I often come across people who want to take the best photo of this thing or that thing. Often it’s to take a photo of something that’s been photographed to death.
Many years ago, I gave up trying to compete with photographers who get paid large sums of money to shoot photos that are used in glossy magazine spreads.
That isn’t my style of photography. My style of photography is to make a photo my own. That is to say to have it reflect the way that I see the world.
It is of course a common method when you first start shooting to imitate photos that you like. It’s really no different than learning to play a favorite song on guitar and wanting to play it “perfectly”.
But at some point it’s time to leave the imitation behind and find your own style. To create that which makes your work unique. If I wasn’t able to create photos in my own style, why would I even want to?