A couple of people on flickr were saying (without trying to put words in their mouths, or assume too much from their comments) that this photo is BAC (definitive even?)
I think that’s interesting because one of the things I’ve been struggling with is knowing and understanding what my artistic identity is. (I hate when I end a sentence with “is”. Not suppose to do that right?) One of the many many things I love about Flickr is that I’m constantly exposed to new ideas from other photographers and artists. But, it can become problematic too.
If I’m so heavily influenced by others’ work, pushed to try new things to emulate what they do, how do I know when something I do is really coming from my artistic authenticity? How do I know when it’s merely a recycling of what those others have done?
Don’t get me wrong. I think using others’ work as a jumping off place toward trying something new is a great way for artists to learn from each other. Ultimately the goal is to then make what another is doing your own by putting your spin on it, your brand, your flavor. I guess I just whish I could pin down what my flavor is right now.
What do your think? Do you feel you have a strong sense of your own artistic identity? If yes, how do you think you have achieved that identity? Is that something that comes and goes for you? How do you keep others’ influences as inspirations rather than taking them on as your own?