Identity crisis…

Up to now I worked in black and white, in my work there always are people. Last weeks I have been posting more abstract work. I am not sure if this is what I really like, as of today it fascinates me a lot to show the exceptional in simple things easily overseen.

On the G.A.S. side I am back now on the Canon Track, just picked up a 5Ds R… not for work like this but for modelling work which, is another experimental track I have taken recently…

Let me know, should I continue with this or stick with the style I had last years?

17 thoughts on “Identity crisis…

  1. I always feel its good to try different styles, training the eye to see photographic posabilites.
    Your shadow of window blinds I thought was very good. So I say try it for a while and see what feedback your get.

  2. Hi Vincent,

    I understand your thoughts, maybe it is worth to discover new things but I also appreciate your previous style a lot. Changing styles also means to find a new audience I think.

    Best Regard

    1. finding an own way, a way that changes or evolves during the time… yes that is what I am looking for at the moment. Color was one step in that direction, I definitvely will experiment more.

  3. I think you (and every other photographer – professional or amateur) should photograph whatever they like.

    We have a famous advertising slogan for travelling to a particular state in Australia. It goes something like “you’ll never never know if you never never go”.

    One of my favourite quotes is “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” by Andre Gide.

    I like to apply these type of quotes to many things in life.
    Perhaps they should be applied to your Photographic style or subject too.

    I love some of you new abstracts, especially that on of the bottom of the curtain with the shadows on the floor, but not the one in this post so much. It doesn’t grab my eye or seen to have a focal point or balanced composition.

    Abstract photography (or minimalism) is not easy. It appeals to some audiences and not others. I guess it’s like Art in general.

    Perhaps the very fact that you ask us if you should follow your old style (as opposed to abstracts) suggests to me that you’re still in the experimental, or early, stage of abstract photography and you need to do some more practice before you make up your mind whether it’s a style you’d like to explore further.

    Only you can make that decision.

    (I’d still include images of people, or your old style, on this blog though – I really enjoy their subject matter. lighting and style).

    1. Hi Vicki,

      thanks for your thoughts and wonderful quotes, you are right; to explore new things and leave the box is a good thing.

      Sometimes I feel that the portraits are a bit too easy. I still have a lot here to process from last trips to Ethiopia and Lebanon but I can’t motivate myself to select them. As of today there is no next trip planned or in close sight, I however feel to make new photos.

      The photo shown here is missing the special thing, and composition is not very good. It is not my best one, it all was about the thoughts I do have.

      It seems I am looking for changes in style and tools. In the past I worked with Canon 5D, the weight became a problem so I changed much lighter Fujifilm X-Pro. This might look like a very basic camera but the overload of technology is distracting me a lot. So I bought a Canon 5Ds R, it is heavy yes but the handling and ergonomics are so much more natural to me. It is like using a rental car, you just can start to drive it even when it has some extras that might be discovered explored later. I probably will write a somewhat longer blog post about that feeling in the near future.

      I will keep up the old style but will start to explore new areas.

      Kind Regards,

      1. You’re exceptionally good at making portraits, but maybe that’s a good reason to set yourself new challenges. I bought my Sony a6000 to relieve my back pain (after surgeries) but the convoluted menu is sometimes more work than its worth. I still like my heavier Canon DSLR better, even though its old and very basic. While nowhere near your standard or skill, sometimes the simplest camera makes you think more about composition. I’d definitely keep up practicing more of the abstract style if I was you. I think minimalism in subject matter, is a hard subject to master. It’s worth the challenge.

  4. It is worth a try Vincent, don’t stop experimenting… your work will develop even when you don’t find another path.

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