WHAT MAKES ONE PHOTOGRAPHER DIFFERENT FROM ANOTHER?
Each artist, regardless of their specific field, brings their own sound and vision to their chosen art. That which is internal to the intellect of the artist, is unique and independent of external training.
So talent and style linked or not? Theoretically, most well known artists have an inherent recognizability… The question is are well known works so unique that they will always be instantly recognized or is it that we have been so widely exposed to them that most of them has been seen by us before? My experience would suggest the latter.
Of course it is not that easy all well known artists developed unique and distinctive styles over the course of time.
Think of any well known artist, their work is instantly recognizable right? Well, maybe not… that is only true through prior exposure of his/her works. If my art history courses are remembered correctly any work is usually divided into different sections or time periods. The first periods are very different from that of the later periods. If you see representative examples of all periods together, one quickly recognizes distinctive transitions and minor elements that are thematically carried through from one phase to the next. If you did not know, or had never seen a selection of their work from all their periods, you would be hard pressed to identify them succinctly.
We photographers are often faced with a minor dilemma; we often know exactly what we want. That does not mean we will have the right conditions to create it. I am talking non studio images here. The studio is a different thing. Every bit as creative, it is a control of conditions inside or lack of control outside, that makes the difference. You can go the same place, at the same time of day, a thousand time and never completely reproduce the exact conditions of any previous encounter. That is the challenging situation the photographer faces every time they picks up a camera.
I believe that it is in how the photographer overcomes this challenge that defines their own personal style.
Every one of us has a unique vision of the world and some still wish to express it via photography.
My personal philosophy is quite simple. I try to present my subject in the best possible way, given the prevailing conditions. This is however, highly subjective and purpose dependent, resulting in the occasional failure. When that happens the light conditions were poor, or I lost a crisp focus on the subject and/or purpose, or I lacked the skills and necessary equipment to deliver the vision I set forth to create. The reality is I am good at what I do and when compared to others I possess a unique view of the world, but is it instantly recognizable?
Some Bokeh/Flare experiments and one Double exposure.