It’s interesting to me to go back and look at my own photographs from last Spring and even further back, to see how my photography has changed and even how my style has evolved. I’m terrible at culling photos and usually keep all of them, but unfortunately the external drive where I keep my photos filled up a few weeks ago, with no more room for anything else. Rather than buy a new drive, I knew I had a lot of photos on there that I didn’t really need to keep going all the way back to 2010, when we lived in Germany, so I decided to send some time going through them and removing any that I didn’t need. A little overdue Spring Cleaning for my computer, although still outside it feels like the longest winter.
Of course, this meant that I was sitting with Lightroom open, going through thousands of photographs. It afforded me a little time to really look at and think about what makes my photos different, what makes them mine, from the way that I shoot through to the way that I process my photos afterwards.
It’s interesting to look at how my style has been constantly changing all this time, even if just in little ways that are probably only noticeable to me. I’m influenced by so many things around me, these things feed into my photography style. From seemingly unrelated things: the books I’ve been reading, art I’ve seen (photographic or traditional), the objects in my home and things I’ve been doing in my everyday life, through to more obviously photography-related things such as upgrading a camera or trying a different lens.
Art style, or photography style, is fluid. We absorb the things that we learn, and they influence our work. It’s a continual process of learning and changing. My style has even changed when we have moved, it was different when I lived in England… when we lived in Texas, Germany and now it is different again in Chicago due to the differences in our surroundings and lifestyle.
The creative photography projects I’ve been doing with Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud recently have influenced my work in more ways than I expected them to when we were first throwing ideas around during the planning stages at the beginning.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how my work evolves unless the change is something particularly huge and noticeable. But I know it is there, I can feel the subtle difference.
Looking back on my photos taken for previous photo challenges, I can see how being required to think outside the box a little for each of the prompts has affected the way I shoot and the way I see my surroundings.
Nurture Photography is our series of seasonal photography challenges, we’ll be bringing you the inspirational and challenging prompts that you have become accustomed to with our seasonal photo challenges, as well as tutorials, tips and a few freebies as well.
For more information, take a look at our Nurture Photography page. You can also like Nurture Photography on Facebook to stay up to date and follow along with our Nurture Photography Inspiration Board on Pinterest where we’ll be pinning some of your beautiful photos when the challenge begins.
The Photo Challenge begins at 9am CST on Friday April 5th. For more information and a list of prompts please visit the Nurture Photography Page.
*The sweet little succulent plant & pot in these photos was bought from a lovely local store in my neighbourhood called Alapash.