LensWork - Photography and the Creative Process

LensWork - Photography and the Creative Process Podcast

Random Observations on Art, Photography, and the Creative Process. These 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. Included in this series are the LensWork Podcasts -- typically 10-15 minutes exploring a topic a bit more deeply -- and our almost daily Here's a thought . . . series. Here's a thought . . . is the audio portion from videos with the same title and are snippets, fragments, morsels, and tidbits from Brooks' fertile (and sometimes swiss-cheesy) brain. Usually just a minute or so. Pretty much daily. Always about photography and the art life. 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 "Seeing in SIXES (2016), The Best of the LensWork Interviews (2016), Photography, Art, and Media (2016), Seeing in SIXES (2017), and Seeing in SIXES (2018).

HT0118 - Acquisition Stories, Part 2
Here's a thought ... It's not just collectors who share acquisition stories, but a lot of times I find photographers talk about their work in terms of acquisition stories, too....

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HA0118 - Acquisition Stories
Here's a thought ... My observation is that when a collector talks about the work in their collection, it's never about the content of the photograph, but rather the story of how they came to purchase it.....

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HT0117 - Acquisition Stories
Here's a thought ... My observation is that when a collector talks about the work in their collection, it's never about the content of the photograph, but rather the story of how they came to purchase it.....

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LW1168 - Here's a thought . . . audios
As many of you already know, a few months ago we started a new series called Here's a thought that are short 1-2 minute videos, posted pretty much daily, where the focus is on ideas that are best presented in a short format - unlike our regular podcasts. A listener has written: "Love Here's a thought. Great stuff but I don't really need the video. Can you do them in an audio-only version maybe via RSS Feed sorta like your podcasts? That way I could listen to them in the car." Why not? So we'll ...

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HA0117 - Better Lenses
Here's a thought ... The new Texture Slider in Lightroom is like getting better lenses. Seriously, that's what it looks like, anyway....

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HT0116 - Better Lenses
Here's a thought ... The new Texture Slider in Lightroom is like getting better lenses. Seriously, that's what it looks like, anyway....

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HA0116 - Dry Spells
Here's a thought ... Everyone goes through dry spells when creativity and ideas just seem to vanish. You can either wait for them to resolve, or take some action that might help....

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HT0115 - Dry Spells
Here's a thought ... Everyone goes through dry spells when creativity and ideas just seem to vanish. You can either wait for them to resolve, or take some action that might help....

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LW1167 - Get On with It
Artists who stick to a schedule are always more productive than those who don't. Of course, we can't schedule when we will have a creative insight, but we can schedule when we will put forth effort. You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.len...

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LW1166 - I Am a Photographer
What is photography to you in your life? How do you define success? You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online....

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LW1165 - Questions
A stream of consciousness exercise that asks questions I found useful in deflating a recent attack of GAS - "Gear Acquisition Syndrome". You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available...

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LW1164 - Misdirection and Megapixels
Fuji has introduced a new 102 megapixel medium format camera. I won't be buying one. You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online....

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LW1163 - When the Impossible Is Possible
Sometimes when I look at art, I am speechless with a sense of wonder at how such a thing can be done - in spite of the fact that it looks simply impossible. Why is it that I never have such a reaction when looking at photography? You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are avail...

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LW1162 - Cross Pollination
Creativity can be the result of simply combining two things together that normally don't go together. The result can be a new idea that leads to something thoroughly unexpected. You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire...

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LW1161 - Text and Image
When text and image work together, there's so much more potential and the chance to communicate more deeply. You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Onli...

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LW1160 - Megapixels and Data
Bigger, more, even bigger, and even more! Camera marketing tries to tell us what we need, but perhaps a more reliable source is to take a look at what we actually do and have done in the past. You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork....

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LW1159 - Titles
Finding a title for your project is one of the most important steps in the process. Here are some ideas about what a title should accomplish and how to find a title that works. You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire ...

