cole thompson photography
classic images in black & white
February 27th, 2009
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Dear Cole,

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 imagination.

  • 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 far.


I don't know the proper name for art such as this, but I call it "mass art" and I really like it! Watch the Video.


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Ceiling Lamps Featured in LensWork Extended
Ceiling Lamps, Four Up

(Ceiling Lamps - The Familiar, Viewed in an Unfamiliar Way)

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.

In 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
Ceiling Lamp Poster

(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 shipping.

Almost every image on my website is now available as a Giclee Poster.

Click Here to go to the poster page.

Small Affordable Prints
Old Car Interior

(Old Car Interior)

I am now offering small, affordable prints as a part of my own stimulus plan.

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.

Almost every image on my website is now available at this size and price.

Learn more about these affordable prints.

Signed Copies of LensWork Available
LensWork Ghost Spread

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

Read More About the Signed LensWork Copy

Silver Leaves

(Silver Leaves)

  • My Blog is up and running at

  • 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 Collins.

  • 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 March 29th.

  • 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 More.

Lance and Larry Image

(Left, Fotoblur Magazine, Issue #1 / Right, Elevations #30 by Larry Blackwood)

Two 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 which includes a pretty nice preview of the entire issue.


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 at

Parting Shot
Ceiling Lamp, Rodizio Grill

(Ceiling 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 Picasso

  • 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

Cole Thompson Photography

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