Towards a personal photographic style

January 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Four years ago I took up photography seriously, buying my first DSLR, shooting every day and posting online each day at 365project.org. I experimented across a range of genres, from sport to portraits: 

from still life to street:

from food to abstracts:

to experimental techniques such as panning:

and even a wedding:

As I look back over four years of photos, however, I see that besides family photos, most of my shots are of landscapes, with photos of the natural world coming a close (allied) second, followed by large sets of photos taken while travelling to Spain, Vietnam and Cambodia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and Canada and the USA.

At the end of the year my website largely reflected the eclectic approach of the last four years. Many of the photos I had chosen to display were of landscapes, often coastal landscapes, and what I considered were 'good' photos - thoughtfully composed, correctly exposed and carefully processed. But as I read more about photography and reflect on which direction I might take at the beginning of 2017, I begin to think more about my personal style of photography, and what really energises and excites me. My photography is a way of seeking space for me, but if I choose to display my photos publicly, then it must also be a way of reflecting 'me', and communicating 'me' in some way. 

Online articles on developing a personal style suggest close analysis on one's photos, and here, within many of the different types of photos I have taken, I discern a fascination with pattern, shape and texture. I look for these both within natural environments and through the religious architecture I am drawn to. Many of my photos focus in on the smaller aspects of larger spaces to draw attention to the patterns within. As the new year begins I have therefore reorganised my website to highlight shape, pattern and texture. I want to build on these aspects, though retaining for the moment selections of travel photos.


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