Simple Black and White Photography - Dark Sheep

Simplify to Emphasize the Focal Point

  Dark Sheep Even though I’ve been photographing in Black and White since 1968, I consider the years from 2004 to present to be my important ones. It was during these years that I found my Vision and pursued my Passion.     Poudre River Spillway   During the last 15 years my work has… continue reading

My Favorite Location: Cole Thompson

Palms, Rapa Nui A photographer friend, George Digalakis, asked me to write this article for his blog: Inspirational Places. You can read the original article here:   My Favorite Location: How does one choose their favorite location? It would be like choosing your favorite image or favorite child! Sometimes it seems like the last… continue reading

Don’t Listen to Others and Five Things I‘ve Learned From Others

Dunes of Nude No. 227 In my last blog post I strongly suggested that people should not to listen to other people’s advice, and someone called me on that advice! He reminded me that one of the best lessons I’ve ever learned came from following someone else‘s advice (Ansel’s already done Ansel) He’s right, sometimes… continue reading

It’s Worthless

Copyright by Peter Lindbergh A young artist is exhibiting his work for the first time and a well-known critic is in attendance.   The critic says to the young man: “would you like to hear my opinion of your work?”   “Yes” says the young man.   “It’s worthless” the critic says.   “I know”… continue reading

What is Vision?

Years ago when I was challenged to find my own Vision, I immediately faced a dilemma: I really didn’t know what Vision was. Sure, had a vague idea but I could not define, identify or even understand it.   I had this notion that it was some sort of creative ability that you were either… continue reading

Photographic Celibacy: My Thoughts Ten Years Later

It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since I first started practicing Photographic Celibacy. It’s hard to believe because I never thought that I would do this for so long. I figured that it would last for 3-4 years and then be done with it. So what is Photographic Celibacy, why did I… continue reading

Creating “Honest Work”

In the many conversations I have with myself, I frequently refer to the concept of creating “honest work.” So what does “honest work” mean to me? • It is work that I have created from my Vision • It is work in which the idea originated from within. • It is work that was created… continue reading

Questioning Social Media? Read This!

Why I haven’t Been Taking Photos or Present Online Cole

Lone Man No. 59 – The Story Behind the Image

  This is my most recent “Lone Man” image, Number 59. It was created on the Faroe Islands and is significant to me because it is my daughter-in-law Erica who is the lone man! Just off to the right and out of sight is my son Cody with their daughter Margot in a backpack. (It… continue reading

Video Demonstration: Processing a Faroe Island Image

I’ve been home from the Faroe Island for several months now and I am still working on my new images. I was there for a month and took 1600 images. So far, on my first pass through the images, I have about 80 keepers. Once I go through those a second time, I expect to… continue reading