Standing OutPosted: August 10, 2010
It’s become quite apparent to me that there is a certain look to the wildly successful photographers on Etsy. This isn’t a bad thing or something to moan about, but it does make one wonder how to stand out from everyone else, when it seem the only way to be a success on Etsy is to take endless photographs of ferris wheels or list the same old, same old photograph of a dandelion. That’s not to say that I don’t like these images or that I don’t think these photographers are talented, because they so obviously ARE; I am merely commenting on a theme here, one that can sometimes become tiring to wade through when looking to buy some new photography for my walls.
I want to be original, not derivative! I want people to look at my work and think “Now THAT’S a Facing the Lens photograph!” Sometimes I feel compelled to change my style a bit, altering it so I can be more successful to Etsy or the hipster crowd, but I find that when I try something like this, I’m not as happy as I am when I follow my own eye and my own sense of what I find beautiful. I think you can see this progression in some of my work; the images I first put in my Etsy shop have that faded, vintage feel that is SO popular on the site (and that I admittedly find myself drawn to). As I’ve become more comfortable with myself and my abilities, I’ve begun exploring vibrant, color popping imagery, which is something I’ve always LOVED.
I suppose it’s a good thing to always be searching for some kind of creative nirvana and to never quite grasp it. Once you’ve grasped something, be it a theme or a concept, you don’t ever really feel the need to go back and revisit it or to look at it in a different way. I am hoping to take a step back from my images and see how I can improve upon them and create something distinctive and unique. It may not be successful monetarily, but I am hoping that the joy I take in my imagery is enough to sate me creatively.