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Watching films like The Cremator and Tetsuo: The Iron Man changed my perspective as a creative.

For example, The Cremator uses plenty of wide camera angles and to me, it felt as if the world was encapsulated in a crystal ball.

The Cremator (1969)

The Cremator (1969)

In Tetsuo: The Iron Man I found that seeing layers can enhance the details around us. The film exemplifies the use of layers with all the metallic parts in the film. I read once that the human eye sees more than what the mind can compute. I have found that sometimes I take a photograph and after a long time of looking at it, I find things that I didn't "see" before.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

With that in mind,

This image I made feels a bit like that to me even though I used a 35mm lens and it isn't as extreme. I still find that the faces on the side trap the subject. In the second image, my main focus was using the telephone booth as a layer and waiting for someone to walk by. Later on, I saw the faces in the background.

ZEISS Loxia 2/35 | Sony A7RIII

ZEISS Loxia 2/50 | Sony A7RIII

Looking at these images now, I feel that being subconsciously inspired by these films creatively has added a psychological effect to the images and made me think about the following. Do we imagine external influences or are they intertwined in our day to day? Do we allow ourselves to be inspired by what we see?

What is clear is that allowing ourselves to be inspired by what we see can lead to new and exciting creative possibilities. It's important to keep an open mind and be receptive to inspiration, wherever it may come from.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Please share your opinion about external influences in the creative process

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