In the series Obstacles, I find objects or situations that suggest barriers to self-fulfillment. Some of the themes are about being stuck (the cage), aging (wrinkles), personal limitations (my lifelong inability to do math), and various other impediments (procrastination, temptation, baggage).
Ironically, I have found that the practice of photography has enabled me to become aware of and work to overcome some of these barriers. For instance, doing photography has encouraged me to move outside of my comfort zone (my cage, my cocoon) and take personal risks that I wouldn't take in my role as a scholar.
- Kirsten Hoving, 2010