As artists, we constantly are searching for our style. To find that “look” or idea that speaks to us and becomes our signature. The thing that everyone looks at and immediately knows who made it. Of course, style evolves but usually, it’s slowly over time and still recognizable as the artist’s work.
I’ve been trying new styles and looks while editing but I still go back to my base. I think I’ve found the base that’s me and I’m still making small changes, mostly depending on what the photos say to me. I plan to keep experimenting. I have a few new looks I like outside my normal look.
As artists, we should continue to explore, expand, and try new things.
If we don’t, we become stagnant. We get trapped in a pattern and our art can suffer. And we all go through moments we want to give up. Times when we don’t want to be creative or make art. I’ve been in that funk for most of the past year or so.
I’ve barely picked up my camera. I haven’t drawn or painted.
I have spent a lot of time reflecting on life, art, and my business lately. I’ve made a list of what I want to work on and experiment while shooting. I’m re-watching some courses on social media and marketing. I want to read at least one book a month on art, photography, or creativity. I know I can be better and to do so I need to keep learning, attempting, and pushing myself.
I also think I’ve finally figured out what my direction is. I am not changing what I shoot. I love landscapes, travel, and wildlife photos. Rather I am finding the voice behind the images. Yes, I’ve always been about conservation and helping others but I didn’t speak much from that point of view.
Enter the desert adventurer!
I realized that most of my images are taken in the southwest. And we spend a lot of our free time off-roading, camping, and hiking. We belong to the desert. We are always looking for adventure. So that is my brand. My voice. Will I still explore areas outside of the desert and the southwest? Of course! And I will share those too. But my main focus and what drives me is the desert.