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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


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