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Mary McDonald
Bellingham, WA
Canon EOS 7D

What role does photography play in your life and how does it keep you going?

Obviously, photography helps me remember certain moments of my life. But over the last few years, it has become so much more. It has become my inspiration. It keeps me seeking adventures and exploring new places. Photography helped me realize how in love with the Earth I am, and how every day I can find new beautiful parts of it. Even in the cold and the rain there is so much beauty outside and my camera encourages me to get out of my house and go find it. This amazing crazy life photography helped me notice is what keeps me going!

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Instagram: @marylikesyoga

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Happy National Cheesecake Day!

Since we want everyone to be able to celebrate today, we’ve curated the following list for you… the oven-less and non-cheese enthusiasts included!

So, eat cheesecake - no excuses.

How to Cheesecake for Every Situation:

1. Prefer More Fruit than Cake?

Make Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.

2. No Oven?

Make a No Bake Cherry Cheesecake.

3. Limited Time? Only 22 Minutes to Cook!

Make Oreo Cookie Mini Cheesecakes.

4. Prefer a Heartier Dessert?

Make Deep Fried Cheesecake.

5. Want a Boozy Element?

Make a Bailey’s Cheesecake.

6. Prefer No Cheese in Your Cheesecake?

Make a Vegan Cheesecake.

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Lizabeth Bennett
Toronto, Canada
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

We love what you’re doing. You’ve covered a lot already, in such a short amount of time. What would you say is your favourite era of architecture? Or which city’s architecture are you most inspired by?

I honestly have a hard time pin pointing what my favourite “era” or architecture would be. At risk of sounding too cliche, I really have fallen in love with the huge variety I have witnessed from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, city to city. I would say in hugely general terms, and as a non-expert in architecture, that I am a big fan of a lot of the architecture from the early 20th century. It all is so different as you travel, and I find it oozes the hope presumably had by many of the architects for what they believed to be possible heading into the modern era. I personally feel like we just don’t have enough of that optimism anymore. 

It is really hard for me to choose which city I’ve been most inspired by, architecturally speaking. If pressed, I would say Barcelona and the Modernista (or Catalan Modernism I think is the other name) architecture which is prevalent in Eixample. The use of space, light, geometry, the environment, and ultimately the long term planning put into those buildings is nothing short of astounding. Not to mention all of the references found all over the work of those architects to nature, and other architecture that came before it. They are absolutely masterpieces. 

Tumblr: @allstreets
Website: @isosphotography
Facebook: @allstreetsblog

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Joshua Dildine (b. 1984, CA), received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University (CA). He has been featured in group exhibitions in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Murfreesboro, as well as the Frederick Weisman Museum of Fine Art (CA). He was also the recipient of the 2010 Claremont Graduate University Award. The artist lives and works in Claremont, CA.

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Michael Salisbury
Chicago, IL
Canon 5D Mark III

How does your day job in Systems Engineering reflect in your work? Do you think it helps you see the world in a more calculative way? Tell us about your thought process.

I think my role as a Systems Engineer ties in with my overarching passion for technology in general. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been playing with computers, building systems and taking things apart to understand how they work. That fascination at a young age led me to my degree in Network Engineering and finally my job as a Systems Engineer. Digital photography has always been a way to express my knowledge of technology through a creative outlet. 

Technical understanding of things is important to me. I think knowing what your camera is doing under the hood is a great way to bring a passion for photography full circle. Understanding things like how chromatic aberrations are formed, how a CMOS image sensor works or even how autofocus works can make someone a more well rounded photographer. I feel being good at photography stems beyond just taking good pictures, understanding how your gear works is a huge part.

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Flickr: @M I C H A E L

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