Thursday, April 22, 2010

Viva La Difference!

I just want to give a shout-out to those of us that think its not only okay to be different and unique, but celebrate it!

I have learned, especially with photography, that we can all look at the same thing and see it differently. I may stand right next to another photographer and record the same scene, but the resulting image will not be the same. The angle, the settings I choose, how I post-process, how I print will all put my unique spin on it. That is way cool! That is what makes photography art.

I get asked a lot about my technique for a particular image and I am happy to share. Imitation is certainly a form of flattery. But I am much more excited about seeing someone doing unique work, reflective of their own vision. I would rather look through their portfolio, talk to them about their work, explore why they have done what they have done and how it fits with their story and perhaps offer suggestions for techniques/skills that help them achieve their goals.

Be inspired by others, but don't copy their work ... you have your own story to tell, your own life to live, your own art to create. And try not to criticize others because they are different ... ask questions, try to learn ... you may be amazed.

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