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LensWork - Photography and the Creative Process



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, e



Published: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0700

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LW0971 - China #5 - Without Knowing

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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A podcast series from China, 2016.


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0971%20-%20China%205%20-%20Without%20Knowing.mp3













LW0967 - China #1 - Departing Seattle

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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A podcast series from China, 2016.


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0967%20-%20China%201%20-%20Departing%20Seattle.mp3




LW0966 - Bent, Folded, and Mutilated

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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I was recently asked if I regretted that my folios - because of frequent handling - might show wear and tear that could be prevented if they were framed behind glass and protected. Not in the least, not for a moment.

You might be interested in . . .

LensWork is so pleased to announce that our community book project, Seeing in SIXES, received an overwhelming and diverse selection of excellent work. This 312-page book - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing - is now available for pre-order! Visit www.lenswork.com for details.

Photographers who entered work will automatically receive a free book.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0966%20-%20Bent,%20Folded,%20and%20Mutilated.mp3




LW0965 - All the Grace of Infancy

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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"To muse, to dream, to conceive of fine works, is a delightful occupation. The work then floats in all the grace of infancy, in the mad joy of conception, with the fragrant beauty of a flower, and the aromatic juice of a fruit enjoyed in anticipation."

From Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0965%20-%20All%20the%20Grace%20of%20Infancy.mp3




LW0964 - My Camera Philosophy

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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Cameras are such a critical part of what we do, it makes sense to think through what we really need in that most critical tool. I wasn't aware that I had a camera philosophy until a friend pointed it out to me. I guess I do, so here you are.


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0964%20-%20My%20Camera%20Philosophy.mp3




LW0963 - Go Back Again and Again

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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The lure of the new and the exotic location is a strong siren call, but there is something to be said for going back to the same places again and again so we can experience and photograph there in different light, different times of day, weather, seasons, and perhaps most importantly, different moods.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0963%20-%20Go%20Back%20Again%20and%20Again.mp3




LW0962 - Mannequins and Abandoned Places

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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I'm beginning to wonder if photographers, as a group, are an incredibly shy - or even insecure - bunch of folks.


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0962%20-%20Mannequins%20and%20Abandoned%20Places.mp3




LW0961 - Real World Quality

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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Camera specs and lens tests are fun, but what is their real-world relationship to the quality of the work you produce? If it isn't obvious, is it at least plausible that the most direct relationship to the quality of your work is the aesthetic decisions you make during photographing and, in particular, during post-processing?


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0961%20-%20Real%20World%20Quality.mp3




LW0960 - It Ain't the Camera

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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Certainly one of the most cliché of all photographic maxims is that old chestnut that cameras don't make photographs, photographers do. I don't need to add to the mountains of evidence that proves the wisdom, but I'm going to anyway because there is such a wealth of information I'm seeing as I review the entries to Seeing in SIXES in our massive Lightroom database we're using in the review process.


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0960%20-%20It%20Aint%20the%20Camera.mp3




LW0959 - Fallow Fields

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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My last podcast was on June 8th and my last installment of Kokoro was on Feb 28th. Sometimes daily life just takes priority over our art life. It's tempting to feel stress, or anxiety, or perhaps even guilt about this. But now that I've been practicing an art life for over 45 years, I've come to accept this as part of the normal process. The key is to have a few tools that help get us going again so the fear of permanent stagnation doesn't overpower us.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0959%20-%20Fallow%20Fields.mp3




LW0958 - Odd Combinations and Creativity

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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One of the best books I know of in the study of the creative process is Roger von Oech's classic A Whack on the Side of the Head. In fact, one of his ideas directly led to our Seeing in SIXES project.

You might be interested in . . .

LensWork's new book publication project, Seeing in SIXES, is now just one week from the deadline. This book will feature the work of our readers and podcast listeners - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing. Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication.

Visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now!

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0958%20-%20Odd%20Combinations%20and%20Creativity.mp3




LW0957 - A Lending Library for Art

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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Sometimes I have an idea that troubles me because I can't decide if it's a good one or a stupid one. This idea is one of those: What if there was a Lending Library for folios and handmade artists books where one could essentially borrow artwork for a month or so, and have the time to really look at it in depth? Hmmm. . .

