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Report on the 2017 Medium Festival of Photography

Posted in Art Museums, Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on October 31, 2017

Last Sunday marked the conclusion of the sixth annual Medium Festival of Photography. This time (in contrast to the brief visit last year) I decided to participate in all four days of activities (October 26-29), and I am very pleased I did. This way I am also able to report on the range of activities that are offered, and would encourage you to participate next year. It gives me pleasure to note that we, the SoCal Photo Exchange, are a media sponsor of the Medium Festival of Photography.

The first two days were spent doing portfolio reviews. This process allows the participating photographers to show their work to leaders in the art world, be they artists, collectors, publishers, or museum staff. The feedback one can obtain is priceless, and the process teaches you to be concise and focused in editing, describing, and presenting your photographs. You are also able to make contacts this way and have the experts remember your work if there are future opportunities where your work may be exhibited and/or published. I got at least seven or eight excellent suggestions for presenting my work more effectively and for creating new series. You also get a sense of the range of preferences for various purposes. There was also a “portfolio walk” on Thursday night, where the public and fellow artists can view your work. I found the interactions refreshing, and the talks were just as straight-forward and personal as the reviews.

Friday night and Saturday were devoted to lecture/presentations. The keynote lecture by John Gossage was inspiring, as he discussed his long career and publishing history in detail, and is a great model for finding opportunities and using everyday subjects to generate profound contemplation via narrative landscape/photographic fiction. The presentation of 3D images and films by Claudia Kunin was also impressive, as she has a way to make the animated stills stir one’s memories and emotions. The lectures by Justyna Badach (selected from last year’s portfolio review participants) and Christina Seely were interesting to me as well, since they dealt with political and environmental issues that should be a concern for all of us.

Sunday a group of us went on one of the Medium Festival bus tours to visit major museums and galleries. This too was a fabulous experience. In a very compact amount of time we were able to visit a number of venues as well as to talk with a number of artists that had specifically come to the venues to make themselves available for discussion. Without having to drive, we could appreciate the Museum of Photographic Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Central Library Gallery, and the San Diego State University Downtown Gallery in a very compact amount of time. The images below give you some glimpses and further descriptions of what I saw. I hope it will encourage you to make use of these resources and this festival in the future.

My special thanks to Scott B. Davis, Sarah Koenig Wagner, and all the other workers of magic for creating this wonderful experience!

Gerhard Clausing

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Photographers shared their work and exchanged ideas throughout the two days of portfolio reviews at the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego.

 

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The Executive Director of the Medium Festival of Photography, Scott B. Davis. The interpersonal skills and dedicated energy of Scott, Sarah, and the rest of the team were huge factors contributing to the festival’s success, already in its sixth year.

 

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Prep time between reviews. Here photographers J.K. Lavin, Wendi Schneider, Lori Pond, and Gerhard Clausing are sorting their images.

 

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An open slot! Off to be reviewed, facilitated by Sarah Koenig Wagner, Program Manager.

 

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The keynote speaker, John Gossage, who talked about his impressive career creating several dozen books.

 

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At the Dual Graphics table, Craig Evans and author Douglas Stockdale (who introduced his very useful Guide to Self-Publishing an Indie Artist Book, soon to be reviewed here) are conversing with artist and reviewer Andrew Burgess (second from left) and photographer Todd Bradley (right).

 

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Maggie Downing, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, explains the installation behind her and is about to start a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.

 

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A viewer’s approach to the exhibit “Play,” featuring the work of Brenda Biondo (former portfolio review participant) at The San Diego Museum of Art.

 

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Philipp Scholz Rittermann explains his work, part of the San Diego Central Library Gallery exhibit “Dream of the Nineties.”

 

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Members of our group at the exhibit “We are here/Estamos aquí.” We had a chance to discuss work with photographers Tom Kiefer, Ingrid Hernández, and Stefan Falke. It was fascinating to see and hear about the artists’ personal involvement and to hear about the difficulties experienced around the US/Mexico border.

 

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The Mexican photographer Ingrid Hernández at the exhibit “We are here/Estamos aquí” at SDSU Downtown Gallery.

 

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Stefan Falke and Chantel Paul, Director of the SDSU Downtown Gallery, discussing Stefan’s work photographing artists in Mexico.

