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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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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.

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You might be interested in . . .

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


Media Files:
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.

You might be interested in . . .

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


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1045%20-%20Travel%20Companions.mp3




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.

You might be interested in . . .

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.

You might be interested in . . .

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/LW1043%20-%20The%20Problem%20with%20I.mp3




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.

You might be interested in . . .

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/LW1042%20-%20Give%20It%20Time.mp3




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?

You might be interested in . . .

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/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.

You might be interested in . . .

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




LW1039 - But Why

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Recently reviewing some older images, I realized something I should have learned years ago - if only I had asked Why? certain images had failed.

You might be interested in . . .

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/LW1039%20-%20But%20Why.mp3




LW1038 - The Seeing in SIXES 2017 Reviews

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's Seeing in SIXES!

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/LW1038%20-%20The%20Seeing%20in%20SIXES%202017%20Reviews.mp3




LW1037 - Artmaking

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Clearly, not every exposure we make with our cameras rises to the level of art. So, at what point does an image pass through that barrier between merely a picture and becoming art? Knowing how we think about this for our work might be useful in our creative life.


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1037%20-%20Artmaking.mp3




LW1036 - The Summer Doldrums

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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The summer months are typically our slowest time for receiving submissions here at LensWork. With our fall issues coming up, we encourage everyone to consider sending in your work to be reviewed. You never know!

Submission Guidelines


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1036%20-%20The%20Summer%20Doldrums.mp3




LW1035 - The Basis of the Project

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Looking at the books on my bookshelves, I realized how many of them fall into one of two themes - books about a photographer (monographs, greatest hits) or books about a place/event. Certainly there are other ways to group images together as the basis for a publication or project.


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1035%20-%20The%20Basis%20of%20the%20Project.mp3




LW1034 - Travel Equipment List

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

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Before traveling, I ask myself this: What is it that can lead to failure, and how can I avoid the worst of those failures with the least amount of equipment?

You might be interested in . . .

Brooks Jensen's Photography, Not Cameras video series is part of the terabytes of content available to members of LensWork Online. These informal, extemporaneous "fireside chat" videos on photography and the creative process are like short 10-30 minute workshops without the expense of travel!

TRY ONE FOR FREE at daily.lenswork.com


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1034%20-%20Travel%20Equipment%20List.mp3




LW1033 - Experience versus Art

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

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It's worth remembering that we look at our photographs differently than anyone else will because we remember the experience of having captured the image in the field.

You might be interested in . . .

Brooks Jensen's Photography, Not Cameras video series is part of the terabytes of content available to members of LensWork Online. These informal, extemporaneous "fireside chat" videos on photography and the creative process are like short 10-30 minute workshops without the expense of travel!

TRY ONE FOR FREE at daily.lenswork.com


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1033%20-%20Experience%20versus%20Art.mp3




LW1032 - Three Biggies

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

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Who are the people from the history of photography that you admire the most? Our choice of "biggies" probably says more about us than it does about their photography. So, it might be reasonable to do some reverse engineering. What do all of these photographers have in common that might be useful in our photographic path?

You might be interested in . . .

Brooks Jensen's Photography, Not Cameras video series is part of the terabytes of content available to members of LensWork Online. These informal, extemporaneous "fireside chat" videos on photography and the creative process are like short 10-30 minute workshops without the expense of travel!

TRY ONE FOR FREE at daily.lenswork.com


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1032%20-%20Three%20Biggies.mp3




LW1031 - Input versus Output

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Art-making is a curious process of input and output. The key is finding the ratio between the two that produces meaningful work.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1031%20-%20Input%20versus%20Output.mp3




LW1030 - Social Media

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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I'm an advocate for digital publication and distribution of images, but I'm not a fan of social media. There is a very good reason why - at least for me and my artwork.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1030%20-%20Social%20Media.mp3




LW1029 - Swallowing a Whole Chicken

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Sharing work has become a much greater challenge in this age of such easy sharing of our work. Viewer fatigue and consumption realities are worth thinking about.


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http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1029%20-%20Swallowing%20a%20Whole%20Chicken.mp3




LW1028 - Enough Is, Well, Enough

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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Two final thoughts about telephoto lenses, optical performance, and art-making.


Media Files:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW1028%20-%20Enough%20Is,%20Well,%20Enough.mp3