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f irst word Times have changed. Is a picture still worth a thousand words? Over the centuries, people have gathered around campfires, in town halls, over meals and in other places to tell their stories, and these gatherings have been central to shaping our culture and our communities. In more recent times some people have lamented that the art of storytelling has been lost amidst the rise of different technologies. Perhaps there is some truth in this, but I also wonder if perhaps it's just the way we tell stories that has changed. One such medium for storytelling in the time in which we now live is digital photography. A photograph has the ability to convey emotion, mood, narrative, ideas and messages – all of which are important elements of storytelling. In this issue of Seaside Magazine we present the winners of our First Annual Photography contest, Seaside Snapshots. We also showcase our second issue of Seaside Fashion. Both of these features are driven by photography. An objective for many photographers is to produce direct, truthful and bold images that tell the stories for those who have no voice. Photography is the ability to evoke feelings and experiences that cannot be described with words. Call it vision, imagination, or seeing … it all comes down to the same thing: the

ability to envision a final result in your mind's eye and then make it so with your tools at hand. It's about seeing something, and knowing how you want it to look. With our cover choice, "Fog Lifting Patricia Bay" by Monica Reekie, the photo allows our imagination to simply drift into the sea. With fashion and design becoming a driving force in our culture, photographs of such can be even more challenging to portray. Designers influence not only the way we look and the shape of things around us, but also the way we live and think. What used to be distinct realms – architecture, fashion, design, art, cinema, music and food – have now blurred: fashion designers open restaurants and hotels, musicians design fashion collections and artists make Hollywood movies. More than ever, what we choose to buy, wear, display, experience and live with – whether it's the platform shoes in the store window, the family vacation purchased on the Internet, the watch on our wrist, the car in our garage, the wine for our parties or the blankets in our bedroom – influences how people look at us. When perception is reality, for better or worse, it becomes shorthand for who we are. So whether you're shooting photography for your own short story, or for fashion, food, travel, architecture, or simply because you love it, keep the storytelling alive. As a magazine publisher, I know how important it is to have a mix of great photography among well-written words. Thank you again for all the photo submissions. You are all very talented artists!

Sue Hodgson,

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Seaside Magazine September 2013 Issue  
Seaside Magazine September 2013 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...