The creative process is wonderful and mysterious, and is something an artist can’t spend a lot of time thinking about. You experience artwork that creates an impact on you, you soak it in, and it starts slowly seeping out of you through your work. It is only after a tremendous amount of work has been created before I am able to see the threads of what my influences were.
Tenebrism is a style of painting that I gravitated to and tried to integrate into my photography. I always had an affinity for painters like Caravaggio and Rembrandt, and I believe some or their paintings had a great influence on me.
I would look for situations where the light was low and directional, and frame the subject with shadows. Here are some images from my book, “Children of the Landscape” that illustrate this style.