September 12, 2016

I have been “missing in action” for several months now and I apologize for that! Life has been busy with many family events, a foot surgery, a trip to Newfoundland and some time taken to “regroup” mentally, physically, spiritually and photographically. My sincere thanks to all those who checked up on me during that absence.

Life is good and I’m now preparing for my next adventure: my annual trip to Bandon in October. I’m really looking forward to creating something new in this familiar place.

While in Bandon I would like to invite anyone in the area to come by for a meet-up where we could get to know each other and do some shooting together.

I will be available on Saturday 10/15/2016 at 9 am, I’ll be at the parking lot overlooking the beach where 11th Street SW runs into the ocean, right next to the Bandon Beach Motel.

If you have any questions, please email me at: 

I hope you can make it!


April 29, 2016

Each year Fort Collins hosts a Studio Tour where artists open up their galleries and studios to the public. After a two year absence, I will again participate this June 24th, 25th and 26th.

If you’re in the area or planning on visiting during that time, I’d like to invite you to stop by my home and gallery. 

This year I’ll be focusing on showing larger works. Also, I have received back a huge number of framed and unframed images from exhibitions that I’ll be selling at a discount (I have far to many images here and really need the space!)

So, please stop by and say hello.

My house can a bit hard to find the first time, but if you’re using GPS you’ll be okay.

Just be sure to look for the Mourning Dove Ranch at 4780 Totonka Trail, Laporte, CO 80535

Hope to see you!



July 3, 2015


If you are planning on attending my Las Vegas presentation on Friday, July 10th, please note that we’ve changed the location:

Nevada Camera Club in Las Vegas

Date:             Friday, July 10th, 2015

Time:            7 pm

Location:     Nellis Masonic Lodge #46

Address:      2200 West Mesquite Ave., Las Vegas NV 89106

June 19, 2015

(Isolated – Chuzenji-ko, Japan)

Hello Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, I’m coming to speak!

What will I be speaking about? Black and White and Vision, of course.

If you live in the area, I’d love to meet you!


Nevada Camera Club in Las Vegas

Date:             Friday, July 10th, 2015

Time:            7 pm

Location:     Nellis Masonic Lodge #46

Address:      2200 West Mesquite Ave., Las Vegas NV 89106


Wasatch Camera Club in Salt Lake City

Date:           Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Time:           6:30 pm

Location:     Salt Lake Public Library

Address:      210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT – 801-524-8200


My presentation is 75 minutes long and I’ll showing lots of images, telling lots of stories (some of which are even true) and talking about a lot of things including:

  • Vision
  • Passion
  • Why B&W Appeals to Me
  • What I Look for in a B&W Image
  • My Conversion from Photographer to Artist
  • Copying Ansel Adams
  • My Vision Epiphany
  • What is Fine Art?
  • The Role of Equipment and Processes
  • Listening to Other’s Advice
  • Asking Others for Advice
  • Simplify
  • Photographic Rules
  • Cole’s Rule of Thirds
  • Photographic Celibacy
  • How Long do Projects Take?
  • Some Before and After Images
  • My Six Photoshop Tools
  • Always Stop!
  • Comparing and Competing
  • How I Choose a Project
  • Be Open to New Possibilities
  • How I Found My Vision
  • Why do I create?
  • How to Make Money From Your Photography
  • And Many Stories From My Portfolios.

Whew…all this in 75 minutes!

And at the end, I’ll be giving away three prints.

I do hope that I’ll get a chance to meet you.



June 4, 2015

Opposition – La Jolla Cove – 2009

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June 1, 2015

My annual Exhibition Print Sale has just been announced in my current newsletter:  6/1/2015 Newsletter

Each year I sell my gently used exhibition prints at a discount. These prints are in various conditions but the image and front matte are always in excellent shape. However the backs may have exhibition tags, framing marks and the unmatted prints may have pin holes in the corners. But nothing that will show once matted or framed.

The prints I have for sale are listed in the newsletter and as always it is first come, first served.

This sale ends June 30th, 2015.

There is a $20 shipping charge per order, regardless of how many prints you order. Payment is via PayPal or personal check.

