Though I have a pretty smashing DSLR camera, I still frequently use the 3.2 megapixel camera that is integrated into my cell phone. Other than convenience, one of the reasons I do this is to foster creativity by intentionally engaging the constraints of such a medium. Well, perhaps in photography it is more accurate to say that the camera is a tool and the medium is light, but regardless of how you look at it, any artist, whatever their chosen medium, is going to come up against constraints in the endeavor to create. In fact, I would like to postulate that the road to artistic mastery in a medium is about learning to effectively negotiate the constraints of a medium in such a way that the artist produces a work that accords with his or her vision.
All this said, my family and I recently went to Los Angeles to visit friends and so I could check out a doctorate program in theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. While there we went to the beach one day, where I decided not to take my DSLR, figuring this would be an opportunity to play with the restraints of my cell phone camera. The following are my results.