Every photographer who has engaged in the business on a professional level will, in time, produce an image or images that defines a style that is the signature for that person. Be it color, angles, lens choice, etc. each individual will eventually put forth images that are synonymous with the name. Margaret Bourke White’s coverage of the Great Depression, Ansel Adams and his work in Yosemite, Elliot Porter and his elegant exhibit of birds, Ernest Hass’s wonderful color of the Four Corners region and Robb Kendrick’s haunting tin types are but a few that come to mind as examples of great photographers from both past and contemporary.
During the twelve years that I was honored to be on faculty at Texas Tech University my approach to instruction was always consistent with each class and that being to insist that each student develop their own signature work. A semester is such a short period in which to fully achieve this goal but I stressed that it would be a beginning. I can proudly say that a few of these students have continued on and attained that goal, producing work that is garnering each one a level of notoriety that will resonate in the photographic arena.
I recall quite well some 30 years ago when I was visiting with a New York art director and he intimated that he liked my work for the color and angles that I chose to shoot various wildlife species. With that phone conversation I realized that I had established a style that would define my work from that point on. Various small changes occurred over time but the basic approach and ultimate production would be “my way”. What a memorable moment for a budding magazine photographer!
I would like to offer you, the reader, a selection of images that I consider exudes “my way”. Some of these date back some three decades while others have yet to be published, but all have been or probably will be recognized by editors and my readership as, “that has to be Wyman’s work”. Enjoy and best of luck in your own work to this end!!