Brooks Jensen Arts

Every Picture Is a Compromise – Images posted in July 2024

Lessons from the Also-rans

Most photography websites show the photographer's very best work. Wonderful. But that's not the full story of a creative life. If we want to learn, we'd better pay attention to the images that aren't "greatest hits" and see what lessons they have to offer. Besides, every picture is a compromise. It is the sum of its parts – optical, technical, visual, emotional, and even cosmic – well, maybe not cosmic, but sometimes spiritual. Success on all fronts is rare. It's ok to learn from those that are not our best – the also-rans.

This is a series about my also-rans, some of which I've been able to improve at bit (i.e., "best effort"), none of which I would consider my best. With each there are lessons worth sharing, so I will.

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June 2024 calendar

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1 - "Get Closer" Week

2 - "Get Closer" Week

3 - "Get Closer" Week

4 - "Get Closer" Week

5 - "Get Closer" Week

8 - Squares and Diagonals Week

9 - Squares and Diagonals Week

10 - Squares and Diagonals Week

11 - Squares and Diagonals Week

12 - Squares and Diagonals Week

15 - Squares and Circles Week

16 - Squares and Circles Week

17 - Squares and Circles Week

18 - Squares and Circles Week

19 - Squares and Circles Week

22 - Panorama Week

23 - Panorama Week

24 - Panorama Week

25 - Panorama Week

26 - Panorama Week