Cole Thompson Photography

Issue 36
January 29th, 2010
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The Lone Man
Other New Images

Dear Cole,

Since my last newsletter I've been up and down both coasts of Florida and visited the small island of Guanaja in Honduras.  In this newsletter I'm introducing new images from these adventures.

Visiting other countries really causes one to think about what's important in life and to count your blessings.  You cannot help but wonder: "What if I had been born here, what would my life be like?"


I came across a wonderful quote that I'd like to share with you:

"True artists pick their own perspectives - they live and love their ways even if they must live and love alone.  Praise and applause are not priorities of artists: what matters most is the fulfillment that comes with being oneself."  Michael William Nebab, NYU Student

Letting go of what others think is a incredibly liberating feeling, in art and in life.

Many of you have seen the movie Invictus, the story of Nelson Mandela's efforts to bring together a divided South Africa.  Central to the theme of the movie is the poem Invictus, written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley. 

At the age of 12, Henley became a victim of tuberculosis of the bone.  A few years later the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. In 1867 he successfully passed the Oxford local examination as a senior student. In 1875 he wrote the "Invictus" poem from a hospital bed.

(Latin for "unconquered")

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

I first read this poem at 17 and it has always reminded me that I am the one in control; not fate, not chance, not other people.  


The Lone Man - New Images
Lone Man No. 37
(Lone Man No. 37 - Guanaja, Honduras - 2010)

In my last newsletter I prematurely pronounced my "Lone Man" series complete. 

We were diving the north side of Guanaja, an isolated spot that is accessible only by boat, when we came across a bar in the middle of nowhere.  The "Green Flash" was a welcome site and while enjoying a cold Coke I saw this scene and immediately thought "Lone Man."

Ironically, I created this second Lone Man image (below) just a few miles away on an isolated sandy beach.  Apparently I'm not done with this portfolio just yet.

Lone Man No. 35
(Lone Man No. 35 - Guanaja, Honduras - 2010)

Harbinger - New Images
Harbinger No. 12
(Harbinger No. 12 - Eastern Florida Coast - 2009)

While in Florida I was lucky enough to find two new Harbingers, and as summer approaches I'll be roaming the west looking for additional ones.

As this series matures, my thoughts turn more and more to the artist statement which I need to complete.  I've never been a fan of elaborate or long statements, as it seems to me the viewer should determine for themselves what the images are saying.  Right now my artist statement simply reads:

\ˈhär-bən-jər\   noun

1. one that goes ahead a
nd makes known the approach of another; herald.
2. anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign.

I could use your help on this; what are your thoughts on the series and what the word Harbinger means?

Harbinger No. 13
(Harbinger No. 13 - Western Florida Coast - 2009)

Other New Images
Harry's Pelicans
(Harry's Pelicans - Florida - 2009)

This image is named "Harry's Pelicans" in honor of my friend and fantastic black and white photographer Harry Hellas.  While in Florida I visited Harry and he joked about photographers who come to Florida and photograph birds.  Ironically the next day I did just that and so dedicate this image to "Brother Harry."

Bonacca Town Tragedy
(Bonacca Town Tragedy - Bonacca Town, Guanaja, Honduras - 2010)

Miss Danielle
(Miss Danielle - Guanaja, Honduras - 2010)

Guanaja Fern
(Guanaja Fern - Guanaja, Honduras - 2010)

♫  One of my Auschwitz images (Auschwitz No. 14) will appear in the new book "Why Photographs Work" by George Barr.

♠  Several of my 30-Second Exposure images were featured in the Singh-Ray Blog, along with my reasons for using the Vari-ND filter for most of my work.

∞  My blog recently featured a controversial article entitled "Photographic Celibacy."  My blog takes a much different approach than my newsletter, focusing more on the philosophies and technical aspects of photographic art.

∆  My work is featured in the current issue of fotoblur Magazine.  If you enjoy photo-sharing websites, fotoblur has a very positive and encouraging environment and the work is really superb. 

☼  I still have one Epson 4800 printers available for sale.  If you have an interest, please contact Matt Oke at For those who are curious, I moved to the larger Epson 7900.

ↄ  I'll be raffling off (5) copies of my lithographic poster "Old Car Interior" in February.  To enter, email me by 2/15/2010 and put in the subject line "Old Car Interior Poster" and say "hello" while you're at it!

 About Cole Thompson Photography
Honduran with Plastic Rake
(Honduran with Plastic Rake - Guanaja, Honduras - 2010)

Phone:    970-218-9649

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