It just never occurred to me to care what others may or may not think about my style – or lack thereof. You could say this is because I don’t take clients, but I’ve taken enough to know that when I shoot for someone else, my focus isn’t on any style I’ve imposed on myself, it’s on the client and their wants, where it should be. (Please assume that any photographer not caring about style, does have the technical skills to deliver quality photos to a client.) Why is having a consistent style, or fitting into some style box so to speak, so important to so many? I’ve truly never understood this.
When it comes to clothing or home design, there are a lot of styles, but there’s also this thing called “eclectic”. If I had to pick a label for my photography, that’s would be it – eclectic. Why can’t that be a photography style? Well, I’m proclaiming that it is. If our clothes and home decor can be eclectic, then our photography most certainly can be too.
You see, I like a lot of things and I’ve no reason to tell myself there is anything wrong with that. I like taking photos of kids, animals, grass, landscapes, snow, sunshine, all of it. When it comes to photography, I simply follow my gut and the light. Nothing else matters.
Not to mention, there are so many ways to make a photograph of any given scene. Most often, I find myself trying to expose in such a way that will give me a photograph that looks just like the scene looked, but sometimes I focus on either the lighter parts or the shadows. What I decide to do, depends on so many things: my mood, the subject, the type of light, perhaps. Once you have the technical abilities, why not explore them thoroughly by breaking the rules? And if you like lots of different styles and subjects, explore them for heavens sake! That’s how you learn and grow. Sure, there will likely be areas you’re strongest in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t venture into everything that interests you. Whatever you do, do not worry for one second whether or not your photo fits a label. It doesn’t need to.
Just a quick look into the beginnings of my 365 (oh yeah, I’m doing another one of those this year) + some that aren’t making the 365 cut, you can see how varied my photographs are. I do not care. It flows together in my book because the same person took it. Effortlessly cohesive, I like to say, but not cohesive at the same time? In the best way of course.