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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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LW1016 - Gimmicks

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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The recent rage in photography is to create some never-before-tried gimmick that makes one's work thoroughly unique. But do gimmicks make our artwork good? Or is it just a ploy to make our work noticeable?

You might be interested in . . .

The publication of Seeing in SIXES 2016 was a huge success. The LensWork Community was clearly invigorated by the concept of six-image projects and blown away by the quality of the book. Due to this excitement, we are now accepting entries for Seeing in SIXES 2017!

Your first entry secures your FREE copy of the 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!

Sample pages from Seeing in SIXES 2016


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1016%20-%20Gimmicks.mp3




LW1015 - Competition for an Audience

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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If we acknowledge that artwork and photography are forms of entertainment, that may help us to share our work with the world.

You might be interested in . . .

The publication of Seeing in SIXES 2016 was a huge success. The LensWork Community was clearly invigorated by the concept of six-image projects and blown away by the quality of the book. Due to this excitement, we are now accepting entries for Seeing in SIXES 2017!

Your first entry secures your FREE copy of the 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!

Sample pages from Seeing in SIXES 2016


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1015%20-%20Competition%20for%20an%20Audience.mp3




LW1014 - Today's Attention Span

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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The pace of life seems to be going faster and faster - at least when compared to previous generations. That would seem to be true for art and entertainment, too.

Sample pages from Seeing in SIXES 2016


You might be interested in . . .

The publication of Seeing in SIXES 2016 was a huge success. The LensWork Community was clearly invigorated by the concept of six-image projects and blown away by the quality of the book. Due to this excitement, we are now accepting entries for Seeing in SIXES 2017!

Your first entry secures your FREE copy of the 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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1014%20-%20Todays%20Attention%20Span.mp3




LW1013 - The Workshop Scene

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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If you are thinking about attending a photographic workshop this year - or if you are not thinking about one - perhaps here are some things to consider in the process.

How to Make a Workshop Work PDF


You might be interested in . . .

The publication of Seeing in SIXES 2016 was a huge success. The LensWork Community was clearly invigorated by the concept of six-image projects and blown away by the quality of the book. Due to this excitement, we are now accepting entries for Seeing in SIXES 2017!

Your first entry secures your FREE copy of the 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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1013%20-%20The%20Workshop%20Scene.mp3




LW1012 - What Can Be Taught

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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One simply cannot teach artistic expression. You can teach the tools that are used by artist's, but artistic expression is essentially not teachable. This is why YouTube is so filled with camera discussions and so few discussions about artmaking. The question is not what do you want to use, but what do you want to say?


You might be interested in . . .

The publication of Seeing in SIXES 2016 was a huge success. The LensWork Community was clearly invigorated by the concept of six-image projects and blown away by the quality of the book. Due to this excitement, we are now accepting entries for Seeing in SIXES 2017!

Your first entry secures your FREE copy of the 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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1012%20-%20What%20Can%20Be%20Taught.mp3




LW1011 - The Decisive Expression

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Have you tried extracting an image for printing from the midst of a video capture? I would have never dreamed of doing so, but I can certainly imagine times I would not hesitate to use this strange technique.


You might be interested in . . .

The publication of Seeing in SIXES 2016 was a huge success. The LensWork Community was clearly invigorated by the concept of six-image projects and blown away by the quality of the book. Due to this excitement, we are now accepting entries for Seeing in SIXES 2017!

Your first entry secures your FREE copy of the 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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1011%20-%20The%20Decisive%20Expression.mp3




LW1010 - Size Matters, But . . .

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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It's not the size of the print that counts, but the size of the impact the image has on the viewer's mind.


You might be interested in . . .

The publication of Seeing in SIXES 2016 was a huge success. The LensWork Community was clearly invigorated by the concept of six-image projects and blown away by the quality of the book. Due to this excitement, we are now accepting entries for Seeing in SIXES 2017!

Your first entry secures your FREE copy of the 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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1010%20-%20Size%20Matters,%20But.mp3




LW1009 - Camera and Curiosity as Passport

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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The camera is one of the greatest excuses to gain entry to places normally restricted. The relevant question is not, "What do you want to photograph?", but rather, "What do you want to learn about?"


You might be interested in . . .

The publication of Seeing in SIXES 2016 was a huge success. The LensWork Community was clearly invigorated by the concept of six-image projects and blown away by the quality of the book. Due to this excitement, we are now accepting entries for Seeing in SIXES 2017!

