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The FINDING YOUR VISION mentorship is ready for sign-ups!
You must sign up on the original post only, not at any reshares. Click through to the original post below or go to +teresa pilcher's profile stream to find the post.

Sign up will be open until Saturday the 10th March. Selections will begin on the 11th March for the Mentorship beginning Monday the 19th March 2018.
The FINDING YOUR VISION mentorship is ready for sign-ups!


This is a special program designed specifically for beginner to intermediate Street Photographers. (Please note "Beginner" means you've shot some Street Photography prior to taking this mentorship)

Most people think that Photography is all about cameras and lenses. It actually about ideas and creativity, it’s about seeing the world in a different way, finding a unique way to express yourself and finding your own personal vision.

In this mentorship I will share my understanding of the elements that make a strong image. Firstly by analysing images captured. Secondly by increased awareness through mindful practice at Street. By the end of the mentorship, participants will have a better understanding of these elements, that should be reflected in their images. Also a better understand principles of design and their own personal vision.

This is a free mentorship is offered through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers


I will be taking on a handful of people for an 8 week on-line mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

I’ve been taking photos for 35 years, and have specialised in Street Photography for the past 3 years.
I’m a Sphere 2 graduate from the Arcanum. Most of my Street Photography has been self taught, but also formally through workshops and the Arcanum.

The applicants will need to be already have experience shooting Street Photography.
You will need to be available to shoot at street at least once a week for 6 of the 8 week program.
Assignments will be posted on a Friday so you need have time available to complete them each week.
You own/ have access to a camera that you can shoot in Automatic / Aperture Priority/ Shutter Priority.
Processing in Adobe Lightroom or similar is preferred but not essential.



PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a technical workshop. You can use any kind of camera that you can shoot on aperture /shutter priority. Either point and shoot, DSLR or mirrorless, you will need to be familiar with your own camera. Processing will covered, but please do not outlay any money for software.

Sign up will be open until Saturday the 10th March. Selections will begin on the 11th March for the Mentorship beginning Monday the 19th March 2018.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking street photos and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)
• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You have no previous studies in this subject, since this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity or advantage to add this skill set to their knowledge base.
• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.



To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here: (your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:



1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most
3) Level of Street Photography experience
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession
6) Previous art studies
7) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CC
3) None? Beginner? Intermediate?
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk
6) I have no previous art studies
7) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus
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Sign ups start March 7th on +teresa pilcher's profile
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This is a great mentorship ... don't miss out!
Finding Your Vision - is a free mentorship for beginner to intermediate Street Photographers. #FYV2018

Over the past 2 years I have participated in several programmes offered through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers
Not only have I met other amazing photographers, but I’ve developed skills and grown creatively.
As a way to Pay it Forward, I have since developed my own 8 week mentorship to help street photographers develop their own personal style or vision.

Sign ups start March 7th right here on my profile. I will explain more details on the next post. So watch this space.

This 8 week Mentorship will start on March 19th.

+Alex Lapidus +Ron Clifford +Robin Griggs Wood +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers #FindingYourVision
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"to me the genuine interest in our growth displayed by +Alex Lapidus, +Heiko Mahr and the other moderators was the icing on the cake. The camaraderie, dedication and the willingness to inspire, learn and teach has made this the most enriching learning experience I’ve had as an adult. Thank you so much +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, for fostering this environment of giving and bettering ourselves and our talents." ~ +Lucille Galleli

Omigosh, folks, you've got to read Lucille's words ... she's a really good writer ... :o)). Thank you, Lucille, for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Graduation Post - Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2017

Thanks to this mentorship I now have new arsenal to make the most mundane scene come to life.

Being acquainted with the blurry work of several bigwigs of G+, I didn’t hesitate to grab at a chance to get into the Blurs and Unsharps 2017 Mentorship led by +Alex Lapidus. Of course I believed I was just going to learn to use my camera differently. Unbeknownst to me, I had just signed up to change my life and vision completely.

Coming from a world where super sharp is prized, I was not sure how well I’d take to this new way of seeing things. I had my answer in the very first week. From taking just 150 photos during the first 6 months of the year, the mentorship had me glued to my viewfinder almost 24x7. And each experiment had me hooked even further.

During the mentorship I walked the same streets that I did a hundred times before and suddenly everything came to life. There was no subject to poor to shoot. No vision impossible to bring to life. I was like a kid in a candy store… and better still, I had an unlimited budget.

And inspiration, Ah! That elusive little pixie that makes life so beautiful, she wandered in our midst in gleeful abandon settling on our shoulder while we snuggled up to scroll through the various versions of vision churned out by members from around the globe.

