Aside from Edward Weston, one of my earliest photographic influences was the window and door work of Paul Strand. He would have been elated to work in the preserved Fayette community, as the number of interesting doors and windows exceeds the number of film holders one can carry. Here it is not a matter of not having enough to shoot, but rather, what to choose to make images of.
In terms of early influences, I remember distinctly a moment in 1970, as a Freshman at Western Michigan University, that impacted my desire to work in black and white photography. I had a Western Civilization class in Sangren Hall and arriving a bit early, sat down to wait on a bench in front of the school of education library that was at the west end of the hall at the time. There were display areas for the school of art just outside the library, and on that day, art students had a display of black and white photographs they had made (mounted and matted). I was quite taken aback emotionally and would return weekly as long as the exhibit was hung. To this day, that feeling has never left and drives me to get up before dawn, work in sub zero temperatures, drive great distances, hike and snowshoe, etc,,,,,in search of images that please me.