“I like podcasts because the screen is in your head.”
Scott Carrier

Available Light is a new podcast that features conversations and observations about photography.

Inspired by my writing on the topic, it explores of photography in spoken form; ranging from technical and aesthetic to discussions about its development in the digital age and interviews with the people shaping it.

I am currently in the process of producing the first episodes, which will each be between five and fifteen minutes in length. You will be able to find them on Soundcloud, iTunes, or wherever you prefer to listen.

Photography may not seem like the most obvious topic for a podcast: After all, you can’t show pictures on the air. But it is precisely the challenge of covering a visual medium in an auditory one that intrigues me.

As a photographer, I like to ponder where the medium is going. After all, it is in the middle of an exciting transformation: Every two minutes, humans take more photos than ever existed in total, just 150 years ago. Cameras have become tiny and ubiquitous. Technological innovations keep stretching the concept of what a photo even is.

All that means there is plenty to talk about – about the role images play, the power they have over us, and what it means to be taking them. In other words: Photography has a large enough spectrum to warrant a podcast, whilst being narrow enough for me not to get carried away.

Speaking of spectrums: The name Available Light is both a reference to the way of taking pictures and a nod to its essence. I believe that photography isn’t about cameras, lenses, films and megapixels, but at its core about the etymological meaning of the word: Drawing with light.

Who are you?

My name is Lars Mensel. I am a freelance journalist and photographer from Berlin. I used to work at the magazine The European, and now run The Idea List. Find more about me and my work here.

Does the podcast make money?

Not a cent. Available Light is a project I run in my free time without getting paid.

Can I hear it?

Below, you can find the each of the episodes.