November 10 Program Zoom Recording

The recording of the presentation from Cole Thompson titled “Why Black & White” given to the Focus Camera Club on November 10, 2021.

Program Description

In about one hour Cole Thompson makes the case that Black & White is the perfect medium for any subject…except for one. Cole will show work from his various portfolios and share his photographic philosophies.

I’ve never taken a photography class or a workshop. I don’t have a degree in art. I’ve never worked as a photographer. I don’t have gallery representation. I’m not a Canon Explorer of Light. And I only have three lenses and none of them are primes.

Do I have any qualifications? Just one…my images. Nothing else matters.

— Cole Thompson

Find Cole and his fantastic work on his website at

Writing out the chapters below was difficult – not all of these sections are clearly defined as the presentation weaves in and out of portfolio images, stories, Cole’s philosophies, and various techniques and methods for image making and exploring your Vision.

Just watch the whole thing! You won’t be disappointed; and you’ll gain a lot of nuggets of wisdom along the way.


0:00 Intro, 1:39 Why B&W?, 10:44 Portfolio Images, 21:29 Find Your Vision, 28:43 Post Processing, 33:05 Projects – Images and Reasons, 50:53 What is Fine Art?, 54:56 Why do You Create?, 57:22 Rules to Follow, 1:02:14 What to Do With Your Images, 1:10:04 How Long Projects Take, 1:17:21 Summary / Q & A