We travel far and wide on the internet in search of inspiration. We jot down URL’s, follow people on twitter, and add them on Facebook. With the internet it is very easy to be closer to the artist that you draw inspiration from. Although this is a good thing it also has some draw backs. The major flaw I find is TOO much inspiration can sometimes mean less time actually creating yourself. It is just way to easy to wake up get a cup of coffee and sit at an computer and browse. It doesn’t require that you leave your comfort zone (you are in your boxers with food and maybe ambient noise from the tv in the background) or to actually have interactions with people. But the more and more you do this the more and more you open Lightroom to an empty window.
I believe in being able to follow your favorite photographers, musicians, or etc but if you are looking to grow you must produce. Period. Who cares if you studied Henri Cartier- Bresson photographs. Who cares if you know the back story to Annie Leibowitz’s latest portrait. The only thing that matters is if you are out there making your own work.
Manage you inspiration input and make sure your work output is higher then enjoy the back story to your favorite photograph.