By good fortune, I found a stack of photography books at the library’s fall book sale. I picked up a few volumes from the Aperture Masters of Photography series – those on Alfred Stieglitz, Dorthea Lange, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. I also snagged the book Wideness and Wonder about the Life and Art of Georgia O’Keeffe and a long coveted book on creativity, Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg.
I spend time studying books like these, finding photographs I love, and then imitating their style.
The point of imitation is not to adopt someone else’s style, but to learn from it. –David DuChemin
And so, it goes. I practice and learn and slowly I find my own voice.
From Alfred Stielglitz, regarding his series Songs of the Sky,
“I have found that the use of clouds in my photographs has made people less aware of clouds as clouds in the pictures than when I have portrayed trees or houses or wood or any other objects. In looking at my photographs of clouds, people seem freer to think about the relationships in the pictures than about the subject-matter for its own sake.”
As I work to discover and define my style, there is one thing of which I am certain. The most significant art is created sacredly with all of oneself, from a place deep within.