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STARE As artists, we think about things differently than the “average Joe” on the street. The city is filled with people of different ethnicities, personalities, careers, and lives. What is it about people watching’ in the city that’s fascinating? Is it watching their behavior? Their fashion choices? Or just their movements they make? Watching people do every day tasks is interesting to artists for different reasons. We focus on what job they could be doing, why they could be doing it.

We focus on the probable reasons for their behavior, their reactions to their surroundings, and reactions with other people. As an artist that is interested in visuals, one could look at the different colors used around them. Such as colors of vehicles, street signs, architecture, or just the clothing worn by people. A photographer might look at people and the surrounding cityscape and be interested in the layout as a photograph.

A fashion designer may focus on the clothing of the surrounding people, the fabric used, or style of clothing. Sound designers may focus on the sounds that are heard in the city, such as vehicles, construction, or people talking on their phones. A model may look at the faces of the people that walk by, their posture, and how they move. Artists use their talents in many ways, and not just designing clothes, a photograph, or an illustration. We take even the simplest of tasks like watching everyday people on the streets and make it fascinating. Written by Emmy Daigle Photography by Joshua Duffy, Matthew McIntosh, and Emmy Daigle







Photographs: ŠMaggie Younkin


I started with my mothers Irish Linen n heirloom doilies, creating what I now know as drapes or prototypes. Between ages 5-7.

The inspiration for my current line came from my fascination of the many women explorers throughout history. Their strengths, curiosities, fierceness in femininity even their wanderlust.

I am just recently considering the identity of what others call "my style". I'm just me, doing what comes natural with vintage fabrics, surface manipulation and embellishments in a gypsy coming of age kind of freshness.


I learned while young, how to make rough patterns using paper bags, butcher wrap or the Sunday comics, and use leftover fabric and hand me downs, thanks to my only sister. This allowed me possibilities to experiment. Even tho my family could not afford the shopping for style, I could have the looks. It carried over into adulthood, serving well to help or gift others as well.





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My dream client would be Steven Tyler or Stevie Nicks!

Dream deep! Remember that the most beautiful trees sway in the fiercest storms, even bending low, yet are deeply rooted and sure. They too have dry seasons and seasons that bare no fruit, but offer shade and remain strong.

Most of the time the materials select me. I am blessed to usually just see what the materials or fabrics are supposed to be.

Madeleine Vionnet, another trailblazer in our history, an incredibly gifted innovator as well as a pioneering humanitarian. Her story is quite lovely. Her surviving designs are at the Metropolitan Museum.



With a New Year right here, we are again at that point of the year when we try to figure out what the next big thing in fashion will be. New fashion collections appear for 2015, like Alexander Wang’s, and we all do our best to prepare for a new year of innovation, one that seems to be a lot more interesting than 2014. The fashion world is always evolving. It changes and what is really hot right now will most likely be seen as an old, expired trend tomorrow. Fashion watchers now see the fashion industry practically introducing brand new looks every day to respond to an increase in demands.

combination that is highlighted through the use of vibrant prints and clashing In the past, people were not that aware colours. This is seen by many as the of trends, and fashion was not as hottest fashion trend that will appear important as it is now. Now, besides in 2015. reading articles, social networks like Facebook and Twitter make it easy to Focus will be on cuts, manufacturing quickly see fashion show images and techniques, colours and materials. videos, changing everything. There is A really strong contrast will appear a clear increase in demand and new and there will be a lot of use of shiny designers appear, trying to come up surfaces, metallic surfaces, complex with the new look and promoting it materials and edgy shapes. The further through social media. influence of antique ornaments will be pretty strong in 2015 and there Social media also becomes an is a possibility that some vintage important medium for the small to elements will also be added to the mix medium sized fashion designers and as more classic-minded designers are retailers to sell, making it easier to expected to offer more fashion lines, increase profits. People are much thus allows for a more complex showing. more aware of what happens and in 2015 we will see even more traffic Textile fabrics (weaves and knits) with revolving around fashion sectors of stripes, subdued effects and checks social networks. We will see new will be seen as a fashion trend in fashion designers who try to use 2015. Jewel tones like electric blue and social media and the internet to bottle green will appear as standouts, sell and promote their creations. as compared to the past seasons Becoming a fashion designer has icy tones. We are basically moving become easy but we will not see towards a warmer fashion. many who will gain a lot of attention, although hundreds will most likely try to find their place in the sun.

