One of the questions I try to stick in the heads of my workshop attendees is “What is your story, and how are you going to tell it?
We are all influenced by other photographers, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to make a photo just like one of theirs. What’s bad about this is, if you are copying their story, you are not telling your own. When that happens you, and the world, are missing out.
The world is full of stories, most of which will never be told. So what’s your story? Your unique experience? What do you love, appreciate, understand, believe in, more than anything else? What do you have to say to your fellow humans? Is it capturing memories for your family? Telling the story of a beautiful place? The struggle of an athlete on the field? Or one of countless others?
When you know what your story is, and how you want to tell it, is when you will start making photographs with the most impact. It’s a question you should always be trying to answer, to understand, to refine. It will guide everything you do and fuel your photography.
So what’s your story? And how are you going to tell it?
Rich Seiling is a pioneer of Fine Art Printmaking, having worked on thousands of prints for leading photographers.