The Guiding Light
A discussion in a forum got me thinking about style, what it is, how it evolves and what shapes its development to the point that other people can recognise your work from the style of the photograph. There is a guy over on Fine Art America (FAA) who takes photos of old barber shops, chemists and lately firemen and hand paints over them to the extent that when you see a picture you just know it is his work, it is so unique. It is his style and his alone his name is Mike Savad. Then there is Betty Larue the lady who started the thread at Photo4me on style, she works with textures and again has a well defined style to her work soft tones and expertly blended textures makes her work stand out from the crowd.
What defines your style? I guess today in the digital age there are many factors that can and do shape your style. Maybe it starts with the type of camera you use, your favourite lens the one you always seem to have on the camera not the bag load you always carry with you but never seem to use. The big wide angle or long telephoto instantly defines the photograph with either an endless or a very narrow depth of field and field of vision. The type of photographs you take, people pictures, nature, landscape, action, macro etc and how you process them all define who you are and your style.
It is in most cases a subconscious thing done without thinking, fine tuned over many years without you even realising you are doing it. I say most cases because there are occasions when a certain style is how you may want to be recognised for, so there is a conscious effort to do things a certain ways to achieve a desired result, is this wrong of course not, it is your chosen style.
For those who say they do not have a style, well maybe it just has not developed enough yet to be recognisable but don't worry it is there just waiting to emerge like a flower in the springtime it just needs a bit more time to develop but it will emerge eventually.
A travelling photographer from the South of England who is on a journey of discovery around Europe in his sailboat Trelawney.