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“Everyone wants to ride the train but not everyone wants to lay the tracks.” – Aj Joshi

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Everyone wants the perks of success but not everybody is willing to do the dirty, unglamorous work to get there. Aj Joshi compares hard work and success to building and riding a train. People will wish and complain about what they don’t have but won’t put in the work to get it.

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Photography as an art form by Edward Steichen

“The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself,” Edward Steichen theorized.

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He attempt and ultimate success to gain recognition for photography as an art form. In 1911 Steichen shot the latest collection of couturier Poiret for teh magazine Art et Decoration, which is now generally regarded as the 1st ever fashion shoot.

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 During the First World War, Steichen was posted to Europe to run the aerial photography division of the American Expeditionary Force, and he remained there until 1919. The clarity of the aerial photographs convinced Steichen to change his style and embrace the clear, sharp images that cameras could make.

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He abandoned the soft-focus and heavy retouching of his earlier work. In 1923, Steichen received his first major break as a photographer, when he became chief photographer for Condé Nast Publications.

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For the next fifteen years he took fashion photographs for Vogue and portraits for Vanity Fair, becoming hugely influential in both fields. His portraits of Gloria Swanson (1924) and Greta Garbo (1928), for example, have become icons in the history of photography.

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“Миссия фотографии – объяснить человека человеку и каждого самому себе”, – теоретизировал Эдвард Стейхен.

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Он пытался и в конечном итоге обрел успех,  получив признание фотографии как художественной формы. В 1911 году Стейхен снял последнюю коллекцию couturier Poiret для журнала Art et Decoration, который в настоящее время, как правило, считается 1-й фешн сьемкой в истории моды.

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Во время Первой мировой войны Стейхен был отправлен в командировку в Европу для управления отделом аэрофотосъёмки Американского экспедиционного корпуса, и он оставался там до 1919 года. Ясность аэрофотоснимков убедила Стейхена изменить свой стиль и обхватить четкие, острые изображения, которые могли сделать камеры.

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Он отказался от своей мягкой фокусировки и тяжелой ретуши которарая присутствовала в более ранних работах. В 1923 году Стейшен получил свой первый крупный прорыв в качестве фотографа, когда стал главным фотографом “Conde Nast Publications”.

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Следующие пятнадцать лет он создавал фотографии моды для Vogue и портреты для Vanity Fair, став чрезвычайно влиятельным в обеих областях. Его портреты Глории Свонсон (1924) и Греты Гарбо (1928), например, стали иконами в истории фотографии.

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“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” ~ Estée Lauder

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Here’s a success tip from someone that achieved high levels of success. She’s saying that dreaming of success won’t get you there all by itself. You have to have a dream, but you’ll stay a dreamer unless you back up your dream with work. Learn this lesson early on in your life and it will pay dividends all the time. If things aren’t working out the way you want them to it likely means you’re not putting in enough work to make them happen. Get a clear focus, a clear dream, a clear goal, and then follow up with focused work.

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“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.” – Bernard Baruch

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Sir Isaac Newton practically started the Age of Enlightenment. Most people just saw an apple fall. Newton observed the apple falling. That simple shift in thinking made our entire world change. It even changed the way we see this world and the universe that surrounds us.

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

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Time is limited on this earth, nobody knows how long we will live. Do not spend your time working to be someone that you are not. Work toward becoming who you want to be. Life it too short to be living someone else’s life.

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

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Our daily habits is what ultimately makes us who we are. If you do everything with excellence, you will reach excellence. If you do everything with mediocrity, you will become a mediocre person. The choice and the act is up to you.

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“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley

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You can either accept your current conditions, or realize that you are the only person who is able to fix them. These choices decide if you are satisfied with your current situation or want more out of life. The decision is ultimately up to you.

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“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.The money that we earn and the things that we buy make us our living. What we give to others and use to better the world give us a life. A living is something we do to create the life that we want. Neither would be completely available without the other.