The Influence of Social Media

Shades & Colours for 2015

Every fashion lover wants to predict what shades or colours will dominate the wardrobe in the months to come. That is tough to predict but it is expected that see-through material will be really big in 2015. At the same time, we already notice the emergence of figurative patterns and graphics in a

Social media also becomes an important medium for the small to medium sized fashion designers and retailers to sell, making it easier to increase profits.


As always, we do expect to notice new attempts to come up with something that is stunning. As you surely figured out from what was mentioned

above, 2015 will be a year of innovation, with many designers emerging and with the well-known players in the industry bringing in more fashion lines. Because of this, we will surely

see some fashion lines that will try to bring in something that is completely new. Make sure to subscribe to the big online fashion magazines so that you can see the new fashion lines as

they appear. You never know when something stunning hits you. 2015 will be a great year to follow fashion. Source: http://www.fibre2fashion. com/industry-article/

Photography by Š Emily Bernu Photography

In the Garden of the Red Queen The Red Queen wanders through her garden Leaves rustle quietly as she passes under the trees.

Her realm is dyed by the color of passion: Red gown, red lips, red world.

Alone in her garden, she seeks a solace That can only come from the strength of the earth and new growth.

Outside, the Red Queen knows the world is a different place So she allows her garden to enfold her in its keep.


INTERVIEW WITH LOCAL CLOTHING DESIGNER, TONY SOUTH, AND HIS HIT FASHION LINE, MERMAIDS & ACCOLADES. We caught up with Tony South, and his friends, at the Kitty Kat Klub for this exclusive interview. 1. How did you become interested in fashion? When I was younger I realized that clothes are so cool. Like you can use clothes to make yourself different from everyone else. Why would you choose to copy people? So for me it was always interesting to stand out and be different. Being the first guy to have a new trend. Then as I got older i started to try and set my own trends for others to follow.

2. When did you start your company? How did you come up with the name? My fashion company started last year. We started doing screen printed shirts until I learned how to sew. But now everything is cut and sew. The name Mermaids & Accolades represents temptation and rewards (treasure) it’s a nautical tribute. Mermaids were the temptress of the sea they would lure you in and sometimes rip your heart out. Accolades are accomplishments and treasures you have. Sometimes in life you have to choose between temptations or working hard and getting

accolades. With our brand we work hard and get to enjoy the temptations. Temptations include all the fun stuff! 3. What does your average work day look like? I produce alot of custom zipups. So my average day consist of talking with customers on social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr) and getting to know them so I can make the perfect shirt they wanted. I then go fabric shopping for materials. Do some reading and picture viewing online for inspiration. Then I usually sew designs at night. I then post it online when I’m done.

Fashion designer, Tony South, wearing a unique and one of a kind shirt he sewed himself.









Minnesota, sporting a custom zipper pull up.

For decades now it has been largely thought that the roads to high fashion and the luxurious life led straight to those few stylish meccas of the world. Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities.

the past few years, devotees of the latest trends have been searching for their next big look not just to the fashion hallmarks, but much closer to home. This has led them to the work of local stylists such as Tray Styles.

Since the dawn of social media and the establishment of such sites as Twitter and Instagram into daily life access to high style has been made easier for consumers and more specifically for artists to reach out to a much wider and broader audience. Over

A Wisconsin native who now resides within the Twin Cities, Styles performs in a variety of fields such as make up artistry, art directing, and personal shopping. With a personal love of the fresh, urban design, she works not just with personal clients, but

also with department stores, locally owned boutiques, and editorial projects. While her influence has spread across the nation over the past five years, she moreover uses her knowledge and experience to guide other budding young artists wanting to work within the fashion field. A gallery of her and her work can be found on her website

