Beyond making authors' work recognizable, a photographic style is one of the most valuable assets any photographer can build. From a very personal standpoint, I think of style as a whole world which can be seen from a diverse range of perspectives. As a photography educator, it is beautiful to see how style starts to develop in my students.
From the curatorial side of the game, it is extremely satisfying to see a photograph and say “that shot looks somewhat familiar, it reminds me of…” and yup, the name that I'm thinking of is sometimes the correct one. And from the shooting side of the scope, style is a never-ending query.
Style is equally revered and feared by many new and not-so-new photographers. It is hard to build, and there is no exact recipe for achieving it either, but today I'll be sharing some insightful thoughts about style that will hopefully make it easier for you.