Cole Thompson Photography

Issue 39
May 14th, 2010
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The Fountainhead
Drawing Results
Harbinger No 13
Ghosts Folio

Dear Cole,

I'm very excited about my new work that's being introduced in this newsletter, but be warned that it's a big departure from my photographic roots and the work I've done in the past.

The new portfolio is named "The Fountainhead" and it consists of abstract architectural images.  You can see the images and read about the portfolio below.


While passing through Des Moines, I was excited to see a single cloud passing over a downtown skyscraper.   The single cloud is the constant in my Harbinger images and finding a cloud over a cityscape provided a new opportunity for the series. 


Have you ever been in love?  Only then can you photograph.  Alfred Stieglitz

All photographs are accurate.  None of them is truth.  Richard Avedon

Creativity takes courage.  Henri Matisse


Life is as good as you decide it will be.


The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead No. 3, Minneapolis
(The Fountainhead No. 3 - Minneapolis)

Several months ago I was in downtown San Diego when I saw the skyline reflected off of a curved car window; I immediately knew what my next project would be.  But "where" to start the project was an open question until I discovered downtown Minneapolis and its incredible architecture.

This work is a huge departure from my roots of sharp images, landscapes and conventional photography.  When I showed the work to Hamidah Glasgow over at The Center for Fine Art Photography, she remarked that it reminded her of "The Fountainhead" and thus the title was born.  The Fountainhead is Ayn Rand's seminal novel about an individualistic architect, Howard Roark, who created only for himself and refused to compromise.

If you'd like to enter your name in a drawing to receive a 12X8 print of one of these images, email me with "The Fountainhead" in the title.

You may view all of The Fountainhead images by clicking here.

P.S.  These images were all created in-camera (no Photoshop) and with a standard lens.

The Fountainhead No. 20, Omaha
(The Fountainhead No. 20 - Omaha)

The Fountainhead No. 1, Minneapolis
(The Fountainhead No. 1 - Minneapolis)

The Fountainhead No. 4, Minneapolis
(The Fountainhead No. 4 - Minneapolis)

The Fountainhead No. 16, Des Moines
(The Fountainhead No. 16 - Des Moines)

The Fountainhead No. 8, Minneapolis
(The Fountainhead No. 8 - Minneapolis)

The Fountainhead No. 17, Des Moines
(The Fountainhead No. 17 - Des Moines)

The Fountainhead No. 15, Des Moines
(The Fountainhead No. 15 - Des Moines)

The Fountainhead No. 7, Minneapolis
(The Fountainhead No. 7 -  Minneapolis)

The Fountainhead No. 14, Des Moines
(The Fountainhead No. 14 - Des Moines)

The Fountainhead No. 18, Omaha
(The Fountainhead No. 18 - Omaha)

Egg in Glass
(The Fountainhead No. 6 - Minneapolis)

Egg in Glass
(The Fountainhead No. 6 - Minneapolis)

Last Month's Drawing Winner

Foot Bridge No. 2
(Footbridge No. 2 - Tokyo)

The winner of last month's drawing is Donna Smith. Congratulations!  Donna will receive a 10-pack of greeting cards with my images adorning them.  This is from the collection put together by my friend Adelle Laudan and here is where you can see all of the items:

Donna, please send me your address so I can mail you the cards.

Harbinger No. 13

Harbinger No 13, Des Moines
(Harbinger No. 13 - Des Moines)

Harbinger No. 13 was created in Des Moines, Iowa.  While my Harbinger images have featured man-made objects in them before, they were only a very small element and never this prominent.  Nor has the "harbinger" ever been this small.

A single image such as this cannot tell the Harbinger story, to view the entire "Harbinger" series, click here.

Ghosts Folio

Auschwitz No. 14
(Auschwitz No. 14 - Poland)

"The Ghosts of Auschwitz and Birkenau" is available in a folio that contains 15 images and limited to an edition of 25. The images are printed to 7" X 7", matted to 12" X 12" and housed in a custom folio box

The images are printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 and matted using 100% cotton rag matte board. 

The first 5 sets were priced at $1295 and there is 1 set remaining.  Sets 6-10 will be priced at $1500.  Portions of the profits are donated to Holocaust Awareness Organizations.

 About Cole Thompson Photography

Harbinger No 13, Des Moines
(Socks - Colorado Springs)

Phone:      970-218-9649

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