06 Jul Restriction breeds creativity

Source: Ian Macdonald Photography

A little while ago a good friend of mine, who I met through Fujifilm Canada, sent me this in an email:

“I’m really looking to try and improve my photography, but I am having trouble getting inspiration and don’t really know where to start. I think what I’m looking for is a photography mentor, or maybe just someone to share my photos with who can give me feedback, tips, or just advice on where to start.  Would you be interested in helping me?”

Now, I loved this for two reasons:

I think this young lady is a fabulous person, who has gone out of her way time and time again to help me with things.  And, I love, love, LOVE the fact that she had the courage to reach out and ask for feedback on her work.  This is something that far too few creatives do.  The best creatives are always looking outside of their bubble, looking up the food chain, and are seeking out honest feedback on their work.  It can be uncomfortable to hear at times because we become so attached to our art, but we benefit so much from receiving this feedback.

I was totally excited to jump in and help my friend out.  Now, we live on opposite sides of the country, so we decided that we would be doing this via email, Skype, and through blog posts on our respective websites.   We also decided that each week or two we would pick a different

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