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LW1158 - Today's Creative Challenge
When it comes to working in projects, we all start with a pile of prints. Moving from that pile of prints to a finished something or other is today's great creative challenge. You might be interested in . . . If you like Brooks Jensen's podcasts, check out his new video series titled, "Here's a thought..." These short 1-2 minute videos will give you a daily dose of creativity and something to think about. The three most recent videos are available to everyone at  daily.lenswork.com. The entire b...

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LW1157 - How to Receive a Review
Because in the last podcast I talked about how I conduct a review, here are some thoughts from the opposite perspective - about how to increase the value of a review of your work. You might be interested in . . . Time is running out to submit your entries to our final Seeing in SIXES book! Deadline for entries is June 16, 2019  Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication. Don't miss this chance to be a part of the final book in our ...

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LW1156 - How I Do a Review
I'm at Photolucida this week doing reviews with 40 or so photographers. Here's a look at what I'll actually be doing in these review sessions. You might be interested in . . . Time is running out to submit your entries to our final Seeing in SIXES book! Deadline for entries is June 16, 2019  Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication. Don't miss this chance to be a part of the final book in our four-book series. Visit www.lenswork...

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LW1155 - Predictions for Photolucida
Do we photographers take pictures or make them? This is more than a mere semantic question because thinking more deeply about this can help clarify our creative intentions. You might be interested in . . . Time is running out to submit your entries to our final Seeing in SIXES book! Deadline for entries is June 16, 2019  Everyone who enters will receive a book whether or not your work is selected for publication. Don't miss this chance to be a part of the final book in our four-bo...

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LW1154 - Take or Make
Do we photographers take pictures or make them? This is more than a mere semantic question because thinking more deeply about this can help clarify our creative intentions. You might be interested in . . . Here's a thought . . . is the title of our new series of short videos by Brooks Jensen about photography and the art life. Unlike our podcasts, these are quick thoughts of just a minute to two, pretty much daily. The most recent three videos are accessible at LensWork Daily. The entire back-epi...

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LW1153 - Accomplishment
In looking back on my 40 plus year photographic career, I can't help but conclude that there have been some important accomplishments that I can treasure in retrospect. You might be interested in . . . Here's a thought . . . is the title of our new series of short videos by Brooks Jensen about photography and the art life. Unlike our podcasts, these are quick thoughts of just a minute to two, pretty much daily. The most recent three videos are accessible at LensWork Daily. The entire back-episode...

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LW1152 - Specific and Universal
Photographs are typically about a specific thing at a specific place and a specific time. For them to function as artwork, however, they need to point to something more universal. Otherwise, the viewer may not be able to relate or find the photograph meaningful. It's a balancing act - a picture of a specific thing that says something far less specific. You might be interested in . . . Here's a thought . . . is the title of our new series of short videos by Brooks Jensen about photography and the ...

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LW1151 - Five Artists (non-Photographers) You Should Study
Looking outside of photography will often bring us ideas and inspiration we can borrow and adapt for use in our photographic artwork. Here are a few non-photographic artists I recommend. You might be interested in . . . Here's a thought . . . is the title of our new series of short videos by Brooks Jensen about photography and the art life. Unlike our podcasts, these are quick thoughts of just a minute to two, pretty much daily. The most recent three videos are accessible at LensWork Daily. The e...

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LW1150 - What You Can Do
Forget what your camera can't do, and think instead of all the things you can do! You might be interested in . . . Here's a thought . . . is the title of our new series of short videos by Brooks Jensen about photography and the art life. Unlike our podcasts, these are quick thoughts of just a minute to two, pretty much daily. The most recent three videos are accessible at LensWork Daily. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of LensWork Online. A great way to bring a touc...

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LW1149 - New Is Not Always Necessary
It might just be that one of the most productive areas for us to explore is our own past and our personal archive of images. You might be interested in . . . Here's a thought . . . is the title of our new series of short videos by Brooks Jensen about photography and the art life. Unlike our podcasts, these are quick thoughts of just a minute to two, pretty much daily. The most recent three videos are accessible at LensWork Daily. The entire back-episode archive is always available to members of L...

