One of the reasons I decided to do the Pressed Landscapes project was because I happened on a theme in my work when I looked back. Here’s one from the archives:
I didn’t set out to photograph the world in a way that rendered it somewhat flat, as if pressed between the pages of a book. But for whatever reason, my attraction to certain subject matter, my choice of focal length and how I arranged my compositions, that is the way things turned out. Looking back, I can see this style emerge, and it was an intriguing enough idea to generate this project. And now it’s time to push on with some fresh work.
In many of our talks and workshops, Darwin and I stress the importance of thinking of creative vision rather than personal style. The reason for that is simple: personal style is what happens when you are pursuing your creative vision. You can’t (and shouldn’t) try to develop a style of shooting. Instead, your style will only emerge if you are true to what motivates YOU to click the shutter. So, take a look back through some of your images. What is your style? More importantly, are you aware of your motivations for making the images you make? What’s YOUR creative vision?