Yikes! I never knew this kind of competitive street photography happens in New York and other fashion forward cities. You see the packs of sports photographers on the sidelines in the Olympics or the Superbowl, but I guess this happens in other photography genres too. Not entirely surprising. Just goes to show how intensely competitive it is in everything we do these days. There are too many people, that are too connected and doing too many similar things. This is not meant to be a criticism. I don’t consider what I do on this blog to be particularly original. How may of my photographs are truly original or different? Is my voice very different from others on the web, probably not.
Of course it’s not only in photography. It’s in other works of art and music. It’s the building we live in and work in. It’s the consumer products that we use. How many things are totally original? How many are vaguely original? I’m sure there are those out there that try to be different, in a good way, not just for the sake of being different. Trying to do things that are authentic. People know that to stand out these days, you got to do something unique. But unique is difficult and therefore standing out is difficult.
Though we are in the midst of Fashion Week in Austin, I don’t think this kind of fashionista photo hunting is going to happen in Austin. At 100+ degrees, the fashion challenge in Austin is to stay cool, not look cool.