A red carpet, photographers, videographers, designers, models, bloggers, a runway; when putting all of these together one might think of New York, Los Angeles, or Paris. However, all of these elements actually add up to Minnesota’s first ever fashion awards show, an event hosted by Vargas Productions and sponsored by such names as Bentley Minneapolis, Lavender magazine, AVIV Vodka, and many others. Held at The Depot in Minneapolis on October 4th, 2014, this

soiree was put on in an attempt to bring awareness to and highlight Minnesotan talent in the fashion industry. In the true spirit of an awards show, dress code was black tie (though optional), and awards for Best Dressed were handed out along with such titles as Best Stylist, Best Male Model, Best Photographer, a Lifetime Achievement Award, etc. Guests and nominees trickled in down the red carpet, stopped by the flash of cameras and possibly even interviewed by local

style icons Brandon McCray and Justin Jones from Lav.fash and Sarah Edwards of I AM MLPS! The reception area of the evening was a luxury showcase, with Bentley’s and Maserati’s on display along with a bar, a slow motion camera booth, and the runway- the stage for which four native design teams would present their current looks based on a given theme (this year’s was James Bond) and judged on. Panel judges Richard Moody (I am Moody), Jon Charles, San-

dy Simmons (Director Fashion Group MN), and Laura Schara would tally scores based on hair, make up, style, and overall creativity. This year’s team of designers put on a fashion show in and of itself. Team MINQ did a set in more traditional runway style with model strutting their stuff in gorgeous evening attire while WarPaint International started their look off with a performance from rock musician Hastings 3000. They also choreographed a short skit of their male mod-

el Bond with three seductive vixens to transition their evening wear look into their lingerie collection. Team Showroom lived up to their name, not only creating a hodgepodge of Bondthemed apparel, but also putting together a mini performance with explosions and femme fatales. Team Atmosfere went completely against the Bond theme, instead displaying their more 50 Shades of Grey collection to a complicated runway walk through and singer. After the ex-

travaganza, winners and losers and everyone in between spent the rest of the night (at least into the first hour of the morning) gambling, drinking, dancing, and chatting in a ballroom, Casino Royale style. Needles to say, the entire event went smoothly, and plans for a 2015 Runway Rumble are in the works. I guess you could say that it’s a‌sure bet.

URBAN ART Kelly Hunger

There was a time, not that long ago, when graffiti was deemed to be merely a destructive form of mischievousness. When bridges, buildings, and public structures were tagged with artists’ work, the work was quickly obliterated, and the “culprits” were hunted down and strung up by their toenails (OK, maybe not that drastic, but they were prosecuted). Why were these deviants frowned upon so much? It was mostly because the graphics that were scrawled into public view were seen as not fitting into the urban landscape. Fast forward a few decades, and we’re met with a situation where artists (normally anonymous) are allowed to express themselves by beautifying our surroundings, and color our world. The images seen on these pages are just a few examples of how this new form of art, and personal expression fit beautifully within our city.

Photographs ©Sonya Hay

Photograph ©Keith Drake


One of the best preserved neolithic towns is Catal Huyuk, covering some 32 acres in southern Turkey. Here the houses are rectangular, with windows but no doors. They adjoin each other, like cells in a honeycomb, and the entrance to each is through the roof. The windows are a happy accident, made possible by the sloping site. Each house projects a little above its neighbour, providing space for the window. Not surprisingly, an idea as excellent as this catches on elsewhere and brings with it other improvements. In a walled village or town, on a flat site, windows require the introduction of lanes Stone Age graves and temples: 5th2nd millennium BC. The massive neolithic architecture of western Europe begins, in the 5th millennium BC, with passage graves. The name reflects the design. In any such grave a stone passage leads into the centre of a great mound of turf, where a tomb chamber - with walls made first of wood but later of stone contains the distinguished dead of the surrounding community. A famous early example of a stone passage grave, from about 4000 BC on the Île Longue off the coast of Brittany, has a magnificent dome formed by corbelling (each ring of stone juts slightly inwards from the one below). It is the same principle as the beehive tombs of Mycenae, but they are more than 2000 years later. Gascoigne, Bamber. HistoryWorld. From 2001, ongoing.

