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    Contemporary Influences

    That last thread may have drifted away from a component I was hoping to discuss ( my fault ) so I'll spin it here. Contemporary influences. Let's forget this feeling that we perhaps should keep up with changes, do any of you actually feel strongly a pull from any of them? Most new works that attract me are still in a rather classic traditional bent. The last innovators to literally change my way of thinking came from the New Topographics, way back, of Robert Adams, Joe Deal, etc. I have not since been influenced by anyone, and I feel this is not good. Have any new works really set you to thinking differently?

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    http://www.billcharles.com/kander/nadavkander_1.htm

    even more from this prolific photographer

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    I know its not a new way of thinking or a new stule of photography but I'm greatly influenced by Matt Stuart's Photographs. Probably because its something I aspire to do one day (overcome shyness...).

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    Interesting question - one that I've asked myself. I've recently subscribed to Blind Spot magazine to get a better idea of what constitutes "contemporary" photography - I've only received one issue so far, and I'm not sure yet if I actually *like* any of it, but at least it's interesting to challenge oneself with - scratches in chromagenic material, but no actual image, pages of (slightly) different moire patterns, solid colours in different shapes, "drive-by" photos of a burning trailer. Definitely challenges one's perception of what photography is, or can be, and I think that's ultimately a good thing. Will I be doing anything remotely like that? Unlikely at this point, but you never know

    So, while I'm personally not inspired by any single "contemporary" photographer, I do think looking at contemporary images and thinking "outside the box", cliche as it is, is important from time to time.
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    My greatest contemporary influence is undoubtedly Mark Citret.

    His essays are also well worth the time.

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    I'm influenced by fufu:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fufusmile/

    ;-)

    I think there is a new aesthetic forming that I am trying not to be influenced by. (not talking about fufu) There is a slickness that reminds me of the music industry in the 80s going on. I am repulsed by most of it. But with the current quality of new lenses and films being so good I find my own work starting to look more high tech. Higher Tech.

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    Galen Rowell is probably my most contemporary influence. William Neill, Dewitt Jones and Clyde Butcher bear mentioning as well.
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    "So I am turning over a new leaf but the page is stuck". Diane Arbus

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    Certainly Mark Citret - Thanks Shawn and Keith Carter as well,

    Probably greatest influence and those that are always in the back of my mind would be David Plowden and Tillman Crane
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