Please oneself first -- and that can mean keeping one's eyes and ears open to what is going on in the photographic/art world, too. But then I work at a university, taking care of the teaching darkroom...I am surrounded by the stuff. It all seems normal to me, but most of it is just interesting and not something I immeadiately feel I need to incorperate into my own work...for the lack of a better description, I am just another tall bearded West Coast photographer. I am learning and enjoying my experience.
PS...Murray I work mostly in the Redwoods...Ansel, Weston, Bullock have wandered thru in their time and have photographed under these trees. But somehow it is different living here and working under them for so many years. What an opportunity to explore the northern coast of BC you have! Must be wonderful!