written by Marta Hewson
Identify your Passion
It's necessary to be influenced and inspired by the styles and trends of what others are doing or have done in the past, as long as you don't outright copy their work. As you learn to develop your craft, you have to experiment and aspire, and in the beginning that may come from recreating certain aspects of images that move you.
But to become an individual, to satisfy your own personal interests, you have to identify with own passion. What inspires you, what motivates you, what makes you smile, or turn your head and stare? Your attractions are your individual relation to everything around you, so run to them, embrace them and it will always show in the work you do. Identify with your passions and you will find your individual voice.
Become aware of what moves you
When I became truly happy with photography is when I dropped all my preconceived ideas of what and how I should be photographing (based on what others were doing), and decided to just photograph how I wanted. This was a very freeing revelation and made me fall in love with photography all over again. My purpose suddenly became clear, and I started to work based on my why, not my what.
What moves me? Mood, expression, and emotion. Classic and timeless images. Movement that creates mood, and blur. Unusual tones and colours. Graphic poses as well as subtle ones. Interesting light, Images that tell stories. Glances, looks, and connection with the viewer. These are all my top most important reasons why a photograph moves me. Notice how 'technically correct' did not make my list at all....
I'd love to hear your identifying passions as well. Please feel free to share what inspires you in the comments below.