Restrictions breed creativity. I am reminded of this so many times!
Last night, I saw the Broadway show Wicked. Amazing, epic, awe-inspiring, freakin’ awesome, yeah, it was all of that.
But in the middle of the performance, I was struck by something.
All of this epic, awe-inspiring stuff was happening on a 2000 square foot stage.
They are limited*, right? No computer animation, no exotic locations, no fancy camera tricks, they are confined to a stage which limits everything they can do.
So why didn’t the show suck? Because every time they saw a limitation, they got creative, way more creative than they would have to be if they had more space and more equipment. It is that creativity that shocks the audience and makes the show legendary.
I am so inspired by this concept. It is the creativity that will make your photography epic. It has nothing to do with the new camera, the new lens, or the new software. Yes, all helpful tools, but it has so little do with what will make you a good photographer. It is all about how you break out of the restrictions, how you think different, how you can create art out of seemingly nothing.
Be inspired. Stop giving yourself excuses, and get creative!
* Total Wicked reference. Who gets it? 😉
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the wicked reference is from the song "for good" when elphaba sings "i'm limited. just look at me… i'm limited." hahaha! i love this musical. and i love your blog. :]
I am so glad you like the blog, Erika! And you are absolutely correct about the Wicked reference. I so didn't even intend to write it that way either! I noticed it quite a bit later. I must have Wicked on the brain!
I saw Wicked on Broadway last year and completely agree – it was incredible, so much better than a special effects movie. Yeah for limitations!
Love this. What a wonderful way of thinking and considering the world.