Even though I have been following LensWork magazine (a truly excellent bi-monthly edited by Brooks Jensen that specialises predominantly in B&W fine art photography) for a couple of years now, I have only recently came across Brooks Jensen’s personal website. And while I was browsing his own portfolio of images (which I found to be really good by the way), I also discovered a section of Brook’s writings about photography. And among them I found a paper called ‘Things I’ve learned about photography’ that summarises author’s personal experiences and learnings (in fact 131 of them) in his more than 35 years of photography.
I would recommend this article to anyone who thinks seriously about photography and who wants to learn. While some of the points Brooks is mentioning may not be of interest to everyone today (e.g. those about film photography and darkroom), most of them are and always will be relevant and very valuable. And exactly because of that I got an idea to write a miniseries of blog entries based on a selection of Brooks’ thoughts and experiences.