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LW1148 - So What
Mastering craft is just the first step in the process that eventually leads us all to ask a challenging question about our artwork - So what? You might be interested in . . . Here's a thought . . . is the title of our new series of short videos by Brooks Jensen about photography and the art life. Unlike our podcasts, these are quick thoughts of just a minute to two, pretty much daily. The most recent three videos are accessible at LensWork Daily. The entire back-episode archive is always availabl...

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LW1147 - Distill to the Essence
Knowing what you want to say with your project is one thing, but the greater part of the work is figuring out how to distill down to the essence of your artistic statement. You might be interested in . . . Before you submit your entries to Seeing in SIXES 2019... Listen to free audio commentaries about published projects from previous years! In this series of audio commentaries at LensWork Online, Brooks Jensen discusses the aspects of each project that propelled it to the elite group chosen...

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LW1146 - Chaos in Nature
Landscape photography often can be reduced to either simplifying the chaos of nature or emphasizing it for effect. You might be interested in . . . Before you submit your entries to Seeing in SIXES 2019... Listen to free audio commentaries about published projects from previous years! In this series of audio commentaries at LensWork Online, Brooks Jensen discusses the aspects of each project that propelled it to the elite group chosen for publication in the 2016 and 2017 books. This is a gre...

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LW1145 - Photographers and Civilians
I recently read on a blog post this innocent - yet surprising - statement: "In today's digital age, most people only publish their photos on the Internet and view them on screens." Is this possibly true for us fine art photographers? And if so, what are the implications? You might be interested in . . . Before you submit your entries to Seeing in SIXES 2019... Listen to free audio commentaries about published projects from previous years! In this series of audio commentaries at LensWork Onli...

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LW1144 - The Rest of the Story
Splashy headlines may grab our attention, but as Paul Harvey showed us, the rest of the story is often where it really gets interesting. You might be interested in . . . Before you submit your entries to Seeing in SIXES 2019... Listen to free audio commentaries about published projects from previous years! In this series of audio commentaries at LensWork Online, Brooks Jensen discusses the aspects of each project that propelled it to the elite group chosen for publication in the 2016 and 201...

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LW1143 - Contemplative versus Frenetic Photography
How we work in the field can radically change what we produce in the end. Choosing the right working style can support the results you want to achieve. You might be interested in . . . Before you submit your entries to Seeing in SIXES 2019... Listen to free audio commentaries about published projects from previous years! In this series of audio commentaries at LensWork Online, Brooks Jensen discusses the aspects of each project that propelled it to the elite group chosen for publication in t...

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LW1142 - The Rest of Your Life
Connect via content, not the process of photographing content. You might be interested in . . . Before you submit your entries to Seeing in SIXES 2019... Listen to free audio commentaries about published projects from previous years! In this series of audio commentaries at LensWork Online, Brooks Jensen discusses the aspects of each project that propelled it to the elite group chosen for publication in the 2016 and 2017 books. This is a great resource for those who want to use these insights...

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LW1141 - Bokeh
I was really tempted to title this podcast "The Bullsh-- Bokeh Myth," but thought better of it. I can see the attraction and why so much talk these days is all in favor of bokeh-capable cameras and lenses, but then again . . . You might be interested in . . . Before you submit your entries to Seeing in SIXES 2019... Listen to free audio commentaries about published projects from previous years! In this series of audio commentaries at LensWork Online, Brooks Jensen discusses the aspects of ea...

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LW1140 - Only Connect
"After all, what is art? It is the mode by which the solitary heart of any one man bridges the gap which separates him from all of his brothers, mankind in general. All literature is but a message, strong or feeble, sent out by an individual and addressed to the human race. 'Only connect,' says E. M. Forster; literature is such a means of connection." -Clifton Fadiman, from Reading I've Liked (1941) You might be interested in . . . Before you submit your entries to Seeing in SIXES 2019... Listen ...

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LW1139 - Experiential Print Size
Cameras and megapixels, print size and presentation - there is more to this thorny discussion than "meets the eye" - pun fully intended. You might be interested in . . . Before you submit your entries to Seeing in SIXES 2019... Listen to free audio commentaries about published projects from previous years! In this series of audio commentaries at LensWork Online, Brooks Jensen discusses the aspects of each project that propelled it to the elite group chosen for publication in the 2016 and 201...

