01/07/15It chooses you.
I have spent a lot of time trying to come up with my take on something, my style, my thing that makes me stand out from the crowd. I want "my take" to be innovative, arresting, intelligent, surprising and a whole lot more. With so many photographers out there coming up with something new is nigh on impossible.
At the moment I am really enjoying "street". But you can't spend very long looking at street images before you realise just what a powerful influence Henri Cartier Bresson was. Puddle jumpers, passing cyclists and cheeky boys are everywhere. I've even taken them myself. So is the subject matter what defines a photographers style. Maybe not. I can still be blown away by a new puddle jumper or cyclist image. So there must be something about the way that a photographer approaches the subject that brings their personality to it. At the same time not all images of puddle jumpers or cyclists do this. I guess its a journey. Over time style develops.
I've been a serious amateur for around eight years now and if I look back over the images I've shot in that time I can see a style has evolved. I remember in the early days a professional photographer encouraging me to pick a theme or style of photography. At the time I felt I couldn't do it. I wasn't sure I wanted to. I was exploring the world with my camera and didn't want to restrict myself to shooting one type of image. Looking back, I didn't really understand. He wasn't suggesting I just do landscapes or something but to look at what I did shoot and spot the common themes.
I can see there is a clear style to what I do. It may not be as innovative, arresting etc as I want but I"m working on it.