From rotate & zoom blurs, panning, multiple exposure, reflection, shooting through objects, pinhole camera experiments, phone apps, software filters and various other techniques we learnt and polished - blur and unsharp gave me my photography something I’ve been long seeking - expression: be it depicting energy, floral photography, self-portraits or street. I still haven’t reached the limit of what blur can add to my photography, but I feel like Alice sliding down the rabbit hole, each nook and cranny a world of wonder and exciting discoveries.

I look around and I see how the world has embraced blur - from advertisements to movie posters to journalistic articles, and I can’t stop a whoop of delight knowing that this mentorship has given the confidence to go out and make such images. I no longer scratch my head in wonder at a poster, I can puzzle out the pieces of the composition and yeah, quite cocky of me, but sometimes I can suggest improvements 😛

Over the 8 weeks and beyond, there was much to be gleaned from the posts of the mentors, moderators and students. Each post working to spark ideas for a new story to be told and pictured. The technical information is an absolute gold mine, but to me the genuine interest in our growth displayed by +Alex Lapidus, +Heiko Mahr and the other moderators was the icing on the cake. The camaraderie, dedication and the willingness to inspire, learn and teach has made this the most enriching learning experience I’ve had as an adult. Thank you so much +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, for fostering this environment of giving and bettering ourselves and our talents.

So if you are thinking of joining a mentorship, but aren’t sure what it has for you, here’s a list you can run through: New techniques, New skills, New opportunities to experiment, a whole new Vision of the world, heck, keys to a secret new world! There are other pluses too: Great new support group and if you are lucky enough, invitations to hang with some of the coolest photographers you’ll even know!

Thanks again Alex for your time, energy, patience, talent and above all, your gift of giving. Your Karma is worth an eternity of sheer bliss.
My heartfelt gratitude to all the moderators and participants for their encouragement and support.
And +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, a tip of the hat for this amazing initiative!

Besitos,
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Another mentorship program coming soon!
The fabulous +teresa pilcher is doing her extra-fabulous mentorship on Street Photography again! Stay tuned to +teresa pilcher's profile stream on March 7th to catch the sign-up post!
Here's what previous attendees had to say about it:
"It's a wonderful and supportive community and I developed a new way of seeing the world." ~ +Caleb Asch

"What can I say! I'm amazed and surprised at my results and will be forever thankful to the Mentorship Program here on G+ for stretching my creative abilities above and beyond my expectations." ~ +Diana Brown

"I can honestly say that I have learnt so much, not only from Teresa and the mentors, but also from the incredibly talented group of fellow mentees who were generous in their support and input into critique." ~ +Kitten KaboodleInc
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"We played, we laughed, we explored, we shared, we supported each other, cheered each other on, learned, and shed the shackles of clarity for the joy and freedom of blurry wonder." ~ +Su Buehler

Terrific album, Su! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
The past several weeks have found me extremely and happily busy learning how to create abstract and interesting scenes using Blurs and Unsharp Photography. This has opened wide a whole world of interesting techniques and methods of creating art wherein the story lies not only in the scene, but even more in the colours, blurry shapes and wiggly lines, motion, dynamic ranges, patterns and wonderful splashes of "what?"-dom.

This was the result of my participation in a +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers led by +Alex Lapidus, +Heiko Mahr and +Robin Griggs Wood. What a truly amazing experience! What an unbelievable gift that these generous people share with those willing to learn, to work, to play, to create, to imagine.

Over the course of 8 weeks, they shared a different blurry topic each week, giving the participants a chance to shoot hundreds of images in many different styles, giving them the freedom to explore ideas and share experiences that are typically considered less than "correct". Isn't the idea to have the most tack-sharp images possible? Photographers go to great lengths, spend thousands of dollars on lenses and cameras, hoping to achieve the perfect clarity, and now we were being allowed to not only have out of focus images, but intentionally create blurry, fuzzy, distorted, stretched and otherwise warped images! And oh, what fun we had!

We played, we laughed, we explored, we shared, we supported each other, cheered each other on, learned, and shed the shackles of clarity for the joy and freedom of blurry wonder.

What came of this for me was a new sense of artistic perspective. Even though I may not shoot blurs frequently, what I have found is that some blur provides such a wonderful sense of motion and emotion that it is likely to find it's way into my photography on a fairly regular basis. I love colour, shadows and light, refraction, reflection, distortion, I love to make the viewer think and ponder and wonder and blink. We go through life too often without thinking, without sensing and without questioning the world around us, simply believing it will always be thus.

