Recently, I have been under the gun to produce imagery for clients. AND!!! we all know that the customer is the boss, right? right!
So I decided to work for me. There is an aesthetic climate or ambient taste that is always buzzing in the atmosphere. With all the blogs, FaceBooks, Instagrams, etc., there is a "look" about everything. Reading one of my favorite sites (GaranceDore.fr/en) it was explained quite accurately. It seems that we are herded into "liking" the same things over and over. That is fine... but does it stifle our creativity? Our individuality?
There are quite a few of my favorite artists that, when creating, do NOT observe or experience anyone else's work. It is a really honest way to produce without being influenced. I find that if you do experience what's out there, you will be influenced. Whether you want to create like art or you want to create something completely different, you've become influenced.
So I began to think, "How do I get past that?"
Eventually, I stopped fighting it. I decided, I will just follow my passion and create the most beautiful, romantic imagery I could. I began to act like my own boss and demanded specificity from myself. I demanded more than I ever have.
Naturally, I have not had time to study my favorite photographers (Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz, etc.). I didn't have time to listen to my critics (disgruntled photographers that live in the comment sections of social media). My boss was too demanding! Kind of a jerk even... but he is pushing me. To be a better artist. To be a better me.