Matt Payne Photography Blog: Finding Your Vision As A Landscape Photographer - A Conversation With Cole Thompson - September 16, 2020

Hey everyone!

Welcome to episode 178 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

For this week's episode of the podcast I finally got the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with one of my favorite black and white photographers and someone whom I have always admired, Cole Thompson.

Cole has a totally unique philosophical approach to photography which is often misunderstood by many people. It is something he refers to as photographic celibacy and I think it has tremendous merit.

Cole and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • How he got his start in photography,
  • Why he has chosen black and white as his medium,
  • External validation of our photography and its impact on our creative vision,
  • How to develop a personal vision in your photography,
  • The influence of praise,
  • ... and more!

Over on Patreon this week, Cole and I explore the question, "Do you need to go to great locations to get great photographs?"

I hope you enjoy our conversations!

Here are the people that Cole recommended listeners check out:

1. Edward Weston's Daybooks.

2. Hamidah Glascow & The Center for Fine Art Photography.


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Here is a transcript to this week's episode: