Blur and soft contrast is common in my other work, especially during the years prior to my HDR and surrealism projects. I ironed this image onto the messenger bag that I use for my equipment, since biking is one of my hobbies. I always carry a camera with me as I bike around the city, and sometimes even a tripod too.
One artist that inspires me is Lee Friedlander. He is an urban photographer who tends to favor simple close ups with medium soft contrast using the cityscape.