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“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get It.” – W. Somerset Maugham

We must always strive for the best and never be satisfied with anything less. If you accept less than what you deserve, you will always under value yourself. Learn to understand your own value and never settle for “good enough.”

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“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” ~ Epictetus

This is a great way to look into the future and pull your current self towards what you want to be. What most people do instead is look at the past and beat themselves up over all of the things they’ve done. That just keeps you stuck in the past, or rather stuck in the moment because you’re not using the present to make for a brighter future. By using this future focused vision, and then starting today to do the things necessary to get you where you’re going, you’ll get there much more quickly.

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“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde

The human mind is capable of incredible things. Learn to use it and live outside of your means. Get out of your comfort zone to learn news things about yourself and the people around you. An imagination is a terrible thing to waste.

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“The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all.” – Winston Churchill

When you find yourself speaking to the world as Mr. Churchill did, you must find a way to make your words heard by all. He had a knack for saying things in the plainest language. There are very few Churchill quotes that have any new vocabulary words. He’s not going to have a word of the day calendar, though I’m sure his lexicon was quite profound.

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Arthur Elgort: The Photographer Who Boosts My Creativity

I fell in love with Arthur Elgort’s work as soon as I saw his photography for the first time. I felt like his creative eye was so in line with mine: just look at his shooting with Kate Moss walking down the street in swimsuit back in 1995, and think about my swimwear editorial for l’Officiel Baltics at Como lake with a model catwalking the city in a bikini! I didn’t know anything about it before, but the this similarities in the vibe stunned me.

Я влюбилась в работы Артура Эльгорта с первого взгляда. Я сразу же почувствовала, что его творческий взгляд так близок моему: только посмотрите на его съемку с Кейт Мосс, идущей по улице в купальнике в 1995 году, и вспомните мой эдиториал на Комо для l’Officiel Baltics с моделью, разгуливающей по городу в бикини! Раньше я ничего не знала об этом фотографе, но такое сходство в атмосфере ошеломило меня.

I like that his photography is effortless and refined at the same time. It gives you a feeling of nonchalance while everything is perfectly orchestrated in his snaps. Like this picture of Christy Turlington speaking over the phone on the floor in a hotel, wearing an impeccable Chanel dress. I love everything about this image.

Мне нравится то, что его фотографии непринужденные и в то же время изысканные. Это дает ощущение беззаботности, в то время как в его снимках все идеально организовано. Как на этой фотографии Кристи Терлингтон, которая разговаривает по телефону на полу в отеле, одетая в безупречное платье Chanel. Мне нравится все в этом кадре.

In 80s and 90s Arthur was working with the best supermodels of the time. That’s why his shots are so great: he could obtain the coolest posing, the classiness, the perfection of a body, the attitude…. Everything contributed to a creation of a perfect snap. His favourite models were Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Ines de la Fressange, Cindy Crawford. And they gave him the best of their personality and professionalism.

В 80-х и 90-х Артур работал с лучшими супермоделями того времени. Вот почему его снимки так хороши: он мог получать лучшие позы, совершенство тела, породу и аристократизм этих девушек … Все способствовало созданию идеального снимка. Его любимыми моделями были Линда Евангелиста, Кристи Терлингтон, Клаудия Шиффер, Инес де ла Фрессанж, Синди Кроуфорд. И они дали ему лучшее из своей личности и профессионализма.

I’m hugely inspired by his spiciness and a hint of provocation. He was not interested in showing nudes, but in creating appetite. His models are not undressed, they invite you to imagine what they are hiding. Like this snap of Evangelista covering her naked body with a wide brimmed hat, or Cindy walking Paris in a dress showing her hips underneath the bows.

Меня невероятно вдохновляет пикантность и провокационность его работ. Элгорту интересно не обнаженное тело, а возбуждение аппетита. Его модели не раздеваются, они предлагают вам представить, что они скрывают. Например, эта фотография Евангелисты, прикрывающей свое обнаженное тело широкополой шляпой, или Синди, идущей по Парижу в платье, обнажающей бедра под бантами.

Also, Elgort’s sense of humour is amazing. There’s irony, playfulness, unexpected situations, crazy locations, the most inappropriate outfits that work so well in the shots.

Кроме того, у Элгорта потрясающее чувство юмора. В его кадрах всегда присутствуют ирония, игривость, неожиданные ситуации, сумасшедшие локации, самые неподходящие наряды, которые в итоге так классно смотрятся на снимках.

Arthur Elgort was born in 1940 in New York and originally studied painting. Finding this form of art too limited, he decided to try photography and soon discovered it was a talent. He debuted in British Vogue in 1971 and woke up famous, starting to collaborate with the most prestigious fashion magazines in USA and in Europe.

Артур Элгорт родился в 1940 году в Нью-Йорке и первоначально изучал живопись. Посчитав этот вид искусства слишком ограничивающим, он решил попробовать себя в фотографии и вскоре обнаружил, что это его талант. Он дебютировал в британском Vogue в 1971 году и проснулся знаменитым, начав сотрудничать с самыми престижными модными журналами США и Европы.

For over 50 years Arthur has been a major influence, from his Vogue covers to his luxury-brand ad campaigns, his work is an inspiration. His style and influence created infinite possibilities in the world of fashion photography which he continues to explore today from his base in New York City. 

Более 50 лет Артур является одним из самых влиятельных фешн-фотографов, снимая обложки Vogue и рекламные кампании люксовых брендов, которых продолжает вдохновлять его работа. Его стиль открыл безграничные возможности в мире модной фотографии, который он продолжает исследовать и сегодня в своем ателье в Нью-Йорке.

All photos are courtesy of Arthur Elgort archive: https://www.arthurelgort.com/

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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour -Truman Capote

Instead of viewing a failure as a dead end, why not take it a little more lightheartedly with this quote and realize that the goal is not avoiding failure, but instead using it to make your eventual success that much more delicious. So many people try to make it so they don’t fail, so much so that they never succeed. But every great success has surely been more sweet thanks to the difficulties overcome on the road there. Would success even exist if there were no opposite?

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“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

When you reach the point where you think you have hit a wall, just push right on through it. The only road blocks are in your mind. Whether you are pushing yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually, you can always get through that next obstacle with a bit more grit.

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“Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.” – E. L. Simpson

Though it is true that not every idea needs to come to fruition, many ideas can be used as fuel to get yourself up and going. Don’t let so many wonderful ideas come through your head and fade into forever; trust yourself and your abilities, and get busy creating your life the way you want it.

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Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St. Francis of Assisi

Start today by doing the things that must be done. Maybe you are trying to launch a business, or maybe you’re just trying to get organised. Either way, the first steps are the first steps. Take this opportunity to lay the groundwork. Then, you can stretch yourself. Before you know it, you’ll be doing things that you never thought possible.

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“One finds limits by pushing them.” ~ Herbert Simon

How can you know what your limits are if you’ve never pushed them? This quote is good not only for encouraging you to find your own limitations, if you have any, but also for testing the limits of what is possible out in the world. Sitting by and thinking you have limits without actually finding out if you do or not is akin to the story of how an elephant won’t try to break the simple rope that ties him down because as a baby they chained him up with a heavy chain. How many limits do you put on yourself that aren’t even real?

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