Another topic on my mind this week has been the interaction between individual innovation and external inspiration from the work of others (such as the photos I share in these favorites posts). One of the reasons I enjoy perusing beautiful food photos is that different photographers can approach the same subject from drastically different angles. In the best circumstances, seeing such varied takes on the same subject helps me break out of a creative box I may not even realize I'm in. That's the best and desired outcome. Yet there's also the possibility that focusing too much on the work of others will simply impose new blinders that anchor your creativity to the ideas of another artist. I know I'm not the only one to feel this way. For example, I once read an article from a cake artist who avoided looking at other cake art so that she could ensure that her designs would be part of a unique, personal style. What do you guys think? Not just for food or photography but for any form of art, do you feel it's more helpful or harmful to look at other people's work while also developing your own?
P.S. - Just want to make sure everyone knows that the photos I feature still link back to the source/creator if you click on the image. One of the main reasons I make these favorites posts is to direct more traffic to deserving artists, so I'd hate for people not to realize the links are there. Enjoy!
Herbed Chicken Sandwich Photograph by Jeff Kauck
Assorted Ingredients on Bread Board Photograph by Jeroen van der Spek
Roasted Spiced Pumpkin Salad with Tahini Dressing from The Food Dept.
Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps from Sips and Spoonfuls
Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Cake by Sweet Cakes Bakery via Glamour and Grace
Salty Caramel Ice Cream with Popcorn from Have a Yummy Day
Scottish Tartan Wedding Cake by Truffle Cake and Pastry via WedLuxe
Swedish Cinnamon Roll (animated GIF) from Have a Yummy Day
Gold and Blue Seaside Wedding Cake by Kiss My Cakes
Crostini with Green Beans and Mint from Foodienarium
Herbed Bread Buns Photograph from Donna Hay