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The Stylish Art Of Photography - David Thorpe

In his latest video, David Thorpe explores the art and style of photography, taking his own images into account.

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David Thorpe is exploring photography as an artform this week. What do you class as style, and what do you class as art? David doesn't have a definitive answer, but he certainly has some views on the topic which could spark an interesting discussion.

David says photography when done for its own sake, rather than for a living can take on different dimensions. Take a look at the video above to find out more. What do you think? Do you agree with David? Comment below.

"I never claimed to be an artist, more of a journeyman photographer and I didn't realise I had any personal style at all in my photography until a friend remarked that he always recognised my pictures" - David Thorpe

David's Key Thoughts:

  • Style is an instinct, not something you learn
  • It's more to do with the mind than cameras
  • Jazz player Miles Davies said "Play like yourself" - be yourself in your photo taking
  • Photograph what is important to you to show your personality
  • Keep photographing what you want to build up your unique style
  • Don't take notice of what other people think - being yourself is the hardest thing.
  • If you like your work that's all that matters
  • Photography doesn't have to be 'art', it can be a record instead
  • Hockney used Polaroids to create small sections of a large scene and re-assembled it in a display - using an established medium to create something different
  • Photography is an art, when it is done by an artist
  • Photographers have more in common with a poet than a painter
  • The camera can't lie, but the photographer can!


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