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, experience, and observations from his 35 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. 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 "The Creative Life in Photography" (2013) and "Looking at Images (2014).
HT0773 - When I Think About Photography
When I'm reading a novel and think, "What a beautifully written paragraph," I know there's trouble. When I look at a photograph I've made and think, "That's a clever photograph" I know I've failed. Success in art is achieved at its highest level when we are unaware that we are looking at art.
HT0772 - Bouncing Off the Surface
The vast majority of photographs I see (and make) are, truth be told, pretty shallow. Viewing them I feel like I just bounce off the surface. But every once in a while there's an image that connects with me in a way that engages my conscious attention more deeply. I ask questions, I think, I feel, I spend time with it. My imagination is engaged These are the images that are the reason why we are involved in photography.
HT0771 - What They See
As is always true in art, the viewing experience is the intersection of the content of the artwork with the viewer's interpretation. Sometimes their experience can so color their interpretation that there's little we can do to overcome that gap between our intent and their understanding.
HT0770 - Peer Pressure
Early in my photographic life, I experienced the influential nature of peer pressure. I flirted for a while with black mat boards, my theory being that white light would look whiter in contrast to black. It didn't take long for me to abandon that idea because of peer pressure, not because it was wrong. It was one of my first lessons about conformity in the art world.
LW1241 - When Does It Become Art
A little thought experiment that might help you think through your processes and premises.
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HT0769 - When to Pull Out the Camera
When I find a new location in which I want to photograph, I'm usually so excited that my knee-jerk reaction is to pull the camera out immediately and get to work. But I've learned that's almost always a mistake. Instead, it's better to take a moment to just look and absorb and think about it more deeply before I pull out the camera.