Photograph above by Cristina Garcia Rodero using the armature of the 1.5 rectangle
One of the most frequently asked questions by artists and photographers is "How do I develop my own artistic style?" While that's not always an easy question to answer, there is one thing I know for sure - style can never emerge without understanding the basics of design.
But first, let's answer the most obvious question - what is style? Simply put, style is an identifier, a signature, a unique form of expression. Style says "this artwork is made by such and such an artist" and it separates that artist from the millions of other artists competing for the same attention.
However, one of the biggest myths that dominate the art world today is that great artists and photographers unique style emerges naturally. This myth is total nonsense. The truth is, an individual's style can never develop without fully grasping the foundational skills required as an artist - most important being design. Otherwise, the artist and photographer are merely imitating other artists and photographers.