I recently stumbled across the work of a contemporary photographer whose images I find have something different to say.
He reminds me of Nan Goldin in his ability to capture the fleeting or mundane of everyday life, then turn it into something poetic and unashamedly real. Where this photographer differs is that unlike Goldin's work, he manages not to report from reality, but to create his own. The results often have a grotesque and uncomfortable twist on a 'warts and all' point of view.
I would presume that he doesn’t really plan anything, instead he dives in camera first and only resurfaces to survey his catch. Standing alone, many of the images are weak and smack of the type of mindset Lomography instils in it's practitioners. Whereas, once these images are collected a peculiar narrative starts to form and a message is spelt out - albeit a compelling, absurdist's message. His work seems to vibrate with a uneasy energy in the same way Daido Moriyama's do.
Charalampos Kydonakis is his name. He is photographer who creates visceral images with the use of distinct lighting and something else, which is difficult to pin down, but which give his images a certain edge. I enjoy what they say and the experience is a reminder that my own are lacking in perhaps not so much substance, but in such a distinctive style.
I recommend you search him out, his website is under the name of Dirty Harry - ask Mr Google, he'll show you where to find him.