Defining Your Vision
I love this quote:
"You have to perform your own visual signature, you cannot get anyplace imitating the work of the people you admire" -- Ralph Gibson
It is a theme or a message that I struggle with all of the time. Not so much in that I am trying to imitate anyone else, but that I am often concerned about what others think to the detriment of what I see. A subtle shift, but one that can have the same affect on your creative work.
It can cause you to photograph in a way that is not true to yourself and your own vision, instead playing to what you believe others want. I believe that this can have the same detrimental impact on your personal vision as what Ralph was talking about. A subtle difference, but still an impact on the purity of your own work.
Below is the interview where he talks about this and a few other things.