“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.� -David Allan Coe

Architecture Around The World “Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.� -Frank Lloyd Wright

Photography by Š Donner Humenberger



Walker Art Center has one of the most prominent collections of contemporary art in the entire country. Living in Minnesota it’s easy to forget just how lucky we are to have such a globally recognized museum in the area. The building extends its sharp chin over the streets of Hennepin Ave demanding attention from daily commuters below coming out of the lowery tunnel on Highway 94. The silver cubic tower expansion that became the main attraction of the museum was contracted in 1999 after the Walker engaged the Pritzker Prize–winning Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. The cubic tower is wrapped in alminium-mesh panels. Also added was the all glass hallway that connects the building to the existing wing. The new space included a theater, skyline room for events, museum show and a fine dining restaurant and bar.



Photography by Š Kathleen Devine


WITH INSTAGRAM and Twitter, the food photograph has taken off to levels that nobody could have imagined just a couple decades ago. This overabundance of food imagery has diluted the marketability of mediocre food photos. However, the usefulness of a professionally designed and photographed editorial food shot has not diminished. Designing an image for a high-end restaurant menu or print ad takes quite a bit more than simply pointing your smart phone at the plate that’s set in front of you at dinner.

After you’ve decided what to shoot, and whoat you’re going to put it in, you need to start plating. Unfortunately, you may not always have enough food to fill the dishes that you have, or that the client wants you to use.

The first task to undertake when you start designing your food photo is to decide what you’re going to shoot. The cover image was dictated by the client, as they needed an image for their Jambalaya for their online menu. After you’ve decided what food you’re going to be shooting, it’s a good idea to match your table setting to the mood of the food. For this image, the client supplied some great ceramic bowls with vibrant colors that accentuated the Jambalaya.

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There May not be ENOUGH TO GO AROUND... ...The trick here is to keep looking through the viewfinder of the camera to make sure that what you’re putting down on the tabletop looks presentable in camera. Here, you can see that both bowls are only half full, but the final image looks like there’s plenty to go around.


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FLAVOR CUES give your viewer the extra salivation factor. Seeing a steak by itself is tasty, but throw in a couple chunks of hickory, and the viewer will instantly know that the steak was grilled over a wood fire, and will have a great smoky taste.

Below: chopped jalapenos, red tomatoes, and avocado in the background add to the juicy guacamole in the foreground


Adding an extra splash of color helps with somewhat dull food like pork Chops. Here, sprigs of rosemary and thyme are added to not only compliment the flavor profile of the dish, but also to make the image pop.



Sometimes, the most compelling food images don’t even show the main part of the food that you’re photographing. Having a nice macro image can really add to the narrative that your food image is conveying.

...TO PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD (photographs) Even though your mother may have scolded you for pushing food around your plate, the skills you gained as a child can serve you well when creating a succesful food image. Small movements of tiny pieces of food can make a huge difference in the look of your final image.

All photographs ©Keith Drake

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The fans of Furious, Hell, Bender and Overrated showed up early, some shivering around an outdoor fire for more than an hour before Surly Brewing’s new beer hall was to throw open its doors for the first time. They hoped the food at this $30 million destination brewery in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood would be tasty. Some wondered about summer events that could be held outside the sprawling, industrial-looking building. A few wanted to snag new gear in the large brewery shop. But all of that, they said, was secondary. They had come — and would come again — for the beer. Many of the hundreds of

people who showed up for the brewery’s Friday opening said they were devotees of the brews and the brand that helped to rewrite state laws and allow craft brewing to become a growing force in the Twin Cities. Just before the brewery’s 11 a.m. opening, Surly founder Omar Ansari stepped outside, beer in hand, and surveyed the crowd. He introduced City Council Member Cam Gordon, who proclaimed Dec. 19 as “Surly Day,” in Minneapolis, thanked his wife, lead brewer and restaurant chief, and then briefly noted the long road to opening day. In addition to finding the right space, gathering funding and developing a

