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100+ people were shot in Chicago this weekend. This sentence can become all too familiar, so personalize it. Start trying to name 100+ friends or family members. Imagine them gone.

100+ people were shot in Chicago this weekend. This sentence can become all too familiar, so consider the impact. Recognize that your list is real in someone else’s eyes. Think of the families that woke up today broken with grief. 

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Letterpress with Hannah Swanson

I'm currently creating a publication called Urban Collective. The goal of the magazine is to encourage people to interact with their city's culture and local creativity. The following is an interview with Hannah Swanson which will be featured in the first edition.

Hannah Swanson is a 2016 graduate of Wheaton College. Right now Hannah splits her time between photography and branding.

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Cuba

Cuba is full of contradictions. Wandering the streets of Havana, the city is presumably thriving. The colors are bright, the people are kind, and the tourists are everywhere. Yet, the residents struggle to make ends meet.

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Caitlin

A few months ago Caitlin asked me to take a LinkedIn picture for her. In return, I asked if I could take some extra pictures to practice lighting techniques. Caitlin graciously agreed. The pictures captured Caitlin's thoughtful, spunky, light-hearted spirit. The editing style I used is different than any work I've done before!

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Whitney

This semester I am taking studio photography. My favorite part of shooting in the studio is the control. Between the lighting and backdrops–the opportunities for creative explorations are endless. Here are a few pictures of Whitney that I took the other day. To me they exude energy, spunk, and joy.

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Kaleidoscope Collage

Creativity isn't ever-present. Instead it takes attentive care. In attempt to reignite my creativity, I created a challenge for myself. Using the same self-portait, my goal was to create 7 collages. The plan was to do one each day for a week. Instead, I finished the project in one day. 

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Seven Days, Four Countries

I’ve had the immense privilege of visiting four countries in seven days. This past weekend I visited Belfast in Northern Ireland. From there I went back to London for a few days before making the trek to Prague and then Vienna.

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When In Rome...

 Up until this weekend my idea of Italy was little more than pasta, gelato, Vespas, and the Italian Job. While pasta and gelato still encompass a significant portion of my Roman experience, I’ve come to understand that Italy has much more to offer.

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London: Friends Edition

I didn’t realize how much I love London until this weekend. On Thursday night two of my friends, Lauren and Olivia, visited me. If you gave us a list of top things to do in London, the three of us could probably cross everything off of the list and then add a few of our own suggestions.

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Un weekend à Paris

Paris is unlike anything else. Maybe it's just because I studied French for 13 years, but something about Paris resonates with me unlike any other city I've been to. The architecture emphasizes the importance of detail. The language is a reminder of the aesthetic appeal words can have.

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Welcome to London

For those of you who don't know, I'm studying Media Communications in London for the semester. It's quite the adventure. Everyone in my program is a study abroad student. The program hires outside professors ("lecturers", here) to teach our courses. So far it has been fun to get to know a new group of people, as well as explore a new city. 

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