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This is the Angel Gabriel.  I met him on the Newport Beach pier as he was eating French Fries out of a trash can.  He was homeless and hungry.  I asked him
if he would help me with a photograph and in return, I would buy him lunch.
 
The pier was very crowded and I wanted to take a 30 second exposure so that everyone would disappear except Gabriel.  We tried a few shots and then Gabriel
wanted to hold his bible.  The image worked and the only people you can see besides Gabriel are those “ghosts” who lingered long enough for the camera. 
 
Gabriel and I then went into a restaurant to share a meal; he ordered steak with mushrooms and onions.  When it came, he ate it with his hands.  I discovered he was
Romanian and so am I, so we talked about Romania.  He was simple, kind and a pleasure to talk with.  I asked Gabriel how I might contact him, in case I sold some
of the photographs and wanted to share the money with him.  He said I should give the money to someone who could really use it; that he had everything that he needed. 
 
Then the Angel Gabriel walked away, content and carrying his only two possessions: a Bible and a bed roll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cole Thompson's goal is simple, to produce fine art black and white photography.  Fine Art Photography in Black and White.  As a teenager, Cole Thompson would spend hours looking at fine art black and white photographs from the great masters of photography.  They shaped Cole Thompson's vision of what fine art black and white photography was and what he wanted to do.  He loved fine art black and white photography and knew he would someday become a fine art black and white photographer.  classic images in black and white.  While over the years Cole Thompson has broadened his subject matter, he has never abandoned those photographic ethics that he developed as a youth.  In 2004 Cole Thompson took the radical step of converting to digital and had to wrestle with new ethical questions that arose from the advances in technology.  At the time, digital was not considered appropriate for fine art black and white photography.  And yet, almost all of the Cole Thompson fine art black and white photographs on this website are digital, captured and printed digitally.  It is for you the viewer to decide if Cole Thompson has maintained that tradition of the classic masters of fine art black and white photography.  Fine Art Black and White Photography. 

Please browse Cole Thompson's fine art b&w photographs.  He produced these fine art black and white photographs and created this website himself.  Please feel free to contact Cole Thompson for further information or how you can purchase an original Cole Thompson fine art b&w photograph.  Cole Thompson also welcomes your questions regarding his fine art b&w photographs.  Cole Thompson Black and White Photographer.  If you are wondering why we keep mentioning Cole Thompson, Black and White Photography, Black and White Photographs, Fine Art B&W Photography and B&W Photographer, it is to improve Cole Thompson's chances of coming up on a search of the those phrases.  As you can imagine, if someone searches for these phrases:

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Cole Thompson

You will get tens of thousands of hits.  How does Cole Thompson distinguish his site from those?  By mentioning these phrases as many times as he can.  Because Cole Thompson is a Fine Art Black and White Photographer and produces Fine Art Black and White Photographs, this is an easy thing to do.  Cole Thompson was born in Salina, Kansas.  Cole's father was in the Air Force and so Cole Thompson and his family moved around quite a bit.  Cole Thompson was fortunate enough to live in Rochester NY and this is where Cole Thompson was led to read the biography of George Eastman, the modern father of popular photography.  From there Cole Thompson began a life long fascination with black and white photography.  Cole Thompson has always considered himself a black and white photographer, despite the career path Cole Thompson chose.  Cole Thompson is actively pursuing a second career in fine art b&w photography. Cole Thompson someday will retire and devote his full efforts to Cole Thompson black and white photographs.

B&W photography was is my love in life.  When I found b&w photography in 1968, I was living in Rochester, NY, which many consider to be the home of b&w photography.  It was here that George Eastman made b&w photography affordable and accessible to everyone.  Now every boy could shoot b&w photographs and develop their own b&w photography in their own darkroom.  B&W photography was the mainstay of photography for many years, until color was able to replace b&w photography. 

Why do I love b&w photography so very much?  I think it’s because I grew up in a black-and-white world.
Television, movies and the news were all in black and white. My heroes were in black and white and even
the nation was segregated into black and white.  My images are an extension of the world in which I grew up.

Cole Thompson
classic images in black & white

 

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