Yes, I’m sure everyone says that. “My blog is different from all the others…”
(Or at least thinks it...)
Of course, there are almost as many photography blogs as there are photographs. Almost…
So what is different? If you don’t believe there is a difference, then possibly you may need to adjust your thinking. That is not to be meant as arrogance, and I’m not going to tell you that this is the be all, end all photography blog.< /p>
But there is one thing that makes this blog different than all the other blogs. At the risk of stating the obvious, the difference is me. I, just like all the rest of you, are unique. It then becomes my responsibility to write from my perspective, and possibly, and even hopefully, show you an angle that is different from your own.
Isn’t that what photography really is?
I just poked around Google to see what the volume of photographs out there is. I’m not sure it’s possible to get a true accurate number. I found one site that said the average uploads to Flickr were just shy of 2 million per day! And that number was from 2012, and only Flickr. Suffice it to say there are a gajillion photographs out there. So again we must decide what’s different about my, your, our photographs? If you think 2 photographers standing next to each other get the same thing, then there is really no need to take any photographs. Give up now! Sell your camera, have a little extra cash, and move on. On the other hand…
This image is of the Brandt Point Lighthouse on Nantucket. This lighthouse is very accessible, and is probably the most photographed place on the island. 10 minutes after I made this image, a couple and their photographer showed up for what I can only guess were engagement photos. It was 5:05AM. Searching Google for Nantucket or Brandt Point finds many, many images of this lighthouse. Now granted I only spent a few short minutes on the search, but I looked at a few hundred photos, and none of them looked like mine. That’s not a judgment, it’s just an interesting fact. My perspective was different than anything else I could find.
There were photos I liked, and others not so much. Each photo had different clouds, a different angle, a different time of day, and different light. The unique perspective of one person at one moment in time is your contribution to the conversation.
This weekend, I’ll be heading back to Nantucket. I’ll be looking around for new places to photograph, but will almost certainly return to Brandt Point, due to it’s easy accessibility. I’m sure the light will be different, so I’ll have another view…. The point is, let’s remove all excuses as to why anyone should or shouldn’t do something. Do it for you. It is a perspective that is unique. Maybe, just maybe, a few others will relate, or learn, or argue. Either way, there is a connection. Which is really what makes the world go.
Have you ever been to Nantucket? Please post your opinion, as well as links to photographs if you are so inclined. I'd love to hear your perspective.