Do you ever have those excited conversations with friends about some incredible idea that you can’t wait to bring to life? Someone grabs for the sticky notes to document, another purchases a domain name for the project’s future website, and there’s a lot of, “yes, and….!” happening. It’s wonderful.
And then what?
Well, the next steps depend entirely on you and your motivation. In time, some of your collaborator friends may begin to get busy, stop replying to messages regarding the idea, and reveal a general lack of enthusiasm. This could be its end right here. But, if your idea lives beyond the fever-pitched roar of its inception, then it will soon enter an arduous in-between area we call 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.
In this issue we share stories of motivation and heart to keep you true to your initial idea. With time, and hard work, you can get through the Long Middle. And we hope these articles serve you along the way.
“Don’t you owe it to yourself and to other people to share that magic inside you?” – Christina Castillo, Phamily Member
How I Picture Change
The story behind one photojournalist’s efforts to make storytellers out of those who go unheard.
In this interview we learn of Justin’s film photography recovery work in honor of his late grandfather. We also learn what bringing these photos back to life has taught Justin about art, family, and himself.
Whether you’re a professional, semi-pro, or hobbyist with big aspirations, the middle point of your endeavour can often feel like the most prominent feature of your creative journey and it’s easy to get stuck there.
Are you in the middle of a challenging project/process right now? Tell us about it! Tweet it out with #PhamilyWisdom 🙂
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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.