Photographers can be very protective of their techniques and creative ideas, while others can be extremely open about how they work. Regardless of the process, the end result is on display for all to see. Does this mean it's possible for others to steal a photographer's style? This thought-provoking video examines exactly that question.
Coming to you from Daniel Norton Photography, this insightful video discusses the issue of style and whether it can be "stolen." It's a thorny issue in the arts, as it's rare that we see cases of blatant plagiarism so much as instances that provoke one to ask just where the line is. I think a lot of the time it comes down to intention. One may incorporate elements of the styles of photographers they admire in an effort to emulate them, and often, this leads to a new style that's an amalgamation of the constituents (I once read a quote by a musician who said he tried to emulate hip-hop on guitar and failed, but "failed in an interesting way"). It seems rare that good-intentioned emulation leads to plagiarism, but rather, it's most often a desire to piggyback off the success of another that creates obvious issues. Check out the video above for Norton's full thoughts and let me know what you think in the comments.