"OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I have some EXCITING news I want to share with you!!!! But it's not 100% concrete yet. When it is, I will definitely SHARE that with you. OMG OMG OMG doing some more cartwheels!!!!"Yeah that was me being all super excited about something but I could not say what it was about yet.
I never followed up on it on Facebook but now I am ready to tell you all a little story.
On July 24 I got an email through my website and it went something like this.
"Greetings, Olivier... I'm an editor with LensWork Publishing in Washington State. For nearly 20 years we have produced LensWork (a fine art publication featuring black-and-white photography)"I immediately stopped reading. What was this... a joke?! I read that first sentence over and over again. After reading the whole email I was sitting at my desk completely IN SHOCK, pinching myself. This was NOT happening. This was a dream. Lenswork.... THE Lenswork?!"
I shared the news with some close colleagues and friends while in this ecstatic frenzy. I was probably not making a lot of sense to them at all and I think some of them might even thought 'oh boy, he is losing it'.
Now for all of you that don't know Lenswork. First of all shame on you! Second of all, I consider it one of the finest Black and White coffee table magazines available today. It is printed on a beautiful stock and the printing itself is of an amazingly high standard. It is available in more than sixty (yes 60!) countries around the world and has an amazing amount of followers.
Check out the Lenswork website here
Anyway. I always considered Lenswork to be THE magazine I wanted to be published in somewhere in my life, not career, I said life. Something that would happen when I would be 60 or something. Something that would happen when I was a 'well established artist'.
If you see what the type of photographer is that gets featured in this beautiful publication, I feel unbelievable lucky, proud, honoured and a little bit scared too, they chose me. I am looking forward to the future too, to see what this might bring with it for me.
I feel unbelievable blessed that I will be in a magazine where all our contemporary 'greats' have been in. Photographers I love like Cole Thompson, Mitch Dobrowner, Chuck Kimmerle and of course Brooks Jensen himself, just to name a few.
Lenswork will feature a 'Canadian Prairie' portfolio in issue 103. That is the November–December 2012 issue. So the one that is coming up shortly. I am doing an audio interview with them as well and more of my work is going to be featured in the online extended edition as well.
There. It's out in the open now.
I feel relieved.