“Play is the highest form of research”. Albert Einstein
It is very difficult to make an important scientific discovery. Even Einstein, who is an absolute legend, only made a few major contributions to physics. Most of the ideas you may have when doing research don’t really lead to much.
If you carry out research as work, it comes with a purpose, namely to make an important discovery. And since those are very hard to come by, you are very likely to get frustrated. And frustration. a killer of creativity, generally begets more frustration. Since there is a limit to how much frustration anyone can take, eventually you give up. On the other hand, when you are just playing around, you don’t expect anything but enjoyment out of it. In that case, you can just keep doing it for a long time, exploring lots and lots of ideas. And the more ideas you have, the more likely you are to find a good one.
I like to go out and shoot for myself with no expectations. Just playing around with new techniques and/or camera features. Lately, I have been playing with the multiple exposure feature of my camera. Just to see what happens. In order to develop some intuition about the kind of subjects that work for this kind of technique, I have been exploring many possibilities. Along the way, I had a happy accident, with the lone tree below.Share this content on by