask questions that allow the artist to really delve into the root cause and start of their creative outlet and ultimately inspire others to do the same and follow their dreams and passion!