Your first entry secures your FREE copy of the 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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1009%20-%20Camera%20and%20Curiosity%20as%20Passport.mp3




LW1008 - What Can I Do

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Having just discovered a fun software app called INKredible, I'm now asking one of my basic creativity questions - What can I do with this?


You might be interested in . . .

We are delighted to announce that next week we will be printing Peripheral Vision by Chuck Kimmerle. This 72-page book is our latest publication in the LensWork Monograph series. If you are not already a LensWork Monograph subscriber, there is good news: We've extended the deadline to Friday, March 31st. Subscribe by this date to receive this and the next two Monographs. To look at preview pages or to subscribe visit www.lenswork.com.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1008%20-%20What%20Can%20I%20Do.mp3




LW1007 - Constant Change

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Organic materials are, well, organic. Things change over time. As makers of things, we need to be constantly vigilant to these changes - as this story from the production of LensWork illustrates.


You might be interested in . . .

We are delighted to announce that next week we will be printing Peripheral Vision by Chuck Kimmerle. This 72-page book is our latest publication in the LensWork Monograph series. If you are not already a LensWork Monograph subscriber, there is good news: We've extended the deadline to Friday, March 31st. Subscribe by this date to receive this and the next two Monographs. To look at preview pages or to subscribe visit www.lenswork.com.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1007%20-%20Constant%20Change.mp3




LW1006 - Where to Place the Tripod

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Report on my real-world week without a tripod, using Panasonic's "dual stabilization" and high ISO managed with post-processing noise reduction. Technical, but the implications for my photographing process are profound.


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PDF of the images


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1006%20-%20Where%20to%20Place%20the%20Tripod.mp3




LW1005 - My Inner Interpretarian

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Rarely do the images I create look like the places I've photographed. I've concluded I'm not in the least a documentarian, but rather an interpretarian.


You might be interested in . . .

Last year's Seeing in SIXES entries and book were such a success, we're doing another one this year! We are now accepting entries and looking forward to publishing another book in 2017! This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from us.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2017.

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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1005%20-%20My%20Inner%20Interpretarian.mp3




LW1004 - A Storytelling Shot Strategy

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800

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An overview of the storytelling shot strategy outlined by Doug Ethridge in LensWork #127.


You might be interested in . . .

Last year's Seeing in SIXES entries and book were such a success, we're doing another one this year! We are now accepting entries and looking forward to publishing another book in 2017! This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from us.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2017.

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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1004%20-%20A%20Storytelling%20Shot%20Strategy.mp3




LW1003 - Sharing the Creative Life Across Media

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800

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After spending a week at a pottery conference in North Carolina, I'm convinced more than ever that artists have a lot to share with each other outside our chosen medium. The art life we share is as important as the medium we don't.


You might be interested in . . .

Last year's Seeing in SIXES entries and book were such a success, we're doing another one this year! We are now accepting entries and looking forward to publishing another book in 2017! This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from us.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2017.

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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1003%20-%20Sharing%20the%20Creative%20Life%20Across%20Media.mp3




LW1002 - The Decisive Metaphor

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800

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Ever since Henri Cartier-Bresson introduced "the decisive moment" into the photographic lexicon, we've heard it proclaimed as the photographic strategy. Perhaps it is, but I've found that thinking in terms of "the decisive metaphor" has been an even better criteria for directing my work.


You might be interested in . . .

Last year's Seeing in SIXES entries and book were such a success, we're doing another one this year! We are now accepting entries and looking forward to publishing another book in 2017! This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from us.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2017.

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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1002%20-%20The%20Decisive%20Metaphor.mp3




LW1001 - The Stephen King Method

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800

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In his great book, On Writing, writer Stephen King outlines a working method that works perfectly for photography, too.


You might be interested in . . .

Last year's Seeing in SIXES entries and book were such a success, we're doing another one this year! We are now accepting entries and looking forward to publishing another book in 2017! This book will feature the work of our readers - like you! - printed with the quality you've come to expect from us.

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2017.

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!


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1001%20-%20The%20Stephen%20King%20Method.mp3




LW1000 - Podcast #1000 - The Value of Sticktuitiveness

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800

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Well, look where we are...


You might be interested in . . .

We are delighted to announce our next publication in the LensWork Monograph series, Peripheral Vision by Chuck Kimmerle. To receive this 72-page book and the next two monographs, you will need to subscribe by Tuesday, February 28th. To look at preview pages or to subscribe visit www.lenswork.com.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1000%20-%20Podcast%201000%20-%20The%20Value%20of%20Sticktuitiveness.mp3