Obstacles can become opportunities...it's all in the perspective.
The glass half full or half empty viewpoint.
We faced this very situation in 1995 when we first introduced our now iconic black and white Relationship style of portraiture.
When we decided to do the printing of these fine art portraits in our darkroom, we also tied our hands on the sizes we could offer due to our darkroom limitations.
Trays for these hand printed pieces maxed out at 20x20.
Wall portraits in color, printed at our lab, had no such size limits.
This was the birth of two brand new ideas...presenting these pieces in white, acid free rag mats and presenting them as groupings rather than one large portrait which was the prevailing idea at that time.
It was the answer we needed.
And it birthed the idea later on of designating purpose to our storytelling Relationship portraits.
The family portrait became the Establishing image, anchoring the grouping.
The individuals of each child with a parent became the Abbreviations, adding personality to the grouping.
The funny or spontaneous images captured became Moments, allowing us to create a book of sweet memories of that day.
Would we have ever created these portraits with deeper meanings and such purpose if we never had the need?
Maybe. Maybe not.
I am glad we had this obstacle which has created a multitude of opportunities for us to stretch as artists in order to overcome.