To order, simply email me ( with your selection and address and I’ll confirm if I still have the print and then get your selection on its way! 

Lastly, if you do not find your favorite print available on sale, I will extend a 40% discount on any matted print featured on my website.




April 17, 2015

Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly announces this public lecture and presentation with black and white fine-art photographer Cole Thompson.

Cole’s presentation will revolve around images from his portfolios and is interspersed with some of the things he has learned about Vision, listening to himself, the role of equipment, the rules of photography and etc.

For Cole ‘…color records the image, but black and white captures the feelings that lie beneath the surface.’

Following his lecture, we will open the floor to any questions you might have and Cole will be giving away three of his prints.

Tickets are limited, so please be sure to register early! Register here.

(Please note that in an effort to save our environment, no paper tickets will be issued for this event. Please use our secure online registration system. We will have a list of all registered students on hand at the door.)

More Event Details:

Tickets are only $25 each ($40 for two). For volume purchase of 10 or more tickets, please contact the Vancouver Photo Workshops for details. Our office can be reached @ 778.898.5256 or via email:

Please note: There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door on the evening of the event. Cash only please.


Date:                 Monday, May 4th, 2015

Location:         Vancouver Photo Workshops

Address:          14 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Time:               7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Tickets:           Available online

 Cost:                $25 per person, $40 for two


April 10, 2015

Cole with Nanaimo in the background, 1973


Very few people know that in 1973 I lived in the small town of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. British Columbia has some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen and “the Island” is their crown jewel in my opinion.

Back then Nanaimo was a sleepy little town and I still can remember the “unique” smell emanating from the Harmac pulp mill and the fun times I had playing with the children on the Nanoose Indian Reserve. I have many wonderful memories of my time there.

And so I’m excited to announce that I’m coming back to visit and to speak in Victoria on May 2nd. In Partnership with Luz Studios, The Cascadia Story Project presents “A Night of Story Telling with Cole Thompson.”  I hope to live up to the title by telling many tall tales, some of which may even be true!

If you live on the island or are in the Vancouver area I sure would love to meet you! 

What:       “A Night of Story Telling with Cole Thompson” 
When:       Saturday May 2nd, 2015 at 7 pm
Where:     CITIZEN Clothing (in Estevan Village)
Address:  2451 Estevan Ave Victoria, BC, V8R 2S4 Canada


My presentation will include images from my many portfolios; all sprinkled with tall tales and my photographic philosophies. If you’re planning on coming, please email me with a “heads up” so that I can watch for you!

And please be sure to check out LUZ Studios, the generous sponsor of this event. They are an all photographic studio with a focus on analogue, something very special in today’s modern world.



March 7, 2015

People ask: “Why Black and White? You were born into a color world.”

I respond: “No, I was born into a Black and White world.”


If you are in the Fort Collins area this Tuesday, March 10th, I’ll be speaking with the Fort Collins Digital Camera Club.  Here are the details:

  • Topic: Why Black and White?
  • Tuesday 3/10/2015
  • Fort Collins Digital Camera Club
  • 6:30 pm
  • Meeting at Ridgeview Classical School, 1800 S Lemay Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525

As always, I’ll be giving away three prints at the end of the presentation.

I hope you can make it!



January 16, 2015

Harbinger No. 22 – Tongariki

I’m back from Easter Island and have begun working on the several thousand images I shot. Many were very long exposures and that gave me lots of time to think, and one thought that I had was:

You shoot a lot, you hope a little and you’re grateful to get just one or two.

And that’s the truth: I shot a lot of images and while I’m hoping for several good ones, I’ll be grateful to get just a few. It’s funny how when you’re viewing images in the field every one looks like a killer, but the reality is that the public will only see about 1 out of every 250 images that I shoot. 

And while it’s important to create great images, it’s almost equally as important to only show the good ones!


I’ll be presenting my work to the Alpenglow Camera Club in Granby, Colorado on Wednesday, February 4th.

My presentation is entitled “Why Black and White?” and we will be meeting at the Granby Public Library at 7 pm.

If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you!