It's one of those things where you pick up these visual language elements without even realizing that you're doing it, just through sub-conscious exposure to them.
I've noticed that my subconscious is mischievous, and sometimes one step ahead of my tastes. Say there's some photographers work I'm in two minds about - it has a way of filtering through into my image making before I've decided I even like it!
'Cows are very fond of being photographed, and, unlike architecture, don't move.' - Oscar Wilde