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Looking at Images with Brooks Jensen

Brooks' 2014 book Looking at Images (Sold Out) is the inspiration for this series of audio commentaries presented here.

The focus of Looking at Images is, well, images to more deeply explore selected photographs published in LensWork and LensWork Extended. Looking at Images is a study aid, a serious look at an image, a platform to think about photography and our creative process. It's about images and ideas and most importantly, ideas that can help you in your creative endeavors.

These are not critiques! As Brooks has often said, "I fundamentally don't believe in photographic critiques. Most critiques start off with the most deadly form of comment that you can make about an image which is I like it or I don't like it. There is almost nothing of less importance for a photographer to hear when you're offering a critique. Worse, is when the reviewer begins If this were my work … which of course, it isn't! Instead, I look at what what the photograph communicates and how it does so. It seems to me this is the essence of making a photograph."

Look for a new post every Tuesday


Transitions

by Francis Billes

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #60

Lights of the City

by Jean-Michel Berts

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #85

Down Side of a Full Moon

by Stephen Perfect

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #107

Infrared Trees

by Marty Knapp

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #125

Torii: A Border for Prayer

by Shigeru Yoshida

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #131

Pixie Plates

by Mark Sawyer

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #?123

Over 100

by Jun Wang

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #110

White Monks: A Life in Shadows

by Francesca Phillips

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #105

Vision of the Heart

by Eugene H. Johnson

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #67

The Architecture of Space and Light

by Scott Hendershot

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #106

Broken Dreams

by Ray Carofano

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #104

There Was a Forest

by Loli Kantor

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #87

In Their Landscape

by Michael Reichmann

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #80

Megalopolis

by Martin Stavars

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #105

To Moab and Back

by Stephen S. Ashley

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #115

A Short Story From The Man With A Hat

by Katrin Bechhold

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #120

The Texture of Acadia

by Al DaValle

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #135

Visionscapes

by Mehmet Ozgur

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #78

Important Things

by Tamara Lischka

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #63

Here Today

by Jenny Ellerbe

Image originally published in LensWork Extended #89

Lullaby of the Dark Goddess

by Sahastrarashmi

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #123

Playtime

by Larry Monczka

Image originally published in LensWork Extended #129

Desert Starlight

by Don Whitebread

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #129

Wheatcountry

by Don Kirby

Image originally published in LensWork #33

Cage Call

by Louie Palu

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #73

Melting Giants

by Cole Thompson

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #127

Bella Luce

by Jeff Curto

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #58

A Digital Platinum/Palladium Portfolio

by Dan Burkholder

Image originally published in LensWork #18

From Earth, From Heaven

by Marco Maroccolo

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #88

Iceland

by Hans Strand

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #100

Mandala Flowers

by David Bookbinder

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #69

Still Life

by Ion Zupcu

Image originally published in LensWork #38

Les Reves Des Rois (Dreams of the Kings)

by David Robin

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #86

Places of Spirit and Light

by Larry Mendenhall

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #109

Japanese Bath

by Mark Edward Harris

Image originally published in LensWork Extended #91

Natural Beauty

by Brigitte Carnochan

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #110

The Music Makers

by Jimmy Williams

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #93

Earth With Meaning

by Alan Cohen

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #98

Polvaredal

by Marcos Furer

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #124

Seacoast Maine

by George Tice

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #102

Auto-Reflective

by Robert Hecht

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #91

The Psychological Landscape

by Rita Bernstein

Image originally published in LensWork Extended #95

Another West Lake

by Dalang Shao

Image that are not rectangles

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #128

Abstracts

by Merg Ross

Projecting our interpretation onto an abstract image.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #93

Welles Garage

by John Leuba

The presence of a person in a project about things.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #119

The Life and Happenings Around Blejoi Bridge

by Andrei Baciu

The unromanticized landscape.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #129

Bhutan

by Richard Murai

Capturing movement to bring a photograph to life.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #99

Beyond Words

by Paul Crosby

Photographing the familiar and close at hand.

Image originally published in LensWork #42

Tilikum Crossing

by Bruce Forster

Permission to photograph.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #121

Presidio San Francisco

by Edgar Angelone

Relationships.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #100

Eat the Baby

by Frank Lavelle

The moment before the action.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #122

The Jews of Greece

by Morrie Camhi (d. 1999)

An excerpt from my interview with Morrie Camhi.

Image originally published in LensWork #46

Momentos Rurais (Rural Moments)

by Rui Pires

More than just what they look like.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #102

The Limerick Milk Market

by Gerry Andrews

Photographs are history.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #127

Italy: In the Shadow of Time

by Linda Butler

Connecting with the content of the image.

Image originally published in LensWork #24

Inner Harmony

by Jon Kolkin

A portrait can also be what they do.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #121

Pictures Come From Pictures

by Carl Chiarenza

The Grand Conversation.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #79

Aftermath

by Bruce Barnbaum

Abstracts and emotion.

Image originally published in LensWork #14

Travel Moments

by Douglas Ethridge

Working a scene.

Image originally published in LensWork and LensWork Extended #127