This past week, I had a very engaging telephone interview with Brooks Jensen, the publisher of Lenswork. The interview is slated for release sometime this month or in October. I’m not exactly sure.
If you don’t know much about Lenswork, then I would strongly urge you to seek it out. There are not that many interesting photography related magazines or on-line subscriptions which focus on the art and creative aspects of being a photographer. In fact, I think it’s telling that most of the sites out there are predominantly focussed on gear. So it’s really refreshing to have Brook’s magazine available.
Anyway, the interview with Brooks was covered by himself recording his own audio while he chatted to me on Skype, and I recorded my own segment with my handy Sony PCM-D50 audio recorder (I love taking a little audio recorder with me on my travels as I think sound is a further dimension in which one can creatively explore their surroundings and it’s been very useful for adding a richness to some of my podcasts).
In his interview, Brooks covered many things with me, but I think the area that interested him the most was how I’ve managed to make a living from photography and in which mediums I’ve managed to do this (we discussed e-books, printed books and also my podcasts). I think he’s very interested in photographers thinking more outside the box, and not being too constrained by the ideas that they should try to sell images or prints only.
Anyway, Brooks was very nice to talk to. He came over very much as he does in his audio podcasts. You should really check out his magazine. Yes, there is a predominant focus on black and white photography, but he also has a Lenswork ‘extended’ edition which covers colour photography and how best to illustrate or show your work to others.
Very highly recommended.