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I quit my job in retail that I've been at for 5 years to focus on my career as a photographer/writer. Here's what I did on my first day
  1. Since I don't know when my next paycheque is coming I had to down the price range of my snacks. Still the same deliciousness though
  2. Sat at my desk at the street dreams magazine office and sent emails to potential employers for contract work and discussed this years plans with SD mag
  3. Went out for a walk in the rain
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Walking around my town on Christmas waiting for Star Wars. The sunniest Vancouver Christmas.
  1. Front street tunnel
  2. Stair shadow
  3. Northwest Pole
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When I started college I asked my friend for some book recommendations. He recommended "The Alchemist". I've always heard of it and everyone that I asked about it told me it was such a great read. I don't disagree that it's an awesome book but I explored the rest of his catalog and found these books a more interesting read
  1. Veronica Decides to Die
  2. Manuscripts left in Acra
    Probably my favourite book by him ever.
  3. Witch of Portobello
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Sometimes you just need to relax
  1. Rick James
  2. The records I actually got for my girl
  3. Antique Alley
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  1. Tracker
  2. Van
  3. Westfalia
  1. Study very hard
  2. Seek the mother and the father and the daughter will follow
  3. Don't look at people by what they do, but what they've done
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I've always stated that the amount of followers you have doesn't always account to how awesome a Photographer is. So here's my top 10 favourite photographers that have yet to hit the 10k mark. (In no particular order)
  1. 1.
    Zhamak Fullad (@ zhamakthecat) she's awesome because, one she's from my city and I've met her so I know she's actually awesome. She takes good risks and actually has portrait concepts.
  2. 2.
    Julian Burgueno (@ julianbpp) this guy just has the fuckin angles. Angles on angles on angles
  3. 3.
    Heather Amistad (@ h.va) I just finished her write up for the upcoming issue of Street Dreams Magazine. Living in the Pacific Northwest you get a lot of cliche landscape shots but she really emphasizes finding your own perspective and challenging people's eyes.
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Although I do enjoy Instagram and have made many friends through the app, I feel that Instagram changed an art form that I hold dearly to my heART.
  1. Everyone can be a "photographer"
    It's true. Anyone can be a photographer. Fact is, you don't even have to own a camera anymore. An iPhone will do just fine these days. More and more I see people choosing photography as a creative outlet(which I'm not against) but with the help of Instagram, a person who has only just picked up a camera can gain a massive following if they've taken, well more like duplicated the right shots. With that being said..
  2. Instagram tells you what a "good" photo is
    Just how topics on Twitter become "trending", so do photos. Why is that an a-symmetrical, super sharp New York street or a person with their back turned to the camera facing a scenic mountain view of the Pacific Northwest or a an #ootd in front of a white brick wall so popular? The Instagram community deems it as a good photo. In order to gain "likes" and followers, people must post what people like. Honestly, I am tired of the floating sneaker shots.
  3. Followers does not equal Artistic level
    Companies are hiring photographers with high following counts. It's a smart move marketing-wise. I get that. I feel that companies are hiring photographers that they know will get those "typical" shots. There is little to no concept anymore. Photographers, you need to know that you don't need followers to tell you you're an amazing artist.
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