Constraints are Inevitable

Brooks Jensen brings up a good point about the increasing choices in photographic technology and what it means for the future:

“I see nothing on the horizon that would indicate we will have fewer choices five years from now than we have today. I’m not bemoaning this, but I am pragmatic in the realization that the implication is that our futures are all filled with a plethora of unavoidable learning curves. The only other option would be to restrict our options — a path that looks seductively more and more intelligent as the technologies multiply in ways at which even rabbits would be amazed.”

I’ve always advocated self-imposed constraints as a method of increasing creativity, but I’ve never really considered it may naturally occur as we became more and more overwhelmed by new choices.