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| p.1 #9 · Do you know what your "thing" is? |
Neat post, Tim. I think it's an important bit of self-awareness to have, as a photographer, and one I try to force myself to think about, too. I have been blessed with GBSI (gear buying syndrome immunity)... I rarely follow gear developments at all, have no desire to upgrade or blame things on my gear. I truly mean I've been blessed, because I am indeed that way for other aspects of life, haha, and by sheer luck it doesn't apply to photography.
But I guess my point is that that doesn't necessarily correspond to knowing what one's "thing" is. You can be always searching for new gear, and still have a very coherent, individual style.... or vice versa. Some days I think I have a coherent style that others could recognize (I'm more drawn to a few large shapes, one or two defining lines, and a natural amount of empty space than I am to many small shapes, texture, details, and color), but other days I'm 100% sure that I'm in no way different than everyone else who points their camera at landscapes. I think if anyone thinks about it too much though, they'll go insane and never be happy about anything they create, which in and of itself can be detrimental to developing a style. I think, at least for me, it's more healthy to just go out and shoot... get the blood flowing and mind wandering... and then every few months sit down with your own photos, decide which of your own photos are most pleasing to you, and try to figure out what they have in common. It's less sanity-shattering than trying to do so with any individual photo.