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LW1138 - The Masters and Us
A quick comparison of the tools and objectives in artmaking and photography and how both have changed in recent years. You might be interested in . . . Announcing Seeing in SIXES 2019 - The Final Year! Our last three Seeing in SIXES books were such a success, we're publishing one more book in 2019.    We are now accepting entries so visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or more entries now! Deadline for entries is June 16, 2019...

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LW1137 - Validation
What do you want from your photographic effort? What do you want to get back from all the time and effort you spend doing your photography? These questions are not as simple as they might sound. You might be interested in . . . We are excited to announce our next publication in the LensWork Monograph series, Stillness & Light by Harold Ross. To receive this 72-page book and the next two monographs, you will need to subscribe by Monday, January 28th. Subscribe now at www.lenswork.com....

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LW1136 - Bad Lens, Bad Lens
I've been deep in the grips of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) for months now about a new lens to replace my bad lens - only to find out it's not such a bad lens after all. You might be interested in . . . We are excited to announce our next publication in the LensWork Monograph series, Stillness & Light by Harold Ross. To receive this 72-page book and the next two monographs, you will need to subscribe by Monday, January 28th. Subscribe now at www.lenswork.com....

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LW1135 - Incentives and Disincentives
What external factors are at play in your creative life that provide you incentives to do more work? What disincentives prevent you from doing more work? Managing both of these can help. You might be interested in . . . Announcing Seeing in SIXES 2019 - The Final Year! Our last three Seeing in SIXES books were such a success, we're publishing one more book in 2019.    We are now accepting entries so visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or ...

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LW1134 - Seducing Your Audience
Along with all our photographic skills, it might be worth a little of our time to develop the skills to motivate strangers to take a look at our creative output. A few thoughts about the importance of publicity and invitations. You might be interested in . . . Announcing Seeing in SIXES 2019 - The Final Year! Our last three Seeing in SIXES books were such a success, we're publishing one more book in 2019.    We are now accepting entries so visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry...

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LW1133 - Looking for Project Ideas
A good project idea is worth its weight in gold - and provides an often-needed jump-start in our creative life. But where do we look for project ideas? Sometimes, in surprising areas. You might be interested in . . . Announcing Seeing in SIXES 2019 - The Final Year! Our last three Seeing in SIXES books were such a success, we're publishing one more book in 2019.    We are now accepting entries so visit www.lenswork.com for Seeing in SIXES entry form and instructions and submit one or mor...

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LW1132 - The Magic Bullet
In photography, in artmaking, in life - there is no such thing as "the magic bullet" that will propel us to success and Valhalla. That doesn't, however, stop us from chasing after it - even though doing so diverts us from the more important things to which we should be paying attention. You might be interested in . . . This year we're celebrating the holidays and LensWork's 25th Anniversary! 25 Years of LensWork means 25% off everything in our store, including new or renewal subscriptions to Lens...

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LW1131 - It Caught My Eye
I continue to find the theme of photographic selection to be of increasing interest. Simply said, why do we choose to photograph what we photograph? You might be interested in . . . This year we're celebrating the holidays and LensWork's 25th Anniversary! 25 Years of LensWork means 25% off everything in our store, including new or renewal subscriptions to LensWork, Monographs, and LensWork Online memberships, as well as books and back issues. Go to shop.lenswork.com between now and December 31st...

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LW1130 - Photograph and image
Hopefully, a clarifying bit of semantics - or, why a "photograph" and an "image" are two different things. At least it's been helpful to me to think of them this way. You might be interested in . . . This year we're celebrating the holidays and LensWork's 25th Anniversary! 25 Years of LensWork means 25% off everything in our store, including new or renewal subscriptions to LensWork, Monographs, and LensWork Online memberships, as well as books and back issues. Go to shop.lenswork.com between now ...

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LW1129 - Working with a Pro
Great imagery is the goal for all of us photographers, but if your goals also include getting your work seen out in the world via publication, exhibition, etc., there are strategies that might be worth thinking about that make you a more desirable candidate. You might be interested in . . . This year we're celebrating the holidays and LensWork's 25th Anniversary! 25 Years of LensWork means 25% off everything in our store, including new or renewal subscriptions to LensWork, Monographs, and LensWor...