Image #3 © Douglas Stockdale; all others © Gerhard Clausing

 

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Frank Cancian a Finalist at the Lucie Photobook Prize Competition

Posted in Books & Magazines, Juried opportunities, Photographers, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on October 6, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Frank Cancian’s book Lacedonia: An Italian Town, 1957 is a finalist in the Lucie Photobook Prize Competition. This project was reviewed here at SCPX by Douglas Stockdale. Congratulations, Frank!

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Lectures and Events at Medium Festival, Oct. 27-29 (discounted registration through Oct.15)

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on October 3, 2017

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Discover Medium’s 2017 Present Tense Lecturers

 

Medium is defined by an exceptional program of artist lectures—creative voices in the field who share their recent work and creative development with you. The 2017 lectures kick off with a Keynote Lecture by John Gossage on Oct. 27. John Gossage is a revered artist who got his start at the Leo Castelli Gallery (in a two-person show with Jasper Johns, no less)!

The weekend continues with lectures by Justyna Badach, Claudia Kunin, John Chiara, Christina Seely, and J. Grant Brittain. Discover their work on our website and pick up a Festival Pass today—discounted registration is available online through Oct. 15.

 

Meet Claudia Kunin on Oct. 28 at 11am

Claudia Kunin is a Los Angeles native who has maintained a career in photography for more than 30 years. Her recent work as a filmmaker involves her use of family photographs, which the artist meticulously animates into short films that tell haunting, evocative stories. In 3-D!

The artist will discuss her career and current work as part of Medium’s Present Tense lecture series at 11:00am on Sat., Oct. 28. Festival participants will be invited a free film screening with the artist at the Digital Gym beginning at 7:00pm. We’re honored to have Claudia Kunin’s lecture as part of the 2017 Festival.

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Free Festival events and exhibitions!

Don’t miss the ongoing series of free events and exhibition receptions this fall. We kick things off with an exhibition by Morgan DeLuna, a participant in our Far Sight Mentorship program. The exhibition Morgan DeLuna: Phenotype opens at Subtext Gallery on Oct. 12. from 6-8pm. Additional free events include:

  • FLASH! Pop-Up Shop, Oct. 26, 7-10pm, Lafayette Hotel
  • Open Portfolio Walk with participating Portfolio Review photographers, Oct. 26, 7-10pm, Lafayette Hotel
  • Book signing with John Gossage, Oct. 27, 8-10pm, Lafayette Hotel
  • Size Matters exhibition reception, Oct. 28, 7-10pm, Helmuth Projects

Medium Festival of Photography Discounted Early Registration Starts Friday, Aug. 18

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Festival registration opens Friday Aug 18; discounts through Aug. 31.

Medium’s 2017 Festival registration opens Friday, August 18. We offer Early Bird discounts on all VIP and Festival Passes purchased before midnight Aug. 31—take advantage of the deepest discounts we offer!

This year’s Festival brings artist lectures with John Gossage, Christina Seely, John Chiara, and many other provocative artists. We’re also introducing collection tours, exhibitions, a film screening, pop-up events, and book signings at the 2017 Festival.

Medium is more than an annual event for contemporary photography, it’s a place to make new discoveries and connect with fans of contemporary art from across North America, Europe, and beyond!

Medium is an artist-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Support our mission to foster awareness and understanding of innovative photography by donating today!

­Copyright © 2017 Medium Festival of Photography, All rights reserved.

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Three PX Members Featured in IFAC’s All Media 2017 Exhibition, Aug. 26 – Oct. 28

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on August 10, 2017

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In my first contribution as Editor, I am extremely pleased to report that three of our members made it into the “All Media 2017” Show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center: Paul Anderson, Gerhard Clausing, and Janos Lanyi – congratulations! Curated by the interdisciplinary artist Kim Abeles, the exhibition features painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, video, installation, and more. The Reception will be Saturday, August 26, from 4-6 p.m., with an Awards Ceremony at 4:45. The exhibition will run through October 28, Mo-Th 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fr 10-5, Sa 9-5, closed Sundays. Opening reception, admission, and parking are free. Kim Abeles will also give an Artist Talk about her work on Saturday, September 23, 3:30 to 4:30. For all friends and relatives: Heritage Community Park, 14321 Yale Avenue, Irvine, CA. See you at IFAC!­

