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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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LW1058 - Advice from Maugham, Part 3

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

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Some reflections on the art life that we can adapt to photography, drawn from W. Sommerset Maugham's 1938 retrospective titled The Summing Up.

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Announcing LensWork's huge holiday sale, now through December 31st! Save on LensWork Online memberships, our new book Seeing in SIXES 2017 (as well as many other book offers) and LensWork Monograph back issues. Go to www.lenswork.com now to take advantage of these reduced prices.


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LW1057 - Advice from Maugham, Part 2

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

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Some reflections on the art life that we can adapt to photography, drawn from W. Sommerset Maugham's 1938 retrospective titled The Summing Up.


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LW1056 - Advice from Maugham, Part 1

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

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Some reflections on the art life that we can adapt to photography, drawn from W. Sommerset Maugham's 1938 retrospective titled The Summing Up.


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1056%20-%20Advice%20from%20Maugham%20Part%201.mp3




LW1055 - Not Spray and Pray

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

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I believe I'm doing the best photography of my life - and I think I know why. I'm doing the most photography of my life.


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LW1054 - Neill and Witherill in LensWork #133

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Just a quick heads up about a unique bit of content that is included in LensWork #133 and two examples of the range and flexibility of the medium of photography.

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We are delighted to announce our next publication in the LensWork Monograph series, Indians at Work: Cultural Portraits by Louis Montrose. To receive this 72-page book and the next two monographs, you will need to subscribe by Tuesday, October 31st. To look at preview pages or to subscribe visit www.lenswork.com


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LW1053 - Making Art in the Ever-present Now

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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To paraphrase one of my favorite quotes from The Princess Bride, "Life is change. Anyone who says differently is selling something."

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We are delighted to announce our next publication in the LensWork Monograph series, Indians at Work: Cultural Portraits by Louis Montrose. To receive this 72-page book and the next two monographs, you will need to subscribe by Tuesday, October 31st. To look at preview pages or to subscribe visit www.lenswork.com


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LW1052 - New Strategies for Different Images

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Preparing for my return to Lishui, China, I'm reviewing my photographs from my last trip there in 2009. Lots of those images failed for one reason or another - reasons I'm analyzing so I can correct the unsuccessful strategies to better ones this trip.

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We are delighted to announce our next publication in the LensWork Monograph series, Indians at Work: Cultural Portraits by Louis Montrose. To receive this 72-page book and the next two monographs, you will need to subscribe by Tuesday, October 31st. To look at preview pages or to subscribe visit www.lenswork.com


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1052%20-%20New%20Strategies%20for%20Different%20Images.mp3




LW1051 - Go Back, or Not

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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I've been invited back to Lishui, China for the big photo festival there. As I did in 2009, I'm planning some extra days for photography. Do I go back to the same areas I photographed then and take advantage of my experience there? Or do I go to all new places to extend my exploration of the area?

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Seeing in SIXES 2017 is now shipping! This LensWork community book project has been printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing and promises to be an important and substantial survey of photography from the LensWork community. To see this year's selected photographers and order the 312-page book visit www.lenswork.com


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LW1050 - Seven Valuable Skills

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Sure, we need to master f/stops and shutter speeds, but beyond that are a few non-photographic skills that will make our creative life much easier and further our success as fine art photographers.

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book visit www.lenswork.com


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LW1049 - We See Differently

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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As photographers, we've spent considerable effort to train our eyes to see subtleties in a photograph. But what if our audience has no such training? How will they see our work?

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book visit www.lenswork.com


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1049%20-%20We%20See%20Differently.mp3




LW1048 - A Bag of Tricks

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Presentation styles have become so prevalent in today's photography. One-click style filters and presets are everywhere. But a preset style doesn't make a meaningful photograph out of an vapid one.

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book visit www.lenswork.com


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LW1047 - Compose and Then Wait for Something to Happen

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Sam Abell gave a great talk at the B&H Optic 2017 event in which he proposed a strategy of compose the shot, then wait for something to happen. I'd never used such a technique, but decided to give it a try.

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book visit www.lenswork.com


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1047%20-%20Compose%20and%20Then%20Wait%20for%20Something%20to%20Happen.mp3




LW1046 - Enormously Large Prints

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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What do we do with enormously large prints? As an advocate of smaller prints, I've never had to answer this question, but I made a few gigantic composites during the last couple of weeks while I was on vacation and now I'm nonplussed about what to do with them.

A 256 megapixel, 10-foot image from the marina at Port Townsend (image)

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book visit www.lenswork.com


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1046%20-%20Enormously%20Large%20Prints.mp3




LW1045 - Travel Companions

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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A few observations learned in over 30 years of photographing with my friend Joe Lipka.

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book visit www.lenswork.com


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LW1044 - Again, Chesterton

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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A little exercise in seeing and memory that you might find very interesting and useful in the process of seeing.

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book at the special rate visit www.lenswork.com


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1044%20-%20Again,%20Chesterton.mp3




LW1043 - The Problem with I

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Build motivation in a viewer by writing an introduction or prolegomena for your project that lures them to see more.

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book at the special rate visit www.lenswork.com


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LW1042 - Give It Time

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Based on some great workshop advice I received decades ago, I've built into my creative process time for new work to simmer and improve with age. It does so not because it changes, but rather because I begin to see subtleties that I simply cannot see at first glance.

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book at the special rate visit www.lenswork.com


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LW1041 - A New Camera, or . . .

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Which would you rather have, a new camera or extra time out photographing? Which would you rather have, a new camera or a new exhibition opportunity? Which would you rather have, a new camera or a new audience? Which would you rather have, a new lens or a new insight?

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book at the special rate visit www.lenswork.com


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1041%20-%20A%20New%20Camera,%20or.mp3




LW1040 - Inspiration Comes from Everywhere

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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A passage about being a writer, written in 1938 by James T. Farrell, author of Studs Lonigan, that speaks directly to us photographers here in the new millennium.

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We wish to thank ALL of the photographers who entered their projects in our 2nd Annual Seeing in SIXES book competition! Once again, an enthusiastic response from the LensWork community provided a diversity of excellent work. To see this year's selected photographers and to pre-order this 312-page book at the special rate visit www.lenswork.com


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1040%20-%20Inspiration%20Comes%20from%20Everywhere.mp3