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Duy posted an interesting thought here posing the question "Do I have a voice?": http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1253599
I think Duy poses a really good question. It's one I often think about and have been doing so for some time now (even with my personal work). I think I would suggest that we refine the question of "do I have a voice?" because let's face it, we all have a voice, but are we saying what we mean to?
I think a better question would be "what am I saying with my photographs?"
I posed this thread with this idea in mind and many found the ensuing discussion very helpful:
Its been two years since that discussion so it might be time to revisit. For the sake of time, I am going to copy and paste from the thread above:
I'm in the beginning stages of pulling together my portfolio and one of the first questions I am asking myself is "who am I as a photographer?". Or I guess a better question would be, "what images do I want potential clients to see?". Its been said around here to 'show what we want to shoot'.
The old adage says, "you never get a second chance to make a first impression" (or was that a head and shoulders commercial?). If this holds true, we are assuming that prospective clients will judge us right off the bat by the first few images they see (whether we like it or not).
I thought it would be neat (and maybe helpful) if we posted SIX images in the order you would like them to appear in your portfolio and have members tell you any judgements they made about you and/or your photography as if they were prospective clients. Granted, there are some flaws to this exercise as we all kinda know each other.
Here are the rules:
1) You must give your thoughts about someone's images BEFORE you post your own work. Also, once someone gives you feedback, return the favor to that same person once they post their images. This is a GIVE and GET thread.
2) After you post your judgements on someone else's SIX images, you may post YOUR own SIX images. Please do not post your images in your response to another's images.
3) Honesty is paramount. We are all big boys and girls here, no? If we are truly attempting to get better at this game, we need truth. But please be tactful. This is meant to be constructive.
4) Do not critique the images, rather, give any impressions/vibes/feelings about the work and person shooting the images (if possible).
I think this could be a good opportunity to get feedback about the images you are showing which will hopefully help answer the question "Who Are You?" (photographically speaking).
***THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN POST IMAGES FIRST WITHOUT GIVING FEEDBACK IS THE FIRST PERSON WHO POSTS PHOTOS***