Valley Forge Hike

This week’s show is a conversation with photographer Garen Marguerian about learning the language of photography. Garen has posted photos daily in the TWiP Family 365 Project group on Flickr along with other listeners this year. The topic of feedback and criticism comes up in the group discussions from time to time. I loved what Garen had to say about both giving and receiving feedback and wanted to hear more.

Garen talks about the ways he’s learned to speak the language of the image. First he learned from brutally honest Flickr groups, then a local group of photographers and the Arcanum. We talk about the vulnerability of both the person sharing their image for feedback and the person who is giving feedback.

See more from Garen: Flickr, 500px, Google+

More about Jenny: Website, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook

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About The Author

I’ve got four kids. Yes, my hands are full. But not so full that I leave my camera at home. I take it everywhere and take photos of my kids every day. Photographing reminds me to look at them more closely. What’s he playing with today? What drives her crazy? Did she have a few belly laughs with her brother between the squabbles? I don’t ask my kids to smile, but sometimes they do. I’m happy you’re listening. Really. Questions? Something you’d like to hear on the show? Email me -

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  • Richard

    As always another terrific podcast Jenny! I have enjoyed Garen’s work these past 11 months of the 365 Project so it was a treat to listen in and learn a bit about his photographic journey.

    • Hi Richard,
      So glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to have the background of the year of photos to talk about. – Jenny

  • sunny

    Hi Jenny, this was another great show! Garen mentioned a couple of resources, but I couldn’t quite catch the names. A 52 project book was one. Would you mind posting the title? I’d like to check it out. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Sunny,

      Garen mentioned Lindsay Adler’s book Creative 52 and also The Arcanum.

      Glad you enjoyed the show,


      • sunny

        Thank you! 🙂