I’ve been taking photographs for about 14 years now, first with cheap film cameras, then with hideously priced early digital ‘point and shoots,’ next a bridge camera, a mid-level crop sensor DSLR and then finally a full-frame DSLR.
As I’ve progressed, changed interests and got older, I’ve wondered when I’d find a style. My subjects and final results never seemed to have any real consistency; no recognisable thing that says I took this.
As time’s passed, I’ve flirted with black and white (as most photographers do), but then drifted back to the full-saturation, dramatic landscapes I know and love.
Still, I kept coming back…
I’ve noticed over the last couple of years (and certainly the last year or so) that I’m really drawn to heavy dramatic blacks and bright whites.
I started to shoot with the aim of editing this way, deliberately underexposing and thinking about what might look good in black and white.
The images in this blog are from the last couple of years or so and I can definitely see a ‘style’ here. I’m not obsessed about having one and I’ll never force it, but it’s nice to be able to look at a selection of images and think, oh yeah, I can see the same person took/edited these photographs.
While I’ll still continue to take colourful sunsets, blue lakes and bright mountains, in black and white, I’ve found somewhere I’m comfortable. Better than that, it’s another avenue of photography that I can get really excited about – it’s made me want to pick up my camera more often again.
If you’re a photographer, have you found your ‘style’?
If you’re a viewer, are there any particular ‘styles’ you favour?