It has been interesting to step back from the daily chronology of this collective photographic site and view the individual artist galleries. This provides real sense of theme and style and, I would guess, some insight in to the personalities of the artists. It does not show up every time, but most people have an aesthetic or theme (or both) that they gravitate to. For the most part, and especially when the style is attractive or the theme is interesting, some recognizable characteristics to a work is a good thing. I generally enjoy looking at an image and knowing who the author was without seeing the written signature, possibly because I can read more of one image knowing some external context. I have stopped down to consider my own image signature at times. As of late, it would be the high key portrait. Before that it would have been a based in the technical aspects of the lighting. Where will it go next? I am wondering that myself.
Incidentally, I place a high value on my own written signature. I am picky about how it looks. I take care to keep it consistent and write it with concentration. It seems to have found a permanent form in my head, though I suspect a handwriting analyst could spot 100 distinct changes over the last 10 years. I guess the point is that I know what my signature will look like on paper today and tomorrow, but I have no idea where my photographic signature is going. This doesn't worry me, but it does inform me that I have a long way to go before I am communicating clearly.