While technical education and quality equipment become more accessible every year, one thing remains the domain of each individual photographer: vision. As proof, see how three different photographers interpret the same brief.
Irene Rudnyk, Anita Sadowska, and Julia Trotti joined forces to create a YouTube video showing how each interpreted a simple brief — wilderness — to create a series of photographs. Each photographer shares behind-the-scenes videos while describing their thoughts and processes for interpreting and carrying out the concept.
The most interesting aspect of watching each photographer work is seeing how differently they internalized the idea of "wilderness." While each used the outdoors to set the scene for a natural light portrait, you see conceptual, fashion, and traditional lifestyle portraits. Each photographer also used light in an individual way, from soft, subdued light to hard, direct sunlight and glowing late afternoon light complete with sun flare.
What I think is most valuable about this video is the reminder that it's not the gear, the light source, or even the concept that makes a photographer's work stand out, it's the mind behind the lens and how each photographer brings their own skill, experience, preferences, tastes, and vision to bear on a shoot.
Cover image shared with permission of Irene Rudnyk, Anita Sadowska, and Julia Trotti.