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LW1128 - Learning to See
Little did I know back then when I attended all those workshops in my youth, that the most valuable thing I was learning was not about craft and specific techniques, but rather I was learning how to see. You might be interested in . . . This year we're celebrating the holidays and LensWork's 25th Anniversary! 25 Years of LensWork means 25% off everything in our store, including new or renewal subscriptions to LensWork, Monographs, and LensWork Online memberships, as well as books and back issues....

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LW1127 - Power to the Resistance
Evil cosmic forces are at work to push us into Clichéland. We would be wise to resist their efforts. You might be interested in . . . Seeing in SIXES 2018 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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LW1126 - The Lure of the Difficult
Photography is so much fun and so engaging for those of us who make photographs that it is tempting to think others (our viewers) will find our process equally interesting. They won't - and we should remember that when we write our artist statements. You might be interested in . . . Seeing in SIXES 2018 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 pho...

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LW1125 - Photograph the S--- Out of This
The eighth in a series of podcasts from the road. You might be interested in . . . Seeing in SIXES 2018 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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LW1124 - The Non-negotiables
The seventh in a series of podcasts from the road. You might be interested in . . . Seeing in SIXES 2018 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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LW1123 - Lightroom on the Road
The sixth in a series of podcasts from the road. You might be interested in . . . Seeing in SIXES 2018 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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LW1122 - Watershed Moments
The fifth in a series of podcasts from the road. You might be interested in . . . Seeing in SIXES 2018 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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LW1121 - Remembering Rodinal and the ASA Wars
The fourth in a series of podcasts from the road. You might be interested in . . . Seeing in SIXES 2018 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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LW1120 - Moving the Goal Posts
The third in a series of podcasts from the road....

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LW1118 - The Random Subject
The first in a series of podcasts from the road....

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LW1117 - Hyper-reality in art
Some thoughts prompted from reading James T. Farrell's comments about hyper-reality in art - that seem to have been written specifically for us photographers....

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LW1116 - The Gift Economy
Nine examples how we might use the gift economy to share our work with others....

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LW1115 - Workflow and developing your ideas
A listener has asked about the workflow I use to capture and develop the ideas that become the content of Kokoro....

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LW1114 - The Grand Conversation
I'm moving my photography and art book collection to our new home - a task complicated by their collective weight and bulk. Those books must be important to me - and they are....

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LW1113 - Classes of Work
Different kinds of work can help keep up our momentum and promote progress in our learning. This is a way of life, not just a strategy for beginners....

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LW1112 - Don't Take Advice from Me
Here in the Internet age, trends and the collective zeitgeist assert more pressure on us than we might realize....

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LW1111 - One Picture Stories
I've been thinking about this idea of "pocket pieces" I mentioned in the last podcast. That has combined with other motivations and presented an idea for doing something interesting with some of my photographs - one picture stories. You might be interested in . . . LensWork is so pleased to announce that our third community book project, Seeing in SIXES, received another overwhelming and diverse selection of excellent work in 2018. This 312-page book - printed with the quality you've come to ex...

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LW1110 - Lessons from a YouTube musician
I've recently discovered a pianist / composer on YouTube named Nahre Sol. Her videos - although strictly about music - have a lot to teach us about our artmaking process as photographers. The Blues, As Digested by a Classical Musician You might be interested in . . . LensWork is so pleased to announce that our third community book project, Seeing in SIXES, received another overwhelming and diverse selection of excellent work in 2018. This 312-page book - printed with the quality you've co...

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LW1109 - Silver Anniversary of LensWork
Now that we've been publishing LensWork for 25 years, it's time for a few stories. You might be interested in . . . LensWork is so pleased to announce that our third community book project, Seeing in SIXES, received another overwhelming and diverse selection of excellent work in 2018. This 312-page book - printed with the quality you've come to expect from LensWork Publishing - is now available for pre-order at a special price through August 31st! Visit www.lenswork.com for details. Photogra...

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