Set Apart

imageOne tree, apart, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Do you ever wonder how to set yourself apart? To be part of society, among friends, but not lost among them. As photographers we strive to “have our own look”. To not get lost in the sea of all the others who are also trying to set themselves apart. At the same time, we (I should say I) try not to adopt a style that draws so much attention to style that it detracts from subject or content.

As people, we hope to project our own style identity, but not to the extent that we feel too far out of the mainstream. Entertainers excepted, few of us want to stray too far from the established norm. Once again, it’s a matter of balance. A little risk-taking in what we wear never hurt anybody, but go too far and people have a difficult time taking us seriously. Playing around with a new look for your images may release a formerly untapped creative side, and that’s good. We may even get noticed, but if that’s all one does, if the style becomes all there is, perhaps we’ve gone overboard. Perhaps at that point it’s time to think again about just what we want the message to be. What is it we want to be noted for, style, or content?

It’s never easy. We want to be noticed and appreciated, but for the right reasons. It’s up to each of us, as individuals, to decide what  those reasons are.

Panasonic Lumix G3 with 20mm F1.7, imported and processed on my iPad Air using Nik Snapseed®.


4 comments on “Set Apart

  1. Mike says:

    An excellent photograph that illustrates a great message, thanks for sharing!


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