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Interview with Keean Afrasiabi

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In our interview with Keean we talked about the limitations he faces as a visual artist with partial vision, how he got into 3D design, and how he engages in client work.

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“I Just Don’t Photograph Well.”

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Our job is to get them to forget for a few moments that they’re even having their picture taken. That can only come from your professionalism, confidence in your abilities, and a friendly disposition.

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Photography, Like Falling In Love

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For me, the camera is so much more than just a device that creates images. It’s so much more than just something that exposes a roll of film, or delivers way too many megapixels. It’s a key. A key that opens doors.

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Don’t Get Stuck

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I’d like to shed some light on a place I’m certain every single creative person has visited, but very few willingly admit to having been…the creative wasteland found in The Long Middle.

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Interview with Dewi Natalia

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For me success is when you can be content with yourself and not compare yourself with others. Success is never comparison. Success is judging yourself by your own ruler.

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The Art of Not Making Great Art

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Creation is an experience, not a manual to be followed step-by-step. As soon as I stopped trying to force my creativity to fit into predetermined boxes, it got easier and easier to pull my visions into the physical realm.

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Passion Isn’t Everything

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Deep down, I was disappointed. I was letting myself down. It was another project that I was putting in the “unfinished pile”. I knew I had to arrest this downward spiral before it degenerated into total failure.

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Analog Effects in a Digital World

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Learning the ways of these old-school effects not only gave me newfound respect for the art and craft of the masters that went before me, but instilled a sense of practical creativity and problem solving that I’m not sure I would have gotten in the purely digital world.

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Beginning vs Starting

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Naturally, you’re not quite as good at starts as you are at beginnings. Starting is a bit harder. They require intention, community, courage, and a dose of naiveté.

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Life Lessons From a Farmer’s Market Vendor

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If you had told me that I’d learn more about business and my creative potential from running a booth at a farmer’s market than from working with Victoria’s Secret in New York, I would’ve thought you were crazy.

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Interview with April Soetarman

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As an artist and designer, April has altered the user experience of the fortune cookie, caused unsuspecting pedestrians to look twice at street signage, and coded a bot to tweet out food-inspired romance.

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10 Nudges to Move You Toward Action

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Certainly you’ve heard of analysis paralysis – that catatonic state your mind enters into when overthinking causes complete immobilization. Perhaps you’re visiting this post now in an attempt to flee the very action that you know you must take next.

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Listening for Creativity

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I believe all sentient beings are creative beings. If that weren’t so I don’t think there would be a Facebook or Instagram, bicycles, ice cream or bologna.

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Do

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So maybe you’ve been inspired by Aaron Nace, but when you compare yourself to him you realize he has over a million subscribers and your idea seems an utterly impossible reality.

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What is PHLEARN Magazine?

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A visual exploration of why we launched a magazine and how we aim to inspire the Phamily through everything we share. Illustrated by Jimmy Lazer.

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Interview with Matthew James Harrison

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In our interview with Matthew James Harrison, we sought his perspective on how to successfully start new endeavors, how and when to turn down work, which experiences he thinks any creative professional should face, and much more.

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Letter From The Editor

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Beyond photo-focused tutorials, we asked ourselves: How might we nurture even more creativity within this remarkable group?

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Jump

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Once you learn the hard way, that information sticks with you forever. This new outlook informed everything I touched artistically from then on.

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Interview with Eduardo Acierno

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Eduardo Acierno is a self-taught fashion photographer from Mexico. Throughout our interview with Eduardo we explore the topics of photography, art, inspiration and happiness.

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Interview with Janosch Abel

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Throughout his young career, Janosch Abel has photographed numerous musicians, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, The Black Keys, Pharrell Williams, Mike Skinner, Jamie Cullum, ASAP Rocky, Lauryn Hill and Gaslamp Killer.

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Interview with Jerry Ghionis

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Widely celebrated among the top 5 best wedding photographers in the world, Jerry Ghionis and his wife Melissa are based in Melbourne, Australia and Beverly Hills, CA and together travel frequently on international photography assignments and speaking engagements.

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Interview with Pauline Darley

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Pauline Darley is a self-taught fashion photographer based in Paris. At a young age, she has established herself as an inventive editorial photographer and talented portraitist, able to create both captivating and insightful conceptual work.

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Interview with Matilda Temperley

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Matilda Temperley was born on a cider farm in Somerset, England in 1981. After pursuing a career in tropical infectious diseases she happened upon photography. She claims to be naturally unobservant, and as result uses her camera as a tool for opening up the world and looking.

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Interview with Maja Topcagic

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Maja Topcagic was born in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina and now lives in Sarajevo. She began taking photos when she was 19 years old. When she is not working as a computer science teacher in Bihac, she freelances for Trevillion Images, 500px.com, Art+Commerce/Vogue Italia, and WIN New York.

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Interview with Tommy Ingberg

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I’ve been creating since I was a child. I have early memories of drawing in my sketchbook and my fascination with cameras. Somewhere along the line I chose photography. My first “real” camera was a Praktica with two lenses.

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Interview with Bleeblu

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I was born with a beautiful imagination without an artistic bone in my body. It wasn’t until winter of 2011 when I stumbled upon a photo that could change my life forever.

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Interview with Elizabeth Gadd

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Lizzy started her venture into photography in 2007 when she became intrigued by taking photos of nature and animals (still a big part of her life). She grew more passionate about photography in 2010 when she decided to step out of her comfort zone and take a self-portrait everyday for a year.

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Interview with Conner Allen

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In our interview with Conner Allen, a conceptual portrait photographer based out of the Inland Northwest, USA, he shares his knowledge learned through trial and error in photography, through his experiences shooting weddings, portraiture, and fashion.

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Interview with Giovanni Moran

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Giovanni Moran is a fine art, fashion, and portraiture artist. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Entirely self-taught, (doing so in a short period of five years) Giovanni focused on his photography career, with a main focus on fashion photography.

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