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Photography, Not Cameras

Informal, extemporaneous "fireside chat" videos with Brooks Jensen, on photography and the creative process

Think of PNC as 10-20 minute workshops without the expense or the travel! Each topic is an independent, stand-alone dicsussion, so feel free to pick and choose the ones that interest you. We try to post a new PNC video every week, so come back often!


Welcome and Introduction

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PNC #023

Defining Yourself

Some of us may limit what we're capable of accomplishing by defining ourselves in a certain way.

Recording date: May 2017
Runtime: 10:37

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PNC #022

The Sticking Point

In whatever you're working on, if you can identity the problem – or the "sticking point" – can you then eliminate it and work with what's left?

Recording date: May 2017
Runtime: 11:06

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PNC #021

The Problem with a Pile of Prints

Think carefully about presentation and how your audience interacts with your work.

Recording date: May 2017
Runtime: 10:25

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PNC #020

Whispers of the Creative Muse

Have faith in your creative subconscious and the innovation and inspiration that can come from it.

Recording date: May 2017
Runtime: 11:28

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PNC #019

Motivations to Learn Something New

Sometimes the best way to learn something is to have a committment force you through the learning curve.

Recording date: Apr 2017
Runtime: 11:51

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PNC #018

Photographing Your Life

Our photography is so much more meaningful if we photograph something we know a lot about — such as our own lives.

Recording date: Apr 2017
Runtime: 9:59

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PNC #017

Developing Your Style — of photographing

Do you have a style a working method that you employ in the field that results in work that reflects who you are as an artist?

Recording date: Apr 2017
Runtime: 10:46

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PNC #016

Everyday Art Mind

How do we integrate our art life and our everyday life so that we live a life of creativity?

Recording date: Mar 2017
Runtime: 14:23

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PNC #015

The Real Revolution

We are the first generation in the history of photography to have the ability to connect so easily with so many people.

Recording date: Mar 2017
Runtime: 9:18

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PNC #014

Gathering Assets

I often find myself using Jerry Uelsmann's strategy of "gathering assets" in the field, as opposed to previsualization. For me, the real artwork takes place back in the studio — not in the camera.

Recording date: Mar 2017
Runtime: 13:55

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PNC #013

The Pattern

Combining random photography and purposeful, self-assignment photography is a pattern that works.

Recording date: Feb 2017
Runtime: 9:37

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PNC #012

Having Your Work Reviewed

Here are some reasons why I'm such a strong advocate for having your work reviewed.

Recording date: Feb 2017
Runtime: 12:52

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PNC #011

Structure for the Project

Why should you consider using a structure for your project? Here is an example of a working structure that has supported and fueled my photography for years.

Recording date: Feb 2017
Runtime: 25:35

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PNC #010

A Matter of Style

Adapt your style to fit the content of your project.

Recording date: Feb 2017
Runtime: 11:54

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PNC #009

Small Things

Try to think in terms of small projects. As the writer E.B. White once said, “Don't write about Man; write about a man.”

Recording date: Feb 2017
Runtime: 11:26

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PNC #008

Beyond the Print

We all make prints, but we also can go beyond the print and make an artifact, a thing that goes far beyond just a piece of paper with an image on it. Here are just a few examples that photographers have send me.

Recording date: Jan 2017
Runtime: 13:32

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PNC #007

Books and Original Prints

The revolution in commercial printing in the last 50 years has implications for original prints we can only begin to glimpse.

Recording date: Jan 2017
Runtime: 18:29

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PNC #006

The Original

We all know what an "original print" is and why it is a big deal in fine art photography. But does the very concept of "original print" still make sense in the digital world?

Recording date: Jan 2017
Runtime: 22:34

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PNC #005

Artifact and Connection

Here in the digital age, there are still many reasons to continue to make prints — artifacts in molecules that we can hold in our hands. Connection is one of the most important reasons for me — connection to the world in which I live and work, and connection with the person who acquires my work.

Recording date: Jan 2017
Runtime: 10:36

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PNC #004

ARAT Criticism

Lately there has arisen a criticism of landscape photography known by the acronym ARAT — "Another Rock, Another Tree." Maybe, but not for the reasons they think.

Recording date: Dec 2016
Runtime: 11:41

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PNC #003

How to Seduce a Publisher

The second part of our two-part series on getting published in magazines. The first video suggested why you should pursue publication in magazines; here in part 2, we look at how.

Recording date: Dec 2016
Runtime: 16:48

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PNC #002

Art as Image and Idea

What is the philosophical foundation behind your landscapes? Didn't know you had one? Or do you insist that you don't? Might be worth thinking about this again.

Recording date: Nov 2016
Runtime: 9:09

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PNC #001

Getting Published in Magazines, Part 1 — WHY

The first of a two-part discussion of why and how to get your work published in magazines.

Recording date: Nov 2016
Runtime: 17 minutes

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