Creativity Within Constraints

I don’t know a creative person or organization that doesn’t have constraints or limitations.  Those barriers might be internal, such as time and money, or external such as those imposed upon us by the world in which we live.

About a week ago, I was reading an article in the art and design section of the paper on artists who have found new ways to see after losing their vision to macular degeneration.   Afterward, I reflected on other artists and how they, with their own physical limitations, still created new work.

When it is my turn, I hope that I can embrace the koan or riddle of the “Goose in the Bottle,” and like these creatives, continue to express my visual vocabulary and share it with the world.


The idea for creating this blog originated from two different events and from being under the influence.  One event arose out of frustration of not having time to focus on my art. My day job was keeping me very busy, so I decided to photograph when I had some time, and that meant during my commute to and from work while I was sitting in traffic. At first, it was a creative distraction. Then I started to realize that I was transforming the mundane, those things we see while driving that we take for granted, into something of interest.

As a cohesive catalog of images arose, the work itself became an exercise in seeing things differently. And by re-framing this constraint of time, I was experiencing creative freedom

The other was a recent talk that I gave “When Your Muse is MIA” at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.  Finally, from being under the influence of another photographer, John Craig – who has also blogged and from the perspective of sharing to help others, I wanted to do the same.