Photography and the Creative Process

One of the topics I’ve been meaning to post about is my fairly recent infatuation with podcasts.

I’ve written before about how I was late to the iPod world as I am not always a fan of the way Apple chooses to maintain such strict control over their products.  When I finally broke down and switched to an iPod, I was thrilled with the ease with which I could download podcasts onto my iPod.  Prior to that, I had only played around a little with the podcast section of iTunes (yes, even though I was late to the iPod party I was an early adopter of iTunes as an excellent media manager).

One of the first podcasts that I subscribed to, and have listened to regularly, is LensWork – Photography and the Creative Process.

LensWork is a magazine that I’ve enjoyed for years, though I sheepishly have to admit I’ve never had a subscription.  As much as I’ve loved the magazine, I’ve never been able to justify the cost.  The images in LensWork is exceptionally presented – the publisher does an excellent job of reproducing the images and they’re presented in a meaningful portfolio fashion so that you don’t only get one or two poorly displayed images surrounded by loud advertisements but you get several pieces of work thoughtfully reproduced – in fact I think they’re among the best photographic reproductions available in a periodical.

In the series, the publisher of LensWork (Brooks Jensen), conveys thoughts and impressions on the creative process – usually around photography – but applicable to many creative endeavors.  I find that I often agree with much of what he’s saying, I just haven’t taken the time to formulate thoughts on the subject and so I appreciate that he has.  It’s nice to sit and listen to his rather zen-like voice and take the time to appreciate the message that he is conveying.  It’s a good break from the day-to-day.

The Photography and the Creative Process podcast is published – um – well, just kind of whenever.  It tends to go in spurts, depending on what else the publisher has going on I suppose.  But I started listening from the beginning so I tend to be pretty far behind – which I kind of enjoy, because they’re rather short and I can often listen to a few of them at a time.

If you’re interested in the creative creation process then you should give the podcast a try – and since most ring in at around 3-4 minutes, it’s a small investment to make.