But the world is too big and too diverse to even consider that it will always be the way we think of it now. I'm so looking forward to continuing to explore a blurry and fuzzy and unsharp world, and play to my heart's content, and I fully intend to share the joy that I have found in this world. I hope that someone else will also enjoy what I share.
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"I would say, this mentorship was one of the most precious experiences which happened for me here on G+." ~ +Lena Konstantinova

Wow, such great images, Lena! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Hi, all !
It took me way too long to reach to my #Graduation album for #FYV217 , lead by wonderful +teresa pilcher​ with the help of talented +Karolina Trapp​ and +Rich Barbara​ and provided by +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, organized and directed by +Robin Griggs Wood​, +Ron Clifford​, and +Alex Lapidus
First I broke my hand , then went to vacation... But you, guys, were here for me, and I got the same great support and feedback as if I was not behind , but was always with you .
I got millions of great tips from Teresa, her great team and my fellow - classmates , and I try to remember and use them in my photography, I got to know and to follow many talented photographers ( I'm talking about you, guys!!) , each one with different style and approach to "Street". Every week lesson was priceless for me , and what is very important, we learned new things without breaking our own style , but moreover, developed our vision and contributed to our style. I would say, this mentorship was one of the most precious experiences which happened for me here on G+.
THANK YOU, dear Teresa and my other friends !!!
Here are several pictures :)
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"We take more risks.
We experiment.
We play.
We make mistakes.
We ask questions.
We encourage and support.
We strengthen our creative voices.
We expand our photographic vision." ~ +Shari Miller

Marvelous post and album, Shari! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
"This feels to me as if it's completely yours, with the glowing light and gentle colors, but you've taken that one last step away from reliance on a flower or wisp of grass as a subject, and simply owned the light itself." - Alex Lapidus

In May, I decided to take a dive down the rabbit hole. +Alex Lapidus and +Heiko Mahr had once again opened up their "Blurs & Unsharp Photography: Guided Play" mentorship through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers , and I was along for the ride. I had seen the work of previous participants, and I was very intrigued by the abstract beauty that they were producing. Instead of preoccupying their creative minds with the goal of tack sharp imagery, this would be an intentional journey in the opposite direction. Instead of clarity and detail, this became about light, form, color, shape, and myriad opportunities for experimentation.

With Alex Lapidus's weekly assignments and experiments in play - yes, play - we were invited to try things we might never have thought of before - or things that, perhaps, we had feared trying before: intentional camera movement, zoom blur, multiple exposure imagery, post-processing options, experiments that might be new to us in Photoshop and Lightroom, and many others - even including shooting through wine glasses or strainers from our kitchen!

Also each week, +Heiko Mahr offered up other forms of inspiration by introducing us to new photographers with links to their work and writings about their own creative philosophies. Seeing where these various strategies and techniques could lead offered much nourishment to the Muse and opened up even greater visions of what might be possible as we take these ideas and merge them with our own unique photographic styles and voice.

And then to see the work of the other participants...oh my. There is something about being in a community of like-minded creatives who are willing to experiment and share - both their work that they deem a success and their work that is still "in process" - that seems to collectively inspire and open up possibilities within all of us.

We take more risks.
We experiment.
We play.
We make mistakes.
We ask questions.
We encourage and support.
We strengthen our creative voices.
We expand our photographic vision.

And so, when +Alex Lapidus said the words that began this post, in response to my graduation image (the third photograph in the accompanying album), it is no wonder that the Muse within me was awakened once again. Because in the end, isn't the creative process about just that? Isn't it about finding a voice that is completely yours - while continually challenging ourselves to take steps away from reliance on the familiar, comfortable realm to pursue new horizons?

Thank you, +Alex Lapidus, +Heiko Mahr, and all of the participants in this wonderful mentorship from the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers. You inspire me.
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"Being here has opened my eyes to another world one of feeling and imagination." ~ +Deb Coning

Terrific photos, Deb! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Blurs and unfocused photography the final chapter and photo album.

I been thinking long and hard what I wanted to express. The last 8 weeks I have been on an amazing journey called the Blurs and Unfocused photography mentorship. This has been such a wonderful experience. A voyage I wont soon forget. Being here has opened my eyes to another world one of feeling and imagination. For most of us we put photography into different boxes with hard set rules for each. Its about reality, clear communication, like coloring within the lines. But what if someone steps outside those lines and finds a brave new world to discover. And that is what Alex Lapidus and Heiko Mahr did. And better yet once they got good at it they came back to get others to learn and experiment with. Guided play he called it. He gathered others from all over the world to join in and then opened his toolbox and taught us. What an amazing gift and to that all I can say is thank you to him and the others who bounced ideas and words of encouragement from one to another in our group and past groups. I hope we stay in touch.

