Interesting discussion about body of work.
I just don't shoot with that much of a thought process.
I shoot what I see in mind at that specific moment in time, so one photo might have nothing to do with another. IMO, I don't have a "body of work" that has a common recognizable thread. For me, it just doesn't need to be that deep. Again, I shoot what I see and it's a pretty simple thought process that works for me.
Some days I "see" well. Other days, not so much. That's the joy of it for me. The hunt. The feeling of achievement when you get that shot that you are proud of. But it's not something I force or even actively think about.
I know I posted up some photos with explanations of why I chose to shoot those photos that way, but they all come from a very simplistic approach. Shoot what I see.
Its what will take your work to the next level. A style will not only help you in personal work but will also help you in your professional work It will have people hiring you because your work doesn't look like the herd. If the herd is your competition its only going to get tougher out there.
If you want to exhibit in a credible gallery its one thing that the curator will look at and your clients will search you out for it and those are the clients that notice and therefore really matter.
Its a sure way to take it to the next level and it ain't easy. And once you discover and evolve into it the joy just increases.
The biggest compliment a photographer can get isn't "thats a pretty picture" (almost anyone these days can make pretty pictures) but the big compliment is "that looks like one of your photographs" especially when it is one of yours. Thats something not everyone can do.