I had a little fun, in the traffic on the way home last night. I started to think about the way I shoot, and compared it to the approach of some others I know, and then thought about some little categories we might find ourselves in:
Hunter ‚Äì you go to a location with a specific shot/subject in mind
Gatherer ‚Äì you find pictures wherever you go
Thinker ‚Äì you make pictures that reflect on life
Craftsman ‚Äì you‚Äôre more interested in the equipment/process than the final result
Director ‚Äì you create a scene for the benefit of the camera
Voyeur ‚Äì you‚Äôre looking for a window into people‚Äôs lives
I‚Äôd say I‚Äôm definitely a gatherer. I like to collect those little details from the world around me, wherever I find myself. My nature macros, and keyhole pictures spring to mind, here!
Even though there are particular types of photography (nature/wildlife/street/portrait) that seem to match up nicely to those categories, it‚Äôs also fun to imagine shooting one type in a totally different style ‚Äì a portrait photographer that shoots like a thinker, or a street photographer that takes the director‚Äôs approach.
It came from trying to narrow down ‚Äòstyle‚Äô – what it is, what contributes to a unique style to make it identifiable? I wonder, if you can remove things like post processing or subject matter and still have a definite style coming through by the use of, say, composition, or shooting angle?