Photography, perhaps by virtue of the medium and its readily accessible nature, is a pursuit often learned by copying the work of others at least to a degree. This great video examines the importance of finding an original creative voice and being brave enough to show it to the world.
Coming to you from Teppo Haapoja, this video is a profile of Photographer Joshua Mikhaeil, an Australia and New Zealand wedding photographer whose images have a certain quality of intimacy to them, and in it, he shares his creative philosophy and why he thinks it's important (particularly for those who are just starting out) to not just copy the work of others, but to find their own voice. As he mentions, while this can be a great way to learn technique and to explore styles to find your own, the downside is that it can create the impression in someone that the only acceptable creative style is one they've already seen before, which can lead to a certain form of inadvertent sef-censorship that prevents one from truly finding their voice. If you're just starting out or just in need of a reminder, it's an inspiring and insightful video that's well worth watching.