Anonymous asked: how do you stay original and unique in your work? i often find myself struggling with my photography because i will come up with a concept and get really excited about it, but then realize that another photographer has a photo very similar to my concept, and i am not sure how to avoid that.
Don’t worry about it. Make it anyway. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made an image and seen a really similar idea almost immediately after. Who cares.
Originality is always debatable and relative to ones knowledge of art history, but uniqueness is simply acting on your most basic desires as an artist. You should never worry about being different than other artists, worry about being yourself as an artist. Besides, everyone steals. Everyone.
"An artist is completely amoral in that he will rob, beg, borrow, or steal from anybody and everybody to get work done." (William Faulkner)