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devoted following, Ansari’s quest to build a brewery had required him to get involved in state politics. Until Gov. Mark Dayton signed the “Surly bill” into law in 2011, breweries had been banned from selling their beer on the same site they brewed it. In the time between Ansari’s initial push and the day the brewery opened to the public, other tasting rooms have popped up across the Twin Cities. Once the doors were opened, the brewery’s 90seat dining area filled up almost immediately. A line snaked all the way around the room, past the brewery shop and into the entryway. Servers hustled back and forth between the bar and

the kitchen. Within minutes, one of them noticed an enviable problem; “We’re out of menus!” she told Linda Haug, Surly’s restaurant director and wife of the lead brewer, Todd Haug. She assured the server more were being printed. With beer in hand, many people climbed the stairs to the brewery’s upper level, which offers room for larger events and a bird’s-eye view of the dining room and the brewery tanks behind a large glass wall. The 50,000-square-foot facility, on Malcolm Avenue SE. just off University Avenue, can fit 275 people and has a brewing capacity of more than 100,000 barrels per year. That’s three times as

much beer as the company could produce in its original facility in Brooklyn Center. A 1 ½-acre outdoor area will open in the spring. Some of the Surly fans who turned up Friday morning said they were excited about the idea of pairing particular beers with the brewery’s food offerings. Devon Grandbois, of Blaine, spoke for a while about the food-beer pairing potential, “Either way,” he said. “Even if the food was not so good, I’ll come for the beer.”


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…and Martin was ready to go. “Martin” is a longtime companion, an old faithful blue Buick. This car was a boat! Perfect for a long drive, and much needed space for all the “Necessities” one might need for a weekend with the Yoopers. Holly’s roomie comfy, 90’s dark blue rusted baby would be going to the UP! That is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. “We’re going to Michigan! We’re going to Michigan! We chanted as we took off on our first road trip, “whoop whoop!” We began our journey to the small town of Ewen, Michigan. We would be staying the next couple days in a vintage farm house nearly a hundred years old, where her Uncle Jack and feline Whiskey calls home. On the open road with the wind in our hair, Oldies blasting through the speakers, and a tall cup of joe. It was summer break, early July and we were heading for Paradise, to leave our troubles behind. Paradise may just be a

name of a city in Michigan…but to us it was one in the same. Morning Smoothies at Big Apple Bagel in Duluth, MN; our first Pit Stop! We made our way into Wisconsin, land of the cheese heads, beer, beer, more beer, and…cows. Before we could leave WI “The nation’s dairy land” we had to stop for homemade ice cream at West’s Hayward Dairy. The scenic site on Lake Superior is a must on every tourist’s itinerary! In Watersmeet, MI (Got to love that name dontchya?) there is a beautiful Waterfall known as Bond Falls. Surrounded by over 1 million acres of forested woods, we put our “tennis” on and went hiking of course! Later that night, it was time to hit the slots, at Lac Vieux Desert resort Casino. As new club members, we were given coupons for food, deals on drinks, and a free night’s stay. Update

to the social media; Facebook™– “Let’s Finish these drinks, get one more, then go play the slots and get the $1 Drinks.” — with Holly Urbis at Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino. After our free French fries and a bloody it was time to “finance the casino”.

“I swallowed so many bugs, I don’t feel right calling myself a vegetarian!” Our last day in Michigan, Uncle Jack took us up to the family farm, to go four wheeling. “I swallowed so many bugs, I don’t feel right calling myself a vegetarian!”- I jokingly said after racing through the tall weeds. A full tick check was done, and they all went into Uncle Jack’s “Tick Jar”, no really… there must have been hundreds! As our last night in town, we went to the local bar for drinks and karaoke. This was the hopping place to be on a Friday and Saturday night, everyone knew everyone, and the parking lot consisted of trucks, four wheelers and tractors. Ewen, Michigan was a great memory we will forever have, and I can’t wait for the Log Jam next Fall!”


The Fog had blighted the city for decades. It filled the streets, invaded shops and houses. It slipped into theatres and halted the plays. Worst of all, the Fog obliterated the city from the first floor upwards: centuries of beautiful architecture invisible even at the height of Summer. Many blamed the fog on too many cars, others on industrial pollution or Global Warming and everybody blamed the government for doing nothing about it. Unable to prevent the Fog, the City Tourism Board tried to accomodate it by hiring student guides to describe the city’s invisible architecture to tourists. Sadly, most of the students spent so much time in the city’s bars that on some mornings they were in no fit state to describe anything to anybody. Also, the students knew no more about the city’s architecture than the tourists, so mistakes were frequent. For example, one August morning, a hungover student named Carl stood before a vaguely visible building (actually the city’s late Renaissance Town hall), his mind blank as to what he was supposed to be describing. He looked from the fog above to his clients - a party of dull farmers - and back again.

