The Inspirations: Don’t Fit In…

I’ve got a couple of inspirational images to share with you today (my favourite things to collect on Pinterest!) but with the same fundamental meaning behind them…

via This isn’t Happiness

The last one made me giggle!

Everyone reading this knows this don’t they? You all understand that the best way to get the clients you really connect with is to showcase yourself and what you, and no one else, can do. Then why, for the love of god, are we all still shooting/designing/editing the same way?

I’m all for trends (well I’m not, but I understand and accept them for what they are) but just as I said to the girls at my last School of Rock workshop, “just because you cut people’s heads off, doesn’t make you Emma Case…” (I’m of course talking about in photographs, not literally – ouch! – I don’t want to start rumours or anything…)

These days I’m getting more and more submissions from suppliers that I feel aren’t really that alternative/vintage/retro/quirky themselves, but they’re trying to produce alternative/vintage/retro/quirky work to attract clients that they perceive will be fun/will get them featured/will push their business forward in some way. And 99% of the time it’s really bloody obvious.

Is this a problem? I kinda think it is. Why don’t these people ignore what everyone else is doing and just focus on being themselves? In their own way they’re just as awesome as us crazy kids.

So I ask you, what have you done to be original lately?

17 comments

  1. YES. YES. + YES.

    hell – that’s what being an artist is, right? if you’re not producing >your< art – you're merely replicating another artist.

    it must be incredibly frustrating to live your creative life in another artists shadow.

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