How One Embracing Simplicity Transformed a Photographer's Career

In an era where technology continuously redefines the boundaries of creativity, photographers constantly seek ways to carve out their distinct style. A pivotal choice in the equipment a photographer uses can drastically influence their approach, compositional techniques, and ultimately, the uniqueness of their visual storytelling.

Coming to you from Justin Mott, this enlightening video shares a significant turning point in Mott's career as a freelance photojournalist. The decision to switch from zoom lenses to a fixed 35mm lens might seem simplistic at first glance, yet Mott convincingly outlines how this choice not only honed his compositional skills but also imbued his work with a distinct style and intimacy. This commitment to a single focal length compelled Mott to engage more dynamically with his surroundings, leading to a more immersive and fluid photographic process. For photographers looking to refine their visual language, Mott's journey underscores the importance of experimentation and the potential impact of seemingly minor equipment choices on their artistic development.

Moreover, Mott's narrative is peppered with insights into how limitations can breed creativity. By focusing on a fixed 35mm lens, he learned to "crop with his feet," enhancing his ability to capture vibrant street scenes and intimate portraits with a new level of creativity and precision. This approach, Mott suggests, is not just about the gear but about pushing boundaries and discovering one's unique visual language through disciplined practice and experimentation. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Mott.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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