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Tips for Photographing Strangers
28 Mar 2017

Tips for Photographing Strangers

Anyone who ventures into the world with a camera in hand knows that, at some point, they will face the challenge of photographing someone they don’t know. Being photographed, depending on your disposition, can be a relaxing, fun, expressive opportunity, or if you are like me, can be a truly awkward experience. Photographing strangers can be a complex dance of psychology, body-language, dialogue, and luck,...

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Spotlight: Mouthfeel Magazine
23 Mar 2017

Spotlight: Mouthfeel Magazine

Mouthfeel is not, according to its mission statement, a gay man’s Good Housekeeping. As the suggestive title might suggest, the Brooklyn-based magazine does deal with the culinary world in a very different way. It might be described a little bit gay and a little bit rock and roll—or perhaps as an adventure in frenetic typography, cut-and-paste artwork, food, and vintage gay porn (that somehow manages...

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Book Inspiration: Literary Journals and Magazines
21 Mar 2017

Book Inspiration: Literary Journals and Magazines

A successful literary magazine is made up of more than just good writing. It has a good concept, it’s attractive to read, and it has a compelling look and feel. I remember as a teenager and aspiring writer, I was taking the ferry from Vallejo to San Francisco and I saw a woman reading Story Magazine. The title, the masthead and the simple pen-and-ink cover...

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Fundraising: Get People to Buy the Book
16 Mar 2017

Fundraising: Get People to Buy the Book

Bake sales, car washes, silent auctions, galas—whether it’s for school, church, or saving the animals, we’re always looking for fresh ways to raise funds and involve the community in the great non-profit work that stirs our passions. Have you considered selling books instead of brownies and cookies? Have you considered selling one item instead of many at a rummage sale? Try fundraising by making a...

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Essay: A Work in Progress
14 Mar 2017

Essay: A Work in Progress

Tell the reader a little about yourself and your background. I currently work as “Creative Evangelist” for Blurb, but I spent the bulk of my adult life working full-time as a professional photographer. I originally studied photojournalism but created all kinds of images during my career. Documentary, portrait, editorial, and commercial, etc. What is ESSAY Magazine? ESSAY is my attempt at a tribute to the...

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