Harold Bloom asks in The Anxiety of Influence what strong maker desires the realization that he has failed to create himself
Blooms question could be countered, if not answered, by T.S. Eliot direct propositions: Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make into something different
I found these interesting paragraphs from Walker Evans and Robert Frank in an Essay on Influence? By Tod Papageorge
I consider myself strongly influenced by Robert Frank, but now I discover it probably was not only Robert Frank who I admire, but all previous photographers who contributed to the Art of photography.
Update from a post of six years ago, my my how my fine art photography has changed. I now look for images that have a relaxing tranquil feeling to them because life is so stressful and my image reflect my state of mind. I believe that photograph is a meditative state and the mental state can be shared if its powerful enough, so relax and enjoy some of my Fine Art images.