Paul Anderson’s photograph, entitled “Yellow-1,” is from his 2016 portfolio, “Floral Impressions.” He has shown us similarly intriguing images at our meetings:

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My photograph is from the series “Selfscapes” that features my body in all its heights and depths, and is entitled “Nevertheless” to highlight the importance of keeping going as one observes one’s process of aging:

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Janos Lanyi presents an abstract acrylic painting on canvas entitled “The Red House.” It is based on one of his trips to Spain, where he also photographed extensively, as you know from the enjoyable art that he shares from his many travels:

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Portfolio Reviewer for LACP

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on August 5, 2017

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Dawn Watson, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale

This last month I was a guest portfolio reviewer for the LACP (Los Angeles Center of Photography) EXPOSURE 2017 portfolio reviews at the dnj Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamont (Arts) Station.

Overall it was a great experience as a portfolio reviewer as I was introduced to some very intriguing and well thought out photographic projects. It should probably come as no surprise that many of the photographers and artists were interested in spending time with me regarding my assessment about these projects being published.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked before one of these events; how does one prepare for a portfolio review? Since the review is scheduled for only 20 minutes, everyone is always surprised in how quickly this time slips by. First just about everyone brings too many photographs and supporting materials probably in the hopes that a reviewer will be able to see it all and still have time to provide some wise advice. Nope that usually does NOT happen.

Second, as a portfolio reviewer I start each discussion with three requests: tell me about yourself, tell me about the portfolio we are going to review and what is it you would like to obtain feedback from me about your project that might help you to move it forward?

Reviewers would like to know a little bit about who they are talking to; not your life story, but a quick 2 minute bio, which I call an elevator speech. Same for the portfolio (maybe a photographic project), for the photographer/artist to provide some context as to what is going to be reviewed, again perhaps 1-2 minutes, another elevator speech. Last, what is it you need from the review? Some examples: feedback on the editing of the photographs, are the images technically acceptable, could this sequence or series work in a book layout, are the photographs consistent with the artistic statement, etc.

Third, plan on reviewing only one portfolio with each reviewer, you can bring more portfolios, but you will only have real quality time to spend on one with each reviewer. In most portfolio reviews the artist/photographer might be meeting with a series of different portfolio reviewers and it is appropriate to select a portfolio that is relevant to a specific reviewer. In my case, most wanted me to review their book dummy’s or portfolios that they were thinking about having published.

Fourth, plan on having less than 15 prints in the portfolio to have reviewed. In many cases we did not get through all 15 prints during our 20 minute session. You should want quality time/discussion for each image and how these images relate to each other. This exchange takes time when it results in a give and take discussion.

Bring something to take notes and one photographer recorded our review session. Each portfolio reviewer is an individual with a point of view, which may be very different from yours, so don’t become defensive if the reviewer does not see or understand what you are trying to communicate with your photographic prints. One key purpose of coming to a portfolio review is to get a broader exposure to your work and have others talk about what they see. If you are doing more talking than listening, then you are not going to obtain the full benefit of this occasion.

Last, leave something behind, perhaps as simple as a business card (yes, one person left me with one of their books) to help the reviewer remember who you are (I did 12 portfolio reviews on Saturday and names and projects began to blur at the end of the day) and then follow up with a nice email note a couple of days after the event.

Reviewers are there to help you and if they can point you in a direction or make an follow on introduction, they usually will. I had a short list of introductions and follow-up items that I had promised and these are just about completed, as it takes a few days to get organized. Also realized that these are good events to network with the other photographers and artist who are participating in the reviews as you never can tell what might come up during a side discussion.

Note: I had not realized at the time I took the photograph of Dawn Watson, above, that the large red photograph behind me was going to reflect so much pink color on Watson’s self-published book. Below is a better representation of her book “Trees” ( & thanks to Watson for providing a better photograph) and a nice follow-up email regarding our review time together. well done.

Cheers!

Douglas Stockdale, Publisher

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Gerhard Clausing takes over as Editor of The SoCal Photo Exchange

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on August 3, 2017

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I am very excited to announce that Gerhard “Gerry” Clausing is the new Editor of The SoCal Photo Exchange. This is an on-line journal which covers photographic events, exhibitions and other news in Southern California. Previously Clausing was a Contributing Writer while recently functioning as the acting-Editor for this photo-blog in conjunction with being the Associate Editor of the The PhotoBook Journal.

