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Freedom or Creativity

April 13, 2015
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Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro tl

Film: Kodak Portra 400

Lab: Indie Film Lab

Freedom is selfish – and let me tell you why.

Autonomy and independence allow people to roam; they allow people to wander.  Wanderlust is good though, and inspiring, right?

Wrong.

Having freedom, and having too many choices, allows people to miss things.  These choices pass by people and just go unnoticed.  People quit seeing things when they’re faced with insurmountable decisions every day like billboards and television commercials.  This jadedness changes though when people see something new, something remarkable, and sometimes challenges can provide people with just that; something remarkable.

Allowing yourself to have choices is selfish because you don’t get to challenge yourself to produce something ingenious, resourceful, or imaginative that will then inspire others.

Consequently, I’ve decided that I’m not going to be selfish.  I want to inspire others, and myself. As a result, I’ve been seeking blues.  Blues and angled lines.  Restricting myself to such few characteristics has forced me to look at things in a different way.  I now seek out structure in an otherwise unstructured world.  Interesting, huh?

Some photographers abide by photo challenges.  Some photographers restrict their tools.  Some photographers shoot specific details.  These are all trials which test our abilities to craft something extraordinary.  Something that people will notice.

Because of the limitations I’ve begun putting on myself, I’ve found myself in new places; places that even wanderlust couldn’t have lead me to.

Yes, freedom is selfish.  It’s selfish because of what you can’t produce when you’re free.  Sometimes, placing yourself in a box means having to get creative in order to escape, and creativity is the fiber of a unique and beautiful world; the world that we all live in.

 

Any thoughts?




One Comment

  1. Jason Kent Jul 8, 2015

    Replying to an old blog post, but hey, I didn’t know you April, so I should get a pass. I really don’t have a ton to add to this, but I really appreciate your thoughts on this. These are a lot of concepts I practice. Which has led me to really seeing things I’ve easily missed in the past, perhaps maybe seen but didn’t really appreciate previously. The world today operates at such a hectic pace, and if you don’t train yourself to “slow down” to really see what’s around you, it’s so easy to overlook things. Of course, this isn’t that is lost on you, but I wonder how many people today actually sees this way.

    If you can’t tell already, I like to read stuff like this (I read a lot of photography blogs), so I encourage you to keep at it.