Art Director’s Club Interview

I