Well........I may have said it before but if you stick to the well trodden path you always end up at the same place so at times I wander off and have a root about in the nether regions of images and pictures. Might be messy, pointless and unfulfilling but its different. Posted an Image on one of my other sites and it was compared to an Andy Warhol piss painting, had to google and find out and blow me it did look similar. Now i had no idea or, maybe recollection of that type of Warhol image, hadn't set out with a plagiaristic intent, didn't run a dedication or feel that i had replicated a masterpiece. but oddly had an image of comparable style. Now where am I off to with this one?? Oh yes its this digital age. I can look at most images and do a close or rough replication of the result,get your head inside photoshop and have a deep and meaningful relationship with your camera kit and you should be able to 'see' like someone else has, and there's the problem. What happens to the spark of individuality, the definition of ones own style, the ability to look and have a singular view when all around there are millions of images being produced by the minute. Do you define the image in your head before shooting or do you react with the uploaded file on your monitor?????
I probably wouldn't look at things the way I do if I hadn't studied the work of Diane Arbus, Brett Weston, Mary Ellen Mark,Cartier Bresson, laChappelle, Crewdson, Brandt, Parr, Cornish, Testino....but I don't set out to replicate their 'style'. They are there as a reference, much in the same way as all the peeps snaps on here, Photoblogs.org, flickr. vfxy et al are there to admire and learn from. So, before I throw my board rubber at you slackers playing brag at the back, I"ll just wrap it up and give a deep and heartfelt round of applause to those of you out there in blogland who have the ability to retain your own recognisable style whilst being able to produce images of sometimes breathtaking originality and quality. Keep walking down that well trodden path.....but never stop moving forwards.
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