Those of you who read Cole Thompsons blog will know that he avoids looking at other photographers work. This is because he finds that his vision is influenced by the vision of others.
I disagree with the strategy but totally recognise what he is saying, particularly in this instance.
From the time I first saw “Three Crosses” by Brian Kersoff (only google this if you are happy to be influenced forever!!) I have seen countless similar potential compositions. None of them were as good as the original and I have avoided pointing a camera at them.
This one, although still influenced by Kersoffs image, was different enough to draw me to photograph it.