Once again I am pleased to present this years ’24 Mobile Photographers Til Christmas’. It is a series that has been run throughout December for the last couple of years and has always been successfully received. In part, it is to celebrate the forthcoming festive season but also to celebrate another year in the timeline of Mobiography.
In the series I ask 24 hand picked mobile photographers to offer an insight into their work, to reflect on their year gone by or plans for the coming year ahead. Each featured photographer is someone who has inspired or supported me in one way or another during the course of the past year. One photographer will be showcased each day until Christmas Eve in a sort of online advent calendar so to speak.
Today’s featured photographer is Mariko Klug.
My biggest takeaway about mobile photography this year is…
What has been the main takeaway you have learnt about your mobile photography during the past year?
Since I started with (mobile) photography about 4 years ago, every now and then there are people telling me that they like my ‘style’. I was astounded that people seem to see a style, because I didn’t know that I had one…
There are many photographers out there I admire and whose work I instantly recognise as theirs. It’s not only the genre but it’s the way they photograph, the way they present their images. It’s like a signature or a fingerprint. I assume this is what people call ‘style’, a ‘personal style’.
But what about me?
It seemed so important so I began searching for my style.
Except two consistencies I couldn’t see any style in my work: my photos are in square format and I love to take photos primarily of landscapes and nature. But that’s it.
I don’t have a formula, I edit every image differently. It depends on what I want to create and also in which mood I am. So my work can be moody, whimsical, colourful, dark, mono, plain or with textures, sometimes minimalistic, but mostly not…
I began thinking so much about ‘my’ style that I stopped posting images just because I wasn’t sure if it fits my style… Totally stupid.
In 2015 I still don’t know my style… but I’m good with that. I came to the conclusion that it is a waste of time so I gave up worrying about it. I just do what I love and focus on the results now. Perhaps the style will magically happen all on it’s own and people will recognise my style before me…?
Just few days ago someone commented on my photo telling me that I have a unique, recognisable style.
You see? ; )
Heartfelt thank you for all who like and support my photography style!
‘Frohe Weihnachten’ from Germany!