You might be interested in . . .

LensWork Publishing is asking, "Can you tell a story in six photographs?"

LensWork's new book publication project, Seeing in SIXES, is now 60 days from the deadline.

This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing. Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication.

Visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now!

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0957%20-%20A%20Lending%20Library%20for%20Art.mp3




LW0956 - Travel Preparations

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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I love this time of year when we dig out maps and start thinking about our upcoming travels and photography. Here are a few thoughts about those preparations as well as some comments about my upcoming 350-mile photographic trip on my electric bike.

You might be interested in . . .

We're so excited to announce that LensWork is launching a new book publication project unlike any we've ever seen. This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.

Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication.

Visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now!

This promises to be an important and substantial survey of photography from the LensWork community, subscribers as well as non-subscribers.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0956%20-%20Travel%20Preparations.mp3




LW0955 - Secondary Markets

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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We assume that the value of artwork appreciates. Why?

You might be interested in . . .

We're so excited to announce that LensWork is launching a new book publication project unlike any we've ever seen. This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.

Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication.

Visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now!

This promises to be an important and substantial survey of photography from the LensWork community, subscribers as well as non-subscribers.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0955%20-%20Secondary%20Markets.mp3




LW0954 - Losing the Enduring Thing

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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Photography as pop culture needs to feed the machine, but photography as art is an enduring thing. I do have some fear, however, that we are losing the enduring properties of photography, not because of fragile technology, but rather because our thinking about photography is changing.

You might be interested in . . .

We're so excited to announce that LensWork is launching a new book publication project unlike any we've ever seen. This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.

Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication.

Visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now!

This promises to be an important and substantial survey of photography from the LensWork community, subscribers as well as non-subscribers.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0954%20-%20Losing%20the%20Enduring%20Thing.mp3




LW0953 - Photography as Secondary Activity

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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A podcast from the Schulman Grove up at 10,000 feet in the bristlecone pines near Bishop, California.

You might be interested in . . .

We're so excited to announce that LensWork is launching a new book publication project unlike any we've ever seen. This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.

Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication.

Visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now!

This promises to be an important and substantial survey of photography from the LensWork community, subscribers as well as non-subscribers.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0953%20-%20Photography%20as%20Secondary%20Activity.mp3




LW0952 - The Value of Failure

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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I studied Chinese calligraphy in my youth and quickly determined that it was an art form I would never be accomplished at. In short, I failed. But it did give me an appreciation of those brushstrokes which directly led to one of my most popular photographic abstracts.

You might be interested in . . .

We're so excited to announce that LensWork is launching a new book publication project unlike any we've ever seen. This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.

Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication.

Visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now!

This promises to be an important and substantial survey of photography from the LensWork community, subscribers as well as non-subscribers.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0952%20-%20The%20Value%20of%20Failure.mp3




LW0951 - The Cost of Framing

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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We all know how expensive it is to frame our photographs - far more expensive than it is to make them! I can't help but think that such a reality is a drag on the production and distribution of photography that is counterproductive to our creative process. I wish I had more alternatives to framing, but at least folios, chapbooks, and digital publications help.

You might be interested in . . .

We're so excited to announce that LensWork is launching a new book publication project unlike any we've ever seen. This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.

Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication.

Visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now!

This promises to be an important and substantial survey of photography from the LensWork community, subscribers as well as non-subscribers.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0951%20-%20The%20Cost%20of%20Framing.mp3




LW0950 - Our Aging Eyes

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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We are all getting older - and so are our eyes. Rather than pretend it isn't effecting our ability to photograph and print, perhaps it would be better for us to think about this now, before our work is compromised.

You might be interested in . . .

We're so excited to announce that LensWork is launching a new book publication project unlike any we've ever seen. This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2016.

Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication.

Visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now!

This promises to be an important and substantial survey of photography from the LensWork community, subscribers as well as non-subscribers.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0950%20-%20Our%20Aging%20Eyes.mp3