I promised a revisit on my previous blog entry on the style, where I debated with myself whether it is good or bad to have a style. Only few months down the road my views on this matter evolved.
You might have noticed already, but I am an avid user of tutorials and online classes. Today's technology offers us an unprecedented access to knowledge which otherwise would be difficult to access or cost us more time and money. I have watched and followed tons of tutorials on different genres of photography – food, editorial, sports, landscape as well as retouching and posing techniques picking up valuable pieces of information that I could add along the way to my skill arsenal.
But recently, I noticed that my interest started to shift from "how" (the craftsmanship's side of photography) to "why", which is a much more intimate question on what compels us to make that photo. Don't get me wrong, I still need to learn more about how, as there are so many things on technical side that I need to improve on. Skills are so important in closing what Chase Jarvis, the founder of Creativelive, calls a "creative gap": a gap between your vision and what you are able to achieve with your skill set. I guess we all suffer from a creative gap. I certainly still do on many occasions. But mastering skills help you insofar that you no longer need to focus on technique. It should give you the space to say what you want to say. It's like mastering the foreign language or learning how to drive. These are just tools, but only you know what you want to say or where you want to go.
Thinking increasingly more about the "why", I also realised that the style is often finding us, whether we want it or not. Looking back, I start to discover more patterns and commonalities between the photos I am taking and subjects or moods I am attracted to. In short, I will not be a high-key, airy style of the photos guy. I like dark palettes, low-key, high-contrast photos. And lines. The bolder, the better. So, I guess, I have a style in the end.