This is what G plus mentorships are about the sharing of ideas and knowledge.Thanks Robin Woods and Ron Clifford for creating this site and encouraging others to share. This is how photography should be developed. One person taking his time to share his knowledge with others who work together to build on that knowledge and then passing it on to the next generation. So if you have the opportunity to take one don't pass it up

Here's my final album with a few of my favorites.

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"What I hoped for was to find one or two ideas to bring into my photography as continue forward. I got an bucket load of ideas, many to work on and refine and have come away with a sense that with continued practice there is a great many things to discover and inspire." ~ +Angelo Gifford

Wonderful album, Angelo! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Blurs & Unsharp mentorship - Graduation Album

I am extremely grateful and fortunate to have been able to attend a second Google+ mentorship on the subject of Blur and Unsharp Photography. The programme is organised by +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, +Robin Griggs Wood and was developed and led by the highly energitic +Alex Lapidus with artistic commentary and support by +Heiko Mahr.

For the past few years I have been primarily focusing on Street Photography and, for just over a year now, I have been posting online fairly regularly. What intrigued about this program was to explore another dimension of photography of blurred and unsharp aspects of picture taking.

While I appreciate and admire great light, colour and storytelling in a street photo, I also appreciate styles that explore impressions, feelings and moods which can sometimes be expressed in photos without whole pin sharp digital clarity.

What I found with the programme was a course that explored many dimensions and techniques of photographing without emphasis on sharpness. The course was done in the spirit of sharing technique upon technique and getting out and practicing and discovering what can be acheived.

My group was the fourth group to attend this programme, and invited to help were many students from previous programmes. So we are able to see how others from past years have been inspired to incorporate these techniques into their own work and becoming inspirational experts in themselves.

What I hoped for was to find one or two ideas to bring into my photography as continue forward. I got an bucket load of ideas, many to work on and refine and have come away with a sense that with continued practice there is a great many things to discover and inspire.

I have particularly enjoyed exploring unfocused shots, intentional camera movement, multiple explosures and techniques of blending as well as ways of using lenses new and old to add blurring and unsharpness. What surprised me the most is that we could look at the work of artists and photographers and begin to discover ways of stylising photos that could bring our photography into expressions of art.

So I have greatly enjoyed the experience, and made many new friends online. If you have read this far and think a course like this would suit you, then follow the Google+ Mentorship program. It is a great experience, I can't recommend enough for all skill levels.
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"The open exchange of ideas and the ability to put yourself out there was great for me personally. I tried new things and got great feedback and support along the way. Seeing the images from other group members gave me ideas that would never have occurred to me." ~ +Karen Migliaccio

Marvelous photos, Karen! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2017

The Google Plus Mentorship for Blurs and Unsharp Photography was a wonderful opportunity for me to explore ideas and processes for making images in new ways. Led by +Alex Lapidus and +Heiko Mahr, lessons were presented and assignments designed to allow the students to really dig in as much as we desired. There are a number of things I really enjoyed about this mentorship.

Ways to add (or subtract) energy from my images using motion blur, focus and other other techniques sparked creativity. I never have to worry about "not seeing anything interesting", because I can now consider using techniques to MAKE it interesting.

Information about art and photography history and the roots of the methods were really interesting. Also, the supplemental lessons from the wider mentor group gave us more examples and in-depth information which I loved. Thank you to the teachers and mentors in the group!

The discussions in the group and the ability to ask questions and seek advice were invaluable. The open exchange of ideas and the ability to put yourself out there was great for me personally. I tried new things and got great feedback and support along the way. Seeing the images from other group members gave me ideas that would never have occurred to me. The photo stream was inspiring and breathtaking.

I have tried blur techniques to a limited extent in the past. The way the course is designed to provide LOTS of practice really makes a difference. Taking the time to really practice the in-camera techniques led to greater success and satisfaction. I definitely plan to use a number of the techniques to develop more unusual and interesting images.

Giving feedback to other group members on their images is such a wonderful process. I believe that taking time to consider what you like or don't like about an image and formulating the feedback really helps to clarify your own thinking. Getting feedback on my images was so very helpful and encouraging. Many, many thanks to everyone who gave me feedback. It really made a difference to me!

Many thanks again to Alex for all your inspiration and support, to Heiko who encouraged us to think differently, to +Robin Griggs Wood and +Ron Clifford who along with Alex keep these amazing mentorships going, and of course to all the alumni and mentees who made this such a rewarding experience.
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