Posts Tagged: People

The Theory of Evolution

When I first started getting serious about my photography I kept thinking about how to create my personal style. I’d try one thing thinking that would become my style but then I’d go off in a completely different direction some other time.

Over time, I did develop a personal style. I knew it was a personal style because I could look at a collection of my pictures and see that they were all taken by the same person.

Its evolution wasn’t a conscious thing. It just evolved naturally after I’d taken something like 10,000 photos. So when it comes to a personal photography style that was my theory of evolution — shoot a lot of pictures and it’ll just happen.

In any event, I came to realize after some time that my need to shoot stock photos to make money was influencing the evolution of my style. All my photos, stock or not, had a commercial, stocky look: bright and even lighting, bright and saturated colors. These were becoming my trademark. It wasn’t what I wanted.

I wanted more mood in my images. I wanted my images to have more of a fine art feel to them.

About a year and a half ago I decided to intentionally get away from shooting quite so much stock photography.   I set out to see if I could develop a different “feel” to my images. A new, more intentional and directed theory of evolution.

I think I’ve been successful. I’ve created a number of images in the last year or so that I consider the best work I’ve done. Best of all,
it doesn’t look commercial in the way stock photos do.

Now I’m focusing on using light more creatively. This applies in my landscapes as well as in the studio. The above image is an example from my studio work. I’ve returned to to the studio with a more experimental approach and I think it’s starting to take off.

The bodyscape image above is made with a view to creating a strong graphical statement rather than a portrait. I hope you like it. I’ll post some more from my studio work at another time so you can follow along as I explore my new theory of evolution.