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LensWork - Photography and the Creative Process

LensWork - Photography and the Creative Process

United States

Random Observations on Art, Photography, and the Creative Process. These short 2-4 minute talks focus on the creative process in fine art photography. LensWork editor Brooks Jensen side-steps techno-talk and artspeak to offer a stimulating mix of ideas, experience, and observations from his 40 years as a fine art photographer, writer, and publisher. Topics include a wide range of subjects from finding subject matter to presenting your work and building an audience.

Brooks Jensen is the publisher of LensWork, one of the world's most respected and award-winning photography publications, known for its museum-book quality printing and luxurious design. LensWork has subscribers in over 73 countries. His latest books are "The Creative Life in Photography" (2013) and "Looking at Images" (2014).

Episodes

LW0940 - Remote locations  


The allure of remote locations is a seductive call, especially for landscape photographers. I often hear them talk about the remote - possibly secret - location with breathless reverence. But is the magic in a photograph contained in the location, or the creative eye of the photographer?

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Tis the season for photography and the creative process! Announcing LensWork's huge holiday sale, now through December 31st! Save on new LensWork print subscriptions, Monograph subscriptions, and memberships to LensWork Online. You'll also find deals on the LensWork Extended Tablet Edition, books, and Brooks Jensen's audio book, Letting Go of the Camera. Go to www.lenswork.com now to find great gift ideas for the passionate photographers in your life.

LW0939 - Brett Weston's Hawaii  


Academia supposedly often advises, "Publish or perish." Perhaps that's true of photography, too.

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Did you know that all 900+ podcasts on photography and the creative process are available for free listening and/or download for members of LensWork Online? Plus, you'll find the entire content of all of our video workshops, eBooks, Creative Labs, over 300 interviews with photographers, and so much more. Visit www.lensworkonline.com to learn more about this incredible online resource with content, content, and more content!

LW0938 - Yosemite 2 - Image or Project  


What is Yosemite? Geology? Pristine nature? Tourists and crowding? A fantasy of pristine nature and geology? What do you choose to show with your camera — what is, or an idealized what is? And are you hoping for a singular "greatest hit," or a body of work that presents your ideas about the place?

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Brooks Jensen's book, The Creative Life in Photography, offers readers the opportunity to engage in a selection of timeless and thought-provoking articles previously published in LensWork, but many now long out-of-print. The 203 pages of text are organized in three important sections: Being an Artist, The Creative Muse, and Productivity. This book goes beyond useful; it is truly a "must read" for photographers who are committed to their craft. These essays on photography, the creative process, and personal expression are available in print or as an ebook from www.lenswork.com.

LW0937 - Yosemite 1 - Low-hanging Fruit  


In 23 years of publishing LensWork, we've not received a single portfolio submission of Yosemite. I attribute this to the long shadow of Ansel Adams. Are his great images ones that have taught us to see Yosemite in an overpowering way, or were they simply the "easy ones" because they are so obvious? Perhaps the challenges for us today are a bit harder than previous generations because all the low-hanging fruit has already been picked.

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Brooks Jensen's book, The Creative Life in Photography, offers readers the opportunity to engage in a selection of timeless and thought-provoking articles previously published in LensWork, but many now long out-of-print. The 203 pages of text are organized in three important sections: Being an Artist, The Creative Muse, and Productivity. This book goes beyond useful; it is truly a "must read" for photographers who are committed to their craft. These essays on photography, the creative process, and personal expression are available in print or as an ebook from www.lenswork.com.

LW0936 - Seduction and Solutions  


Choosing to embrace a piece of gear, a technology, a workflow is primarily about searching for a way to overcome our own limitation. But that, implies that we are aware and honest about what our limitations are.

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We are delighted to announce that this month we will be printing Building Blocks by Barbara Bender. This 72-page book is our latest publication in the LensWork Monograph series. To look at preview pages or to subscribe visit www.lenswork.com.

LW0935 - A Facebook Observation  



I'm late to the party, but I've recently started paying attention to my Facebook timeline. I find lots and lots of photographic artwork there, but I'm not comfortable with how I look at work I find there.

