Tapping further into the creative headspace is one of my central objectives for 2018.
Most photographers have distinct styles, aesthetic choices routinely flexed, ultimately defining the photographer's body of work. Indeed, there are images I find and immediately know the photographer simply by the image style. Every artist aims for this level of recognition.
Some photographers hate heavy post processing; other's make a career of creating unbounded images. The reality is a struggle for identity, as real as any individuality found outside a creative realm. We all wish for an indelible signature, to create something for our medium's legacy. A mark that draws any eyes glancing our way, and says, "I was here, I made this. I hope you like it," and, perhaps, live-on.
I struggle with the notion of style. When I first got into photography, I'd take images on my phone and process using Instagram. You quickly realize the limits of a cell phone camera this way. You see the necessity of professional gear.
But, at least for me, the composition remains central. The composition is the trial. Images are everywhere, at every scale, and that makes the artistic challenge.
I recall @shainblumphotography said, "Don't just take an image of great conditions. There should be something holding the image together, other than good light." And when I look back on the images I've posted, I see an exploration trend. I see improved compositions and processing. Of course, this makes me curious about the days to follow.
But I struggle with my style. I've always hoped an aesthetic would develop naturally ... and perhaps it will, or maybe I'm unaware of its presence. I know when I attempt to coax an image to conform to a particular aesthetic, the result commonly falls flat. Almost like each image has a unique direction, a way to be tinkered, limits to explore and discover what the mound of clay can be. And as I continue down this path, I hope for refinement, to find and blend inspiration, to never find the horizon.
Song of the Day: Bon Iver - "00000 Million"