Then he remembered a documentary he’d seen on TV, and having no other option, described to the tourists the Great Pyramid rising out of sight above their heads. The tourists were impressed and as the tour continued, Carl added other architectural Wonders whenever he forgot what was actually above them. Counting his tips at the end of the day, Carl realised he was on to something. That night, instead of carousing, he opened his architecture textbooks for the first time in months and began some serious research. Next day, faced with an even duller group of tourists, he ignored the official guidebook altogether and populated the heights of the city with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Town Hall again received the Great Pyramid, but the Victorian Post Office gained the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the modernist train station gained the Temple of Artemis.

Once again, the tour was a success and at its conclusion Carl’s comrades were astonished to see his patrons showering him with cash. That night in a favourite bar, Carl revealed all to his fellow guides. Some were furious but most saw the funny side, as well as the financial one. Next day, Carl’s comrades followed his example and during their tours populated the city with the most fantastical of skylines. Most stuck to the Seven Wonders, but a few added other favourites, including the Taj Mahal, The Empire State Building, the Mosque of Hagia Sophia and even the Forth Road Bridge. The tourists returned home delighted by what they’d seen, or at least heard described. If any of them had doubts about the city’s wonders, they kept them to themselves; most sang the city’s praises to their friends, who planned visits of their own. Visitor numbers mushroomed and all went well until (inevitably) questions were asked. Most Tourists completed forms providing feedback about their holiday and officials grew suspicious when the same unlikely buildings kept reappearing in the paperwork. The Tourism Board began an investigation and hauled in the student guides for questioning. Carl quickly confessed and offered his resignation and the money he had

accumulated. The Board read the riot act to all the guides and the tours returned to truthful normality. Naturally, visitor numbers plummeted and the city’s hoteliers and restauranteurs complained: they had grown used to the city’s new popularity. Business hadn’t been so good in years and they were furious at the sudden drop in takings. The Tourism Board reconsidered. The guides were summoned again and ordered to resume their ‘alternate’ architecture, with instructions to broaden their repertoire: a delegation of French businessmen was due on an official visit and it was felt only polite to include some familiar buildings for their enjoyment. So, all is now well in the city, despite the ever-present Fog. Tourists enjoy a stimulating and informative holiday, the students are gainfully employed and the hospitality industry goes from strength to strength. Even we ordinary citizens have become accustomed to imagining what lies above us: the Fog has been with us for so long, who knows what’s actually up there?

Other cities are restricted to a single, fixed skyline, while ours enjoys as many as we are capable of imagining. And the only worry is, how will people cope should the Fog ever lift? Fog by Steve Connolly Photos by Mat thew McIntosh and Joshua Duf f y




IMAGE MANIPULATION Interview with Erick Johansson Sean Luna

Interview with




A: That is a hard question because I

can’t really tell. The inspiration is everywhere in the daily life, but I also look a lot at photos and drawings on the web. I think the most important thing is to make a note of every idea, otherwise it will might be gone in a few seconds.


TYPICAL ‘START TO FINISH’ WORKFLOW WHEN WORKING ON A DESIGN? Q: HOW DOES YOUR JOB AS AN ARTIST AND DESIGNER INFLUA: I always have a sketch of the final ENCE YOUR LIFE? DO YOU FEEL idea. But it always end up different, THAT YOU SEE THINGS AROUND in a good way mostly. When I have YOU DIFFERENTLY FOR EXAMPLE? come up with an idea I try to find good spots to use for the photos and then A: Yes, sometimes I get stuck it’s time for the photoshopping. The in thinking about what kind of time it takes differ, but somewhere be- ideas I could do with the things tween 10 - 20 hours for each photo. I see around me. But I have learned to relax more now.

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Erik Johansson


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