Choice Tyranny

Is “more” better? Our consumerist society relentlessly tells us to keep buying and acquiring.

What about when creating? Are more choices, more options, and more possibilities the superior path to excellence?

I guess it depends on what you call “more” in this debate, but my strident answer is a firm “no.”

As an artist that works with one camera and one lens, I’ll advocate that a creative process of reduction is the true path to satisfying results.

Sculpture is the most reductive art form of all and a perfect analogy for how to create a portrait.

Distractions are like big pieces of stone that need to be removed first. These distractions exist in the environment and also exist in the form of equipment. Little by little and piece by piece, reduction gets the photographer to the essence of the subject.

The same goes for gear. To me, the perfect session equipment list looks like this: one camera, one lens and maybe one light.

Everything else is superfluous.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies. 

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