Use Your Constraints to Unlock Your Creativity
During this entire quarantine, I have been trying to figure out how to get high-quality photos without ample access to lighting, personal effects, or adequate space.
Since I’m currently living with my mom and we are mid-renovation, there aren’t a lot of areas in the house that fit my photography vision.
I was struggling to figure out how to create content I could be proud of without renting a space or spending tons of money, it brought to mind a PMI project management training that focused on how constraints oftentimes improved innovation and creative solutions.
And for me, the limiting constraint was space, but instead of looking at it as a problem, I began to look at it as an opportunity for creativity. Limiting constraints unlock creativity because you’re forced to bend an idea into uncomfortable ways while trying to achieve the same goal. It forces you to be resourceful and utilize items you may not have thought of. It forces you to be innovative. So, instead of despising my less-than-ideal shooting environment, I decided to embrace it and use it to fuel content direction.
I focused on outdoor photos; I chose parks and brick walls as my backdrop. I then tried to find a space within my home that hadn’t been disturbed by the DIY process.
When I embraced this constraint, I came up with the idea to take a photo in front of a wooden bi-fold armoire. The photos below are the result of it!
I created funky art that still connected with the overall vision of my content, and none of it would have ever emerged if it weren’t for my initial constraint.
Some of the most creative people purposely introduce constraints into their work to push their creativity further. The most common constraints to introduce into a creative project are time, budget, and scope. Limit one, two, or even three and I’m sure your mind will think of 1001 ways to still realize your vision.
How are you embracing your constraints? How are you unlocking your creativity?