I am looking forward to his leadership of this photographic venue as a site to capture the diversity of the Southern California photographic community. I have enjoyed collaborating with him as we have participated in photographic workshops, and covered the LA Art Book Fair, Photo Independent and now anticipating the Medium Festival in San Diego.

Please join me in welcoming Gerry to this well-deserved position.

Cheers!

Douglas Stockdale

Publisher & Founder (2008), The SoCal Photo Exchange

About Gerhard Clausing; with a Ph.D. in linguistics and literature from UC Berkeley and a career as tenured USC professor with numerous publications behind him, he is now happy to concentrate on his visual adventures. He studied at Otis, Brooks, and the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) and has been featured on Lenscratch, Blur Magazine, Black&White Magazine, Le Journal de la Photographie, Black and White Spider Awards, Houghton Mifflin. He has exhibited at LACP, dnj Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), PhotoPlace Gallery (Vermont), Kiernan Gallery, Julia Dean Gallery (Venice and Hollywood), Perfect Exposure Gallery (Los Angeles), Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine, CA), and Art Basel Miami, among others.​ He is the Associate Editor of the The PhotoBook Journal.

About The Photographers Exchange; an informal organization of creative photographers who meet at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine, CA) on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Participants can bring up to five pieces of work for presentation and evaluation by the group. The organization is open to all photographers and artist who would like to participate.

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Edward Weston Exhibit at the Bowers Museum from July 22, and more

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on June 29, 2017
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Interview: Michael Weitzman – CollectorWorks

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on June 5, 2017

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This is the second of a series of interviews of photographers who are or have been members of The Photographers Exchange, a group of photographers and artist that meets monthly at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC). Michael Weitzman has been regularly featured on YourDailyPhotograph and has recently become represented by CollectorWorks. This interview was about that transition. Previously we interviewed Jim McKinniss on his similar transition to be represented by CollectorWorks.

Editor, Douglas Stockdale (TPE): Michael thank you, we appreciate the opportunity to discuss your photographic background and what led you to become part of Daniel Miller’s CollectorWorks (CW). Since each of you have a diverse style, perhaps it would be a good start if you could describe what you photograph and how you then process that imagery?

Michael Weitzman (MW) I typically shoot with plastic and lo-fi cameras, which enables my imagination to roam freely seeking new narratives from the mundane and often overlooked subjects. I enjoy immensely the handmade print utilizing a variety of traditional and alternative processes.

TPE: One of the common threads for this series of photographer interviews is that each of you has a shared background of being part of The Photographers Exchange. How did participating in The Photographers Exchange monthly meetings prepare you for being included in CollectorWorks?

MW: The Photographers Exchange is a great forum to showcase your work and get feedback and ideas from a good cross section of artists. It also pushed me to not be a “one trick pony”.

TPE: What was the process that eventually led to being included in the CW? If I recall, you have been featured somewhat regularly on YourDailyPhotograph (YDP) prior to this.

MW: Credit is due to fellow member Jim McKinniss. Jim attended a group exhibition that had three of my photogravures. He approached me and said you should talk to Daniel Miller or at least sign up for YDP. Miller just might be interested. The rest is history.

TPE: Miller has been quoted as saying that he has a particular following and has a great idea of what will sell and what will not. Have you found that to be the case as well for the photographs you have had featured and sold?

MW: My first photo sale was from a “lith” print on YDP. I decided to hand deliver it and meet Miller. We had a good exchange and I left with the impression of the old APPLE Computer term “Think Different”. Subsequently, I have sold several photographs, mostly alternative processed either through YDP or CW.

TPE: It would appear that the CW is a virtual gallery, does Daniel Miller have any of your photographs in his inventory or is this truly a virtual gallery?

MW: Miller maintains an inventory of my photographs and occasionally will exhibit them along with others from CW at his Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica.

TPE: As a result of being represented what other opportunities has this opened up for you?

MW: Lots of exposure, networking, and sales. For 2017 I was part of PHOTO L.A. and had the honor to present my work in front of many collectors and gallery owners. The energy and buzz was amazing !

TPE: What are the next steps that you now intend to take as a result of this representation?

