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.
Ever wanted to recreate a special moment in a photograph? Fine art and children photographer Iwona Podlasińska walks us through how she captured the perfect moment of her son, then recreated a similar image for one of her workshops.
Reuben Wu has a unique way of lighting a scene. Using drones, he is able to illuminate inaccessible places like mountains, valleys and other remote locations, bringing the landscapes to life in a way that could never be done before.
Ready to leave the safer world of still lives and nature to capture a bit of real life on the street? Great! We’ve put together 25 of the best tips for getting yourself ready to do street photography at a high level, by learning to blend photojournalism with fine art and documentary storytelling.
For celebrity portrait photographer Will Bremridge, the most important thing about choosing gear is to not put too much emphasis on it. Choose what’s right for you, not the latest trend. Here’s what Will considers the essentials for his unique needs.
Does this hotel look familiar to you? Steven Helmis explains how he got this shot of the now abandoned, iconic Belvédère Hotel, the location of a scene in the James Bond film, “Goldfinger” and one of Sean Connery’s favorite destinations.
Step into Robert Jahns’ dreamworld where anything is possible. These incredible compositions show us an imaginative world where penguins walk happily across NYC streets and zebras, whales and elephants also pop up in the unlikeliest of places.
It’s easy to forget the little things, so we’ve put together 20 tips that every photographer, from beginner to pro, needs to be reminded of. These quick little tips, including essential composition techniques, will make sure you stay focused and help you improve your craft.
Elke Vogelsang’s unique dog portraiture shows us just how funny man’s best friend can be, and capture genuine emotions that will make you laugh and fall in love with each dog. The photographer shares what gear she uses to get these hilarious shots.