The pictures in the above gallery were shot at different years, starting with 2010 from the left up to 2012 on the right. I’m not trying to show how my approach to photography has changed, but rather how it has remained mostly the same.
The way I make pictures stems from my visual aesthetic and personal taste. It’s not a clear vision that I had me when I first started, rather it’s more of a pattern that has emerged as I continued my pursuit of photography over the years. I do not claim to be original nor unique in the way I compose and light my pictures because no one photographer can claim to not have been influenced by other photographers (even other artists) as he learns his craft. I would like to think that I let my visual style filter out what I believe I needed from the stream of photographic information; in the end, creating a mixture that is altogether my own.
But what if you find that the style that you’ve carefully cultivated over time is not that particularly trendy — when a picture shot by another photographer taking about all of two minutes to capture and process winds up getting more attention and feedback than one you’ve planned for a month and slaved over for hours to finish. Would you swap it out for one that is?
Should you stand by your guns so to speak or surrender to change?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Let’s keep things civil and constructive.