MW: I’m thinking a book. The beauty of having my images presented thematically or as a story is very appealing to me.

TPE: If a photographer was interested in being represented by CollectorWorks, which recommendations would you offer?

MW: Find photographers, painters, sculptors, musicians that you admire and respect. Look at their work, study them. Rinse and repeat. Do work from the heart whatever that might be. Quoting Miles Davis “Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself”

TPE: Thank you, it was a pleasure to discuss this with you and we are wishing you success as you continue your creative endeavors.

MW: Doug, thank you very much for the opportunity. It was a pleasure.

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Interview: Jim McKinniss – CollectorWorks

Posted in Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on June 1, 2017

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Photographs copyright Jim McKinniss

This is the first of a series of interviews of photographers who are or have been members of The Photographers Exchange. Jim McKinniss has been regularly featured on YourDailyPhotograph and has recently become represented by CollectorWorks. This interview was about that transition.

Editor, Douglas Stockdale (TPE): Thank you Jim, we appreciate the opportunity to discuss your photographic background and what led you to become part of Daniel Miller’s CollectorWorks. Since each of you have a diverse style, perhaps it would be a good start if you could describe what you photograph and how you then process that imagery?

Jim McKinniss (JM) Hello Doug. I have a rather eclectic portfolio of photographs. My current and past projects include a ten year project revolving around the annual Mask Festival in Venice, Italy,  the Los Angeles Metro,  Nudes in the landscape of the Badlands of South Dakota, Horses and the farmland around Santa Maria, CA where I currently live.

I make heavy use of Photoshop to do traditional wet darkroom type edits. For many of my photographs I will use texture layers to enhance images.

TPE: One of the common threads for this series of photographer interviews is that each of you has a shared background of being part of The Photographers Exchange. How did participating in The Photographers Exchange monthly meetings prepare you for being included in CollectorWorks?

JM: When I first began seriously making  photos about 12 years ago I attended my first Photographers Exchange meeting. In those meetings I saw a lot of great photography and participated in the friendly exchanges  about photography between members . I had the opportunity to see and discuss photos each month. I learned a lot about composition, printing, alternative ways of processing photos. Most importantly I learned how to read photographs and appreciate the artistic expression the members gave to their photos.

TPE: What was the process that eventually led to being included in the CollectorWorks? If I recall, you have been featured somewhat regularly on YourDailyPhotograph.com (YDP) prior to this.

JM: I met Daniel Miller a number of years ago when I visited his original gallery on Venice Blvd. in Los Angeles. Somehow that led me to subscribe to YDP. Through that  connection I found out that Daniel was was offering a free portfolio review. That was about 3 years ago.

I went to the review and at the end Daniel asked me to submit 6 of my images to YDP. Since then I have had my photos shown in 13 issues of YDP and have sold several photos through that exposure. Subsequently Daniel offered to represent my work through CollectorWorks.

TPE: Daniel Miller has been quoted as saying that he has a particular following and has a great idea of what will sell and what will not. Have you found that to be the case as well for the photographs you have had featured and which of these were the genre of images that sold?

JM: As I said, I have sold several of my photos through YDP. Since the work I submit covers a wide range of genre there is no specific one that I can point to as being the most popular with collectors.

Daniel definitely knows his collector base and is very aware of what they are interested in collecting. More than that Daniel travels, mostly to France I think, to art exhibitions to keep abreast of the status of the photography market.

TPE: It would appear that the ColllectorWorks is a virtual gallery, does Daniel Miller have any of your photographs in his inventory or is this truly a virtual gallery?

JM: It is a virtual gallery.

TPE: As a result of being represented by CollectorWorks what other opportunities has this opened up for you?

JM: CollectorWorks is only a few months old and I haven’t seen related opportunities arise as yet.

TPE: What are the next steps that you now intend to take as a result of this representation?

JM: Daniel Miller and CollectorWorks are the first  to offer representation of my work. I use that representation as part of my bio and for interview articles.  At this point I have not gone farther because of my travel schedule.

TPE: If a photographer was interested in being represented by CollectorWorks, which recommendations would you offer?

JM: Start by submitting photos to YDP.

TPE: Thank you, it was a pleasure to discuss this with you and we are wishing you success as you continue your creative endeavors.

JM: Thank you very much for your interest in my work and experiences Doug.

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