We want to travel to far exotic places and make amazing photos. We want that new camera or lens that will make our pictures brighter, shinier and, we hope, much better than before. But a wise man once sad:
"True freedom doesn't lie in the maximization of choice, but, ironically, is most easily found in a life where there is little choice."
— Steve Hagen
Photography, as a medium, is filled with almost endless possibilities. What camera you use, what lens, what format what genre you prefer, how you post process your pictures... the list goes on and on...There are just too many choices that can be overwhelming and can distract from focusing on how to make good photography. So, I decide for this small project to limit myself to shoot only from the small balcony of my apartment(only 2 square meters) with a view to the ordinary street in my ordinary small hometown.
Once you set yourself a limit, your mind starting to work in different speed. Because you cut yourself from endless possibilities, you must push the boundaries of what was left of choices. Smaller the boundaries, you must try harder. And there, I think, your creativity muscle start to grow.
Take for example street portrait. That`s fairly easy. You take your camera, a good pair of shoes, and you wander the streets of town until you see some interesting face...paff. you shot it and move on. So, the workflow is simple, and mind is not struggling at all. I`m not saying anything against street portraits, don`t get me wrong.
But, whenever you set yourself a limit, you hit the floor very quickly. After a first few hours, it seems that you exhausted all options. You hit the floor of your first level of effort. Then you must start to push yourself harder, and try to see different angles, different perspectives and composition combinations. And, tighter the limits you set for yourself, you need more effort and time and work to get some decent results.
So here are results of this small experimental exercise project.
There is no excuse. A good photographer can make good photos almost anywhere, anytime. All excuses are left to people who doesn`t want to push themselves beyond ordinary average efforts, and without that, it`s almost impossible to get good photos.
“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.”