My struggle is more to do with subject matter and composition rather than printing. A "fine print" artifact of a cliched subject will still be a cliched subject after turning the contrast dial to 11.

I often reflect on something attributed to Miles Davis. Someone once asked him why he didn't play more ballads. His response was I don't play ballads because I love playing ballads so much! He was pushing himself not to fall into familiar patterns and stay out of a particular comfort zone - as brilliant and appealing as it may have been to others.