Like many of you, I’ve noticed the large push for the “hand made in America” product again lately. Photography, and so many things are diving head first back into tradition and care for the process which is great, but is it just another fad? Photography has certainly had its share of this with over saturated, de-saturated, wide angle and HDR. All of which have their place and all of which most of us have tried probably, but the interesting thing is that we all dive back into the classics from time to time to get truly inspired.
I’ve been told since art school that finding my own style and “voice” is the most important thing. It’s funny that I often find myself thinking about what that is. No one can really tell you, and there’s no magic book to read or lecture to go to with the answers, “at least not that I know of”. For me I’m finding that photography is less about the technical crap; the cameras, the gear, and the who shot what, and more about the experiences I get to have with a camera. A professer once told me to stop doing the work for the sake of the grade, because I’m only hurting myself. Like many of you I’m a struggling artist as well, but if you want my two cents - no one cares… Shut up, get out there and do something “you” give a shit about. The moment you stop trying to impress your friends, is the moment you’ll start loving what you do again.