A friend recently wrote me and said that I had come a
long way, and asked "What in retrospect could you share
with me about your journey?"
My answer was:
- I stopped thinking like a photographer and started
thinking like an artist.
- I quit looking at other photographer's work; it
caused subconscious imitation and limited my
- I stopped listening to other people's advice on my
images; it was sincere advice but it came from the
perspective of their vision, not mine.
- I strove and am striving to, find my own style.
I published these thoughts last week on my
blog and received several "strong" responses, as I'm
sure I will now! But I want to point out that I do not
offer this as advice, but merely what has worked for
I don't know the proper name for art such as this,
but I call it "mass art" and I
really like it!
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Ceiling Lamps Featured in LensWork
Lamps - The Familiar, Viewed in an Unfamiliar
LensWork magazine is, in my
opinion, the finest photography publication in the
world. The printing is better than most of the
photography books I own and their focus on "bodies
of work" is refreshing and unique.
addition to the print version of LensWork, there
is also a CD companion entitled "LensWork
Extended." It features all of the work in LensWork
and also additional photographs, bonus portfolios,
color work, audio interviews and video features.
It is here that my portfolio "Ceiling
Lamps" will be featured along with my audio
interview. Ceiling Lamps is a bit of a whimsical
and graphical look at something familiar, but
viewed in an unfamiliar way.
LensWork and LensWork Extended are
available only by subscription, please visit
for more information.
Ceiling Lamp Poster
I've recently revised my
Ceiling Lamp Poster to add some of my new
favorites. This Giclee Poster and all of my other
posters are available for $39, which includes
Almost every image on my website
is now available as a Giclee Poster.
to go to the poster page.
Small Affordable Prints
I am now offering small,
affordable prints as a part of my own stimulus
This new print is 6.7" X 10" (for
rectangular images) and 7.5" X 7.5" (for square
images) and of course they are signed. These are
archival prints; each one printed by my own hands
and on the highest quality papers The price is $65
which includes shipping.
image on my website is now available at this
size and price.
more about these affordable prints.
Signed Copies of LensWork Available
Because LensWork is only available by
subscription, I picked up some extra copies and
have signed them. They are available for $12.95
(cover price) and $3.00 for shipping.
If you'd like a copy, please email me
More About the Signed LensWork Copy
- My Blog is up and running at www.photographyblackwhite.com/
- I'll be having a LensWork signing at the
CACHE Gallery of Photography on Friday, March
6th from 6-9pm. It's located in Old Town Fort
- Photo District News is featuring an article
about photographer's selling their work online,
and I was interviewed for this article. It's in
the March issue.
- My work is being exhibited at the Preston
Contemporary Art Center in Mesilla, NM through
- Three of my images are being exhibited at
the Elder Gallery in Lincoln, NE as part of the
cities PhotoFest 2009.
- My portfolio "Ceiling Lamps" will be
exhibited for the first time at "Sideshow" in
Dolores, CO. The exhibit opens March 7th and
runs through mid April.
- Silvershotz magazine will be featuring my
work in their upcoming June issue.
- I'll be speaking and conducting a workshop
on black and white, at the Moab Photo Symposium
this April 30th through May 3rd. Read
(Left, Fotoblur Magazine, Issue #1 / Right,
Elevations #30 by Larry Blackwood)
good friends are having special events of their
own and I wanted to tell you about them:
Lance Ramoth, photographer and
founder of Fotoblur,
has just released the inaugural issue of Fotoblur
Magazine. This publication is created by the
Fotoblur photography community whose members
submit their best work which is then selected by the rest of the community.
Lance, the curator of the project said,
"This is a really fun project. The support we get
from the community is amazing not to mention the
inspiring work they submit. Our main goal is to
provide Fotoblur Magazine as a platform for
unknown artist to get their work seen and
published, especially these days when the barriers
to do so are so high."
The magazine is
available through MagCloud.com which includes a
pretty nice preview of the entire issue. www.fotoblur.magcloud.com
Larry Blackwood is
exhibiting his portfolio "Elevations, Exploring
the Architectural Beauty of Grain Elevators" at
the Wichita Art Museum from February 8 through
July 19, after which it is headed to the Center
for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, TX.
Larry says "I am particularly pleased to
be doing a show in my home town of Wichita. The
Wichita Art Museum is the first art museum I ever
visited and was my first exposure to serious art.
I still remember a number of the sculptures and
paintings I saw there as a kid. So I am happy to
be returning to the museum to show some of my own
work. This is kind of a "home-town boy makes good"
story for me."
You can see the entire
portfolio and listen to Larry's LensWork interview
Lamp, Rodizio Grill)
- It takes a lot of imagination to be a good
photographer. You need less imagination to be a
painter, because you can invent things. But in
photography everything is so ordinary; it takes
a lot of looking before you learn to see the
ordinary. David Bailey
- I have discovered photography. Now I can
kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. Pablo
- She said the man in the gabardine suit was a
spy I said 'Be careful his bowtie is really a
camera. Paul Simon
- As I progressed further with my project, it
became obvious that it was really unimportant
where I chose to photograph. The particular
place simply provided an excuse to produce
work... you can only see what you are ready to
see - what mirrors your mind at that particular
time. George Tice
- When money enters in, - then, for a price, I
become a liar, - and a good one I can be whether
with pencil or subtle lighting or viewpoint. I
hate it all, but so do I support not only my
family, but my own work. Edward Weston