Once the shine of a great idea wears off, and its implementation or execution begin to feel like, dare we say, work, it’s easy to lose motivation – distractions pile on; excuses become readily available; despair may even begin paying visits. We think of this phase in the creative process as: The Long Middle – a time when the initial creative spark has come and gone, and yet the finish line is still a long way off.
Throughout July, PHLEARN Magazine will be smack dab in the middle of this phase. Stick with us, however, and we won’t have to remain here long.
“The true measure of our progress is seeing how many hurdles we can pass before we feel we have conquered our personal bests.” – Daniel Green, Phamily Member
3 Strategies for Surviving the Long Middle
If you feel like you’re trudging through an uninspiring wasteland in one of your projects, here are some stories and strategies to make sure you get out of there alive.
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Dane Johnson was the former Editor of PHLEARN Magazine, where he helped creatives share their stories. Dane currently is the co-founder of Clementine Coffee Roasters and he accepts most assertions of his hipster-ness and millennialism without flinching.
Christina Riley’s photo series, Born, is a raw look at motherhood. Shot in gritty black-and-white detail, the photos encapsulate every moment, failure, celebration and tear of her first year as a mother.
Grant Thomas would be in hot water without top notch gear for snapping his stunning, ethereal waterscapes. He lets us in on the brands that get him the best under—and over!—water photography every time.
Here’s how Minnesota photographer Brent Cizek captured the adorable photo of a Common Merganser mother with dozens of cute baby ducklings. The story not only includes how he got the shot, but updates on the growing family!
Portrait & lifestyle photographer Will Bremridge has an awesome job shooting for creative agencies, magazines and brands. We talk to Will about his style and how his 12-year-old self would be pretty impressed with his career choice.
For the first year ever, LensCulture brings us the Art Photography Awards, where photographers get to submit original work using various approaches and techniques to express their view on the art process. Here are the winning photos of 2018!
Jakub Rybicki travels to the Wakhan Corridor, a remote mountain region in northeastern Afghanistan and offers us a closer look at the Kyrgyz and Wakhi people who live there, isolated from the violence surrounding them.
Sports photographer Matthew James has shot for leading brands like Adidas, Nike and Cycling Plus Magazine. Today, he lets us take a look inside his camera bag and explains what equipment he relies on for high-action photoshoots.
The winners of Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2018 Underwater Photo Contest have been announced and the photos are awesome! Here are the winning photos across four categories: macro, wide-angle, compact, and conceptual, plus the Grand Prize.