Albert Einstein said that “the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”. No photographer should boast that their work is completely unique. Every one of the contemporary masters developed their aesthetics, philosophies, and techniques by finding inspiration from the old masters or other sources. I am the same. My style is not completely unique. There are so many photographers whose works look very similar to mine, or rather mine look similar to theirs! Obviously, I will have images that no one else has because the world is just so big!
Regarding my style and technique:
I am particularly interested in the more abstract forms of photography like impressionism and minimalism. I prefer creating images which depict energy, mood, and silence, which is a theme I am constantly exploring. To illustrate my themes, I mainly use long exposures, selective focus, and focus blur. For ultra-long exposures, I have a set of ND Filters, and for focus blur, I defocus the lens or use the tilt function of my tilt-and-shift lenses.
Lately, I am exploring shooting handheld long exposures with manual focus tilt-and-shift lenses. In some instances, while making an exposure, I deliberately move the camera to create motion blur. The main reason for using blur is that it adds so much depth and mood to the images. The fine surface details are blurred, while the overall forms and shapes remain. It is as if the quality and subtleties of the light are enhanced. The depth it creates, make the images seem transcendental and otherworldly.