What with the ubiquity of social media, we are constantly bombarded with images of the lives of others–their trips, their jobs, their love lives, their breakfast, lunch and dinner. You don’t have to be incredibly insightful to deduce that the incessant updates of other people’s lives might contribute to our feelings that we may be “missing out” on fun and excitement, or that we may not be “measuring up” to the successes of our peers.

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His life was precious and significantly shorter than a life should be. When I read this letter, it reminds me that, while my life has already been longer than his, I still only have a small amount of time on this Earth. I don’t know if I’m going to have the next couple of decades that I’ve been counting on to get done all the things that I hope to do. You just don’t know.

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I recently purchased a book that I cannot put down. It’s called The Photographer’s Playbook (edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern, FYI). I discovered it while reading through an issue of Juxtapoz magazine a few months ago. This was back when I first moved home and felt that tiny flame of creativity reignite. It contains 307 assignments and ideas submitted by renowned photographers and filmmakers (Roger Ballen, Miranda July, Stephen Shore, etc) and photography teachers

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