I haven’t been blogging long, but a brief scan of my posts pointed out to me that I seem to have no style. No artistic voice, as it were. My photography is all over the place – everything from cyanotypes to nature to random odd shots. I say “seem” because it’s not totally the truth.
This blog has taken the form of a photo journal. If I stuck to only cyanotypes every time I posted (because that’s really more my artistic form) I would rarely post. I am a photographer – that means I shoot a lot. Not all of those shots are good. In a year’s time I’ll probably look back at the archives and blush because much of what I posted is utter crap and I was too close to the shot to see it. While I post a lot of photographs and some inane babble to go along with them, I think I can safely say my artistic voice shows up in my cyanotype work more often than not.
A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that an artistic voice or “style” is something you do in post processing. I tend to view it more as a type of seeing, or shooting. I print my cyanotypes from the strongest selection of my photographs, but I still shoot them the same way I shoot raspberries or thread spools. That’s not to say my “Style” is set in stone – I would hate for that to happen because it means I’ve stopped experimenting.
I guess I’m saying take this blog with a grain of salt (all 4 of you who are reading it.) It’s more of a journal that tracks my life as well as my photographic processes. It’s not a professional site, it’s not a marketing tool, it’s not a “pat-me-on-the-back-and-say-I’m-wonderful” site. It truly is an accurate record of what I’m doing right now. And I appreciate you reading – I do! If my mistakes can entertain people or keep them from doing the same thing, all the better. At the end of the day though, I’m doing this for me. And I do apologize if you subscribed and I’m spamming your inbox with posts.