LW0934 - What Big Band Music Has Taught Me About Photography, Part 3  



Wrapping up the short series on lessons for photographers derived from Big Band music, we'll take a look at the uncompromising creative dedication of Artie Shaw.

LW0933 - What Big Band Music Has Taught Me About Photography, Part 2  



In this second podcast of photographic and creative lessons learned from Big Band music, we'll focus on the concept of musical arrangement and how that leads to some interesting ideas in photography.

LW0932 - What Big Band Music Has Taught Me About Photography, Part 1  



I'm a huge fan of Big Band music - particularly the Swing Era music of the 1930s and 1940s. Interestingly enough, I've learned a few things from the Big Band Era that have helped me in my photography. First, the value of revisiting the creative work of others and trying our own version of a cliché.

LW0931 - ARAT  



It has become fashionable to deride photographs that are just "another rock, another tree" - so-called ARAT photography. How can the miracle of life (trees) or the very earth that supports us (rocks) be boring? Is it reasonable to think that all possible photographs of interest have already been made of these supposed clichés?

LW0930 - Taking, Making, or Receiving  





Every time I go out photographing I learned something new. This is one of the marvelous things about photography - how one can be intimately involved with it for 40 years, as I have, and photography never gets old because it always has something to teach us either about life, about ourselves, or about photography itself.

LW0929 - Just For Me  


There are photographs I make for projects, and then there are some that I make just for myself - intending no greater audience than my own eyes. In discussing this concept with a friend, he asked why I made the distinction?

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This fall, we are offering two immersive experience workshops here in Anacortes, just a couple hours north of Seattle. Brooks will once again teach a hands-on folios and chapbooks workshop scheduled for three full days in mid-October.

The following weekend will be a series of 4 half-day seminars modelled after our Road Shows of the last two years. If you missed the Road Show, you can still attend Brooks' seminars on Projects . . . Image & Text . . . Finding an Audience for Your Work . . . and a new offering Printing & Publishing. You can attend any or all of these half-day seminars, but there is a 30% discount for those attending all four!

In addition to the workshops, Brooks will be out photographing the day before and after each workshop for those who want to photograph our beautiful islands. And of course, we'll have lots and lots of work to view from our collections: including photogravures, special editions prints, folios, and original prints.

You can learn more about our fall workshops at www.lenswork.com.

LW0928 - Fussy New Stuff  


One of my least favorite things about photography is going into the field with new and unfamiliar equipment. It distracts me from the process of seeing and pulls my attention away from the creative process. The problem is that using new equipment is the only way of truly evaluating its potential advantages and disadvantages.

You might be interested in . . .

This fall, we are offering two immersive experience workshops here in Anacortes, just a couple hours north of Seattle. Brooks will once again teach a hands-on folios and chapbooks workshop scheduled for three full days in mid-October.

The following weekend will be a series of 4 half-day seminars modelled after our Road Shows of the last two years. If you missed the Road Show, you can still attend Brooks' seminars on Projects . . . Image & Text . . . Finding an Audience for Your Work . . . and a new offering Printing & Publishing. You can attend any or all of these half-day seminars, but there is a 30% discount for those attending all four!

In addition to the workshops, Brooks will be out photographing the day before and after each workshop for those who want to photograph our beautiful islands. And of course, we'll have lots and lots of work to view from our collections: including photogravures, special editions prints, folios, and original prints.

You can learn more about our fall workshops at www.lenswork.com.

LW0927 - Done  



I'd wager that every one of us has at least one - if not a dozen - projects that are in various states of progress. When do we know that it's done? I've come to the philosophy in my own work that the only time any of my projects will be truly done is when they're throwing dirt in on top of me.

You might be interested in . . .

This fall, we are offering two immersive experience workshops here in Anacortes, just a couple hours north of Seattle. Brooks will once again teach a hands-on folios and chapbooks workshop scheduled for three full days in mid-October.

The following weekend will be a series of 4 half-day seminars modelled after our Road Shows of the last two years. If you missed the Road Show, you can still attend Brooks' seminars on Projects . . . Image & Text . . . Finding an Audience for Your Work . . . and a new offering Printing & Publishing. You can attend any or all of these half-day seminars, but there is a 30% discount for those attending all four!

