Over the last few months, I've been haunted by a question: is my work consistent enough?
Am I a consistent person? Is this something I need to work on, not only for my portfolio but overall?
Is being versatile such a bad thing, that we all need to be "consistent" to the point that we all look the same?
We use the same filters, the same presets, the same editing software, the same gear!
I just kept wondering why this necesesity for your portfolio to look consistent?
The answer was always - because the potential client will be more drawn to you if you look consistent!
Ok, yes, I can understand that, but at the same time, I believe that I look consistent by being different.
I have always celebrated diversity, and looked to be versatile and diverse! When walking through galleries, artists are consistent for a period of time, and then they push their boundaries by experimenting with different mediums. There is a sense of consistency in the mayhem of diversity.
And then I guess I found my answer. Whilst we all are artists inside, very few take their talent further. They maintain it to a level where I guess is comfortable. Which is not necessarily such a bad thing? At the end of the day, it's our individual choice who we want to be.
Don't get me wrong, I love consistency but always with a twist of different! And I will always encourage everyone to dare to be different.
My work, and in general I guess, is dictated by that moment in time. It could be black and white, it could be colour, it could be buildings or people- the consistency is the type of moments I'm looking to capture, but they are diverse because they belong to different times.
This post is more than my quest to improve my work and portfolio. It's about daring to be different. Challenge yourself every day, get out of the norm. Follow your dreams no matter how hard you are pressured by others to be what they want you to be!
Live is too short to live someone else's consistency.
Photos taken in 2015 in Vienna.