For a long while I chewed on the notion of photographic style. I was not able to define it in my work. Yes, there was an apparent style, or rather, just a few basic similarities between each of my photos. But that didn’t satisfy me as I thought style would be something much deeper and more meaningful.
Earlier this year, with a little help from a photo workshop, I figured it out. I decided to write a piece on it since the whole process was complicated and deeply emotional for me.
I hope that by sharing my experiences I can inspire those of you searching for your style and meaning in your work. Maybe you’ve found your style but it seems somewhat superficial. Maybe you wish to move beyond just making pretty pictures and create work that is more meaningful to yourself and others.
Defining and knowing your style will help you connect better with your passion in your work, IMO. Knowing your style isn’t necessary for creating meaningful work, but I think it helps. Good luck!
Death Valley, Feb. 2008