In addition to the workshops, Brooks will be out photographing the day before and after each workshop for those who want to photograph our beautiful islands. And of course, we'll have lots and lots of work to view from our collections: including photogravures, special editions prints, folios, and original prints.

You can learn more about our fall workshops at www.lenswork.com.

LW0926 - High Frequency Images  



I've recently starting thinking about high frequency images and the different categories of subjects this entails. In the past, I've tended to conflate all high frequency images into a single group, but I'm beginning to see that this was a strategic mistake. No answers yet, but I think the questions are going to be useful.

LW0925 - Your Next Deadline  



One of the things that I've learned as a publisher is that nothing is quite as useful as commitment to a deadline. So, I have two questions for all of you: When is your next deadline? And the second question: How do you use this "deadline strategy" to maintain momentum and productivity in your art life?

LW0924 - The Question of Why  


We all know the maxim that there is no better way to learn something than to teach it. I guess my variation is photography (careful observation) and publication (expression) are the twin aspects of learning about life.

You might be interested in . . .

This fall, we are offering two immersive experience workshops here in Anacortes, just a couple hours north of Seattle. Brooks will once again teach a hands-on folios and chapbooks workshop scheduled for three full days in mid-October.

The following weekend will be a series of 4 half-day seminars modelled after our Road Shows of the last two years. If you missed the Road Show, you can still attend Brooks' seminars on Projects . . . Image & Text . . . Finding an Audience for Your Work . . . and a new offering Printing & Publishing. You can attend any or all of these half-day seminars, but there is a 30% discount for those attending all four!

In addition to the workshops, Brooks will be out photographing the day before and after each workshop for those who want to photograph our beautiful islands. And of course, we'll have lots and lots of work to view from our collections: including photogravures, special editions prints, folios, and original prints.

You can learn more about our fall workshops at www.lenswork.com.

LW0923 - The Strongest Way  


Edward Weston famously advised us that, "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." Well, perhaps, but there might be a bit more to this than meets the eye.


You might be interested in . . .

This fall, we are offering two immersive experience workshops here in Anacortes, just a couple hours north of Seattle. Brooks will once again teach a hands-on folios and chapbooks workshop scheduled for three full days in mid-October.

The following weekend will be a series of 4 half-day seminars modelled after our Road Shows of the last two years. If you missed the Road Show, you can still attend Brooks' seminars on Projects . . . Image & Text . . . Finding an Audience for Your Work . . . and a new offering Printing & Publishing. You can attend any or all of these half-day seminars, but there is a 30% discount for those attending all four!

In addition to the workshops, Brooks will be out photographing the day before and after each workshop for those who want to photograph our beautiful islands. And of course, we'll have lots and lots of work to view from our collections: including photogravures, special editions prints, folios, and original prints.

You can learn more about our fall workshops at www.lenswork.com.

LW0922 - Working with Color  


As an old black and white guy just starting to dip a metaphorical tripod toe into the world of color photography, I'm finding it an interesting new learning curve. Here are a few things I've discovered about working with color - with apologies to all you long-time color pros who will probably laugh at what this novice is discovering for the first time.

You might be interested in . . .

This fall, we are offering two immersive experience workshops here in Anacortes, just a couple hours north of Seattle. Brooks will once again teach a hands-on folios and chapbooks workshop scheduled for three full days in mid-October.

The following weekend will be a series of 4 half-day seminars modelled after our Road Shows of the last two years. If you missed the Road Show, you can still attend Brooks' seminars on Projects . . . Image & Text . . . Finding an Audience for Your Work . . . and a new offering Printing & Publishing. You can attend any or all of these half-day seminars, but there is a 30% discount for those attending all four!

In addition to the workshops, Brooks will be out photographing the day before and after each workshop for those who want to photograph our beautiful islands. And of course, we'll have lots and lots of work to view from our collections: including photogravures, special editions prints, folios, and original prints.

You can learn more about our fall workshops at www.lenswork.com.

LW0921 - So long, Scheimpflug  


It's amazing how many techniques there are that I now use on a regular basis that I often take for granted, but really shouldn't. What an amazing time to be a photographer!

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