Have you ever had someone comment on an image of yours with something along the lines of, “I knew this was yours before I even saw your name!”? What is it about the image that made them see it as yours? Or perhaps you have said something similar to another artist? What made you instinctively know it was their work?
As an artist, when your voice begins to come through in all of your images no matter the genre, it is usually because of common threads throughout your work. These fine threads help tie your work
together and make it recognizable as your own.
It wasn’t until I looked at my work as a whole that I began to recognize some of my own common threads. Some of my most common threads in my self-portraiture work are: black and white editing, white dresses, glowing highlights and deep shadows, faceless, inspiration drawn from fairy tales, myths, and folklore, symbolism, nature/location, animals/masks, hidden messages, center focus, and a 50mm focal length.
If you take a step back and view your work as a whole, what common threads do you find? Are there any you’d like to add? How will you add or create your signature style?
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