I just came across this manifesto of A Lesser Photographer the other day, and it’s well worth devoting a quick post to it, because I pretty much agree with everything in it. My favorite principle is #1: “Artists Thrive on Constraints.”
It’s exactly why I love simple cameras like the Holga, and shooting fixed lenses. I love just carrying the Canonet around with me or just the Lomo. When I travel I now try to restrain myself from bringing a lot of cameras, but instead challenge myself to make the most of what I have.
It’s 10 simple principles, and why you may not agree with all of them, they’re well worth a read and a minute of your time, if you appreciate photography in any way. It doesn’t matter if you love shooting digital, film or with your iPhone. It’s always worth thinking about what you can do to improve, even if it means taking things out of the equation.
Throw in the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, and you’ve got yourself a good set of constraints, rules, principles, what have you. They’re not mantras, but they’re worthing mulling over every now and then.