Does originality exist in photography?
Are photos in danger of becoming mere imitations of photos that have gone before them?
Take a trip to a good spot for landscape photography when the weather’s good and count how many people you see with a tripod.
On one such expedition recently, DP counted nearly twenty photographers.
The question is, will they take 20 significantly different photos? Probably not.
Is that a reflection on their abilities as photographers? Not at all. It’s just that, at the end of the day, how many different ways are there to capture a scene? How many different angles that really work can you come up with?
If you look at, say, a few hundred images of a coastal scene, a very high number of them will be almost indistinguishable from each other.
The same applies to portrait photography. The faces may change but the lighting techniques and processing options often don’t.
What we want to know is this: do you think true originality exists in photography any longer? Have you taken an image that you believe is truly original?
Tell us your views on this originality here or at the Digital Photographer forum.