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Aug 12, 2017 18:32 |  #316

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My work is unique and have been told that's a good thing.

I would not trust someone who provides advice like that.

In photography uniqueness if leveraged properly will be the what separates you from the pack and can greatly increase the value of your work should you want to go there.

Would you mind explaining the logic of your answer? Your two sentences contradict each other. I can't make sense of them in combination.


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Aug 12, 2017 20:17 |  #317

MatrixBlackRock wrote in post #18426098 (external link)
That's more of a snapshot then great photography.

Eggleston is one of the extremely few photographers to have an exquisite control and understanding of color.

I’m actually not partial to this particular photo (something to do with my dislike of children I assume), but I understand the context of its importance, and moreover, its place within Eggleston’s broader body of work, which is markedly unique.

Visually elevating the banal is no easy task, but Eggleston succeeded consistently with images that used clever composition and, again, exceptional command of color to create atmospheric, if not darkly wry, commentary, pushing his photos far beyond snapshots.

And to preemptively note, in the past, I’ve come across photos where I thought, gosh, I really like this; it looks like an Eggleston. And sure enough, as I subsequently discovered, it was an Eggleston, underscoring that a) it’s not just Eggleston’s “name” that carries his photos, as I’ve liked his photos without initially knowing he was the photographer, and b) he has managed to establish a unique, signature style, something that the vast majority of photographers will never accomplish.

Edit: And of course, no one is obligated to like anyone's photographs---different strokes and all---but I do think it's worthwhile to review why certain photographers are considered highly influential, especially those photographers who one does NOT like.


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Aug 13, 2017 07:28 |  #318

OhLook wrote in post #18426164 (external link)
Would you mind explaining the logic of your answer? Your two sentences contradict each other. I can't make sense of them in combination.

Very simple, uniqueness is what sets an outstanding photographer away from the rest of the pack and someone who advises a person who strives to be unique, not to be, is proffering advise that should not be trusted.




  
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Aug 13, 2017 10:10 |  #319

MatrixBlackRock wrote in post #18426435 (external link)
Very simple, uniqueness is what sets an outstanding photographer away from the rest of the pack and someone who advises a person who strives to be unique, not to be, is proffering advise that should not be trusted.

This was freestyle's report of the advice: "My work is unique and have been told that's a good thing."


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Aug 15, 2017 04:20 |  #320

Thanks for all the replies, I am no longer focused on getting 'the shot' i am just enjoying capturing life as it happens, if i miss something i miss it... it's how life works.
Since taking this new outlook and going back to my 35mm b/w shooting i have slowed down a lot, i enjoy it more, and i have got (what i think) are some cracking shots :-)


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Aug 15, 2017 10:05 |  #321

BTW I can't think of a more unique and genuine vision than that of Eggleston. Did you really look hard at the tricycle photograph? The background? The visual commentary on suburban life? I agree with sjones' comment.




  
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Aug 16, 2017 10:32 |  #322

urbanfreestyle wrote in post #18428063 (external link)
Thanks for all the replies, I am no longer focused on getting 'the shot' i am just enjoying capturing life as it happens, if i miss something i miss it... it's how life works.
Since taking this new outlook and going back to my 35mm b/w shooting i have slowed down a lot, i enjoy it more, and i have got (what i think) are some cracking shots :-)

I did it in 2012, exactly same happened and it also changed how I photograph digitally now as well.


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Oct 19, 2018 15:28 |  #323

This thread reminds me of a book I came across...

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BTW, this store has a good selection of photography books. Many priced less than amazon.


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