Margin of Error

It’s a tight fit in the underground parking garage where I took this photograph.

By the way, that’s not my car. You only have to scrape a wall once to know that the potential time savings of a prime parking space doesn’t come close to the potential loss that would be experienced when a car hits the concrete.

In a contest of automotive sheet metal vs. concrete posts, the odds are easy to figure. Impossibly though, this driver didn’t lose. But winning like this is not for the faint of heart.

Risk mitigation has its place in the creation of my art. Not just in the area of safety, but in the decision making process during creation.

Seasoned artists know that distractions are the enemy of creativity and are an existential risk to artistic success. In my case, distractions generally appear on the craft side.

Experience tells me that having too much equipment can dampen my flow and get in the way.

I’ve learned that I don’t need a lot of gear to make a statement. Having just enough, and not a bit more is my margin of safety that keeps creative errors on the margin.

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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