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My Interview with Eva Geraldine Fontanelli, Italian fashion icon and founder of Goooders

Eva, how do you pass your quarantine?

Eva Geraldine: Just like everyone else, I’m cooking, cleaning, talking on the phone with my friends and family, and also revising my clothes. I’ve found recently so many nice things that I completely forgot about. I’m looking at my wardrobe from another perspective, thinking about how to recycle and restyle the items I don’t wear. I would mix them in an unusual way, or adjust the fit.

What is your background in fashion?

E.G.: I started working in fashion in my 20s, moving to New York and getting an intern job, very ‘Devil Wears Prada’ style. Since then I was working on different positions, in New York and London, and at the end I moved back to Italy to be a fashion editor. About 4-5- years ago I decided to change my career, trying to give it a real purpose. This is how I turned to sustainable fashion.

Many people will be inspired by your story! I’m on your side, being interested in sustainable fashion. How do you support ethical fashion?

E.G.: I’m working as creative consultant for ethical fashion brands abroad, helping them to enter into the fashion business. I’m trying to add a truly fashionable concept to ethical projects, which usually lack this aspect. For this purpose I travelled to Kenia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Afghanistan – which is very different from working for Prada team! The local designers have good ideas, but they need vision, and I need lots of patience to work with the artisans. But the quality of their work is incredible, and even I would like to promote collaborations between established European designers and these artisans. And some oh their creation we also sell on Goooders.

You’re doing great job! Tell us about your Goooders project.

E.G.: It’s a multilayered concept. Goooders.com is a brand, a platform, a guide – many different things. The main idea is bringing to the market beautiful and meaningful, sustainable, eco-friendly creations. It started from conscious travelling with pop-ups in luxury hotels (as in Paris, on Amalfi Coast).The e-commerce initially was only aimed to give a hint about what we have in pop-up stores, but now, when everything is going digital due to the situation, we are moving all our experiences into online – as our SoFa, So Good travel experience dedicated to various destination with high sense of realism. I would like to bring the idea of conscious living.

Can you give us some advice on how to be more sustainable?

E.G.:You can be eco-sustainable, trying to consume less plastic and buying at farmers markets where you have paper packaging. Always carry your personal multiuse water bottle. Try to use less the elevator and switch off the lights when you don’t need it: when a bunch of people does it, we’ll make difference. Do nice things for others, for your environment and the people who surround you. Upcycle your clothing: restyle, think about new ways of using, cut off the collar of your white shirt or make a skirt shorter – experiment!

What your summer wardrobe consists of?

E.G.: Definitely, a white shirt, which is the base of my wardrobe. Also, I’m in love with pareos in nice fabrics for summer, which you can wear as a top, a skirt, or a dress. Pajamas, I’m a big fan. And it’s getting more and trendier nowadays! I would pair them with some nice accessories, or shoes, to make it look fancy. We have some nice ones at Goooders.com – it’s Made in India and fair-trade. Also, kimonos are a great thing for summer, especially for a night out.

What is your vision for future?

E.G.: I’m thinking about more and more collaborations, at deeper levels – to my mind, this is the future model. For example, Goooders and Nike. For my business this will be the way. I think we all will be more open to interaction in general. I’m dreaming about launching a Goooders hotel in a sustainable and luxury destination.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

E.G.: Be yourself!

Name 3 things you’re craving to do when the quarantine’s over?

E.G.: Having my morning cappuccino at the corner bar where I’m a regular. I really miss the seaside (my grandmother lives in South of France, and my mother in Tuscany by the sea), so I would probably take a drive along the coast. And I would love to catch up with my friends, laughing together in person.

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“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” ~Arnold Palmer

Giving it your all is hard enough, but when the odds are stacked against you it becomes very tempting to just pack it up and go home. But if the odds aren’t in your favor you have to give it as much effort as you possibly can if you hope to come out on top.

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Only you know if you’re giving your full effort, so this becomes a battle with yourself more than anything else. Learning to get the most out of yourself is a trick that the most successful achievers have mastered.

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