Originality in Photography: How to Stay True to Yourself

“The book must be absolutely original, absolutely perfect. That is why, among other things, it is impossible for him to get started on it. As soon as he gets an idea he begins to question it. He remembers that Dostoyevsky used it, or Hamsun, or somebody else. ‘I’m not saying that I want to be better than them, but I want to be different,’ he explains. And so, instead of tackling his book, he reads one author after another in order to make absolutely certain that he is not going to tread on their private property. And the more he reads the more disdainful he becomes. None of them is satisfying; none of them arrives at that degree of perfection which he has imposed on himself.”

Henry Miller – Tropic of Cancer

Whether we are aware of it or not, a