The intention here is not to discourage you, but to invite you into pursuing photography with your own voice. And also to help you not to feel guilty if you ever find that one of your beloved images was created almost the same way fifty or more years ago.
Not everyone can become a great artist;
but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*.
Anton Ego (Character) – Ratatouille – 2007
Style = Σ (All your Influences)
One of the most intriguing thoughts inside the photographers' mind is the desire to achieve a definable (or at least identifiable) style. We all consume diverse content that is not just photography-related. Everything we visually consume (from literature to movies) eventually adds to our inner store of visual experiences. Therefore, you should not feel guilty about being influenced by photographer x or y.