Space Matters

“…the place you choose to do what you do has an impact on you.

More people get engaged in Paris in the springtime than on the 7 train in Queens. They just do. Something in the air, I guess.” -Seth Godin

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Creativity, in my experience, is often directly related to my environment.  I’m more likely to receive revelatory impressions out on a bike ride through the country with no headphones, than I am sitting in a noisy room with radio/t.v./kids screaming, etc.

I can’t cycle into the country whenever I feel like being inspired, and oft times I’m demanding the inspiration come while sitting in front of the computer.  Nonetheless, I can make small changes to my environment to be more inviting to creative thought.

Habitually, I would clean my room before I would sit down to compose music.  Having order in the space I created allowed me to fill more in control of life, and thus more calmly able to focus on creating.  I do the same everyday in my own office before tackling my writing, journaling or even editing of images.

I also happen to need complete silence.  No music playing, No interruptions, and no other people around.  Thus… most of the creative work happens in the early morning hours when those things are more likely to be in place.

David Du Chemin remarks on the importance of knowing what environmental conditions we need in order to be at our most productive, ” Whatever conditions work best for you it’s good to be conscious of them. It’s also good to try not to allow your creativity to be defined by them. Discovering why you work more creatively in a certain space will allow you to harness your creativity in broader and broader spaces.”


What kind of space helps you to be creative? Please share!


Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah. Her favorite time of day is between 6-8 a.m.  Meditation, journaling, planning the day, greeting a wild monkey toddler in the morning and delving into a fabulous homemade breakfast by the best husband ever. Magical. And it happens every day!  Awesome.  Life can’t get any better.

Brooke teaches private photography lessons , online photography classes, as well as seasonal photography classes in Logan, Utah.

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