I'd never seen Barth's work, no. I was meta-amused by my own idea that I accomplished something interesting by taking an unsharp picture of a palm plant without even moving off my terrace chair while taking the photo. This laziness begets 'art' idea can be easily falsified by people who make a little more effort and thus better pictures. Or by people with more convoluted stories behind their work as Barth has, I'm sure. Probably, I am in part influenced in 'my work' by the bokeh rage and all that I've read about it. Something I can't achieve often with my Ricoh GRD4 but like to have more of.
This want even made me buy a Yashica Lynx 14e IC, but of course shooting film has its own drawbacks.
On the other hand, I'm more drawn by colour than by shape in photography and other art, I think. One of the reason I liked my fly pic a few pages back. I do like the colours of Barth's work (and of my own palm pic).