For as long as I can remember I’ve been trying to define my “style:” in elementary school I was intent on specifying my handwriting style; in middle school I focused on my grammatical-writing style; in high school I began experimenting with hair styles; and now, in college I’ve been solidifying my photographic style. It’s been an exhausting process. I’ve combed through thousands of pictures on Flickr in an attempt to find the direction in which I should take my photography. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find what I’ve been looking for, and that has been the worst for me as an artist. It actually depressed me enough to stop taking pictures (I’m a perfectionist; I believe that if something can’t be done exceptionally well, then don’t do it at all).
But something just occurred to me: I will never find what I’m looking for. I can rummage about for the next eternity and I will still never find it because it doesn’t exist. The “perfect” style doesn’t exist because I haven’t created it yet!
UGH. It’s so annoying that I knew the answer the entire time! I didn’t expect to find what I was looking for within myself… In hindsight (which is always crystal clear), that was the first place I should have looked. But I’m glad things unravelled in this way. Now I actually trust that I have all of the materials needed to be a great photographer: an imagination! It’s completely unnecessary for me to define my photographic style because the work always speaks for itself. My style will be revealed, but first I have to take a picture.
What I’m trying to say is that you are enough. You really are. We all have something that the world hasn’t seen yet, so stop trying to be someone else! They’re clearly already taken.
That’s my PSA for the week! Happy Monday! 🙂