Artists read a lot about how specializing is the way to go. "Don't be a generalist." And I can understand that. Hell, I've done it. "Be the go-to flower photographer." "Make sure your Instagram feed represents a cohesive body of work."
The trouble is, most artists, and by "most" I'm talking specifically about me right now, are fascinated by more than one genre of their work. I absolutely love photographing flowers. But a lot of other subject matter catches my eye, too. (Rusty things, old buildings, or creating something really abstract.) It comes down to the fact that I just frickin' love photographing lots of things! Except bugs. I don't like photographing bugs.
You see, I'm getting bored only sharing flowers and pretty nature.
Fellow Artists - How do you feel?
Do you think you should specialize? There is something to be said for being known for something specific. But do you think that helps you?
I’m going to mix it up a little.
So I'm thinking I'm going to start mixing in more of my non-nature work into my blog, Facebook, and Instagram posts. (I'm going to reserve the liberty of changing my mind, though.) This is where your feedback would be pretty cool. Cause I only know if I'm impacting you if you communicate back to me. (And if you hate doing public comments, another option is to contact me this way. It's an email form, and I can email you back.)
However, I don't think being more of a generalist means you share everything. I definitely don't want to share anything that looks like crap. Nor should any artist! So I will not (intentionally) post something for the sake of sharing that is junk. The photograph will resonate with me (and hopefully with you) in some way.
Let's just see where this journey takes me. And you. Hang in there with me, ok?
Image Info: 35mm film, manual focus, nature, nikon 28-105 (I think. it's film, so there's no "data" to look at like with a digital image), Nikon FE2, Kodak portra 400. Minor adjustments to contrast and color cast in Lightroom.