Back on December 28th, I wrote this post about photographic style. In it, I indicated that no one could probably pick out my style in a line up of photographs. Julie, disagreed:
I dunno, there’s a few recurring visual elements that pop up in your work rather often, and this post is an excellent example as your fascination with shadows would be one i’d list! You do tend to lean towards contrast and strong compositions, whether you’re shooting in colour or bw, and you’re good at cropping a scene to tell the story – a style can be the focal length and way you frame things as much as the choice of subject or method of processing.
Thanks to her astuteness, I went back over some of my earlier work and made a discovery: Not only do I like contrast, as in tonal contrast, I like, even more – to use a big word, juxtapositional contrast. In looking back over these photos, I see a definite pattern of taking photos of soft next to hard, as in this top photo (I’ve lots of flowers next to rocks!), tiny flowers growing at the base of large trees, big sky/small people, warm/cold, lots of sun/shadow – the whole yin/yang of it.
I even went back several years, back to 2006 and had a look, looking for this particular style element and found them all over the place. Believe me, it wasn’t hard. I have no desire, of course, to change this now that I’ve noticed it because, well, I suppose that is just how I see things and that’s alright by me. Of course, I don’t always shoot this way, but a large amount of the time, I do. Not surprisingly, at least to me, when I awoke this morning, I looked out the window, saw frost and sunshine in the backyard, got dressed hurriedly and dashed out the back door, camera in hand. Wow! Frost and sunshine! Gotta have it! LOL – More warm and cold. That’s where today’s photo came from. Hot off the presses.
I’m glad that Julie noticed this. It’s always good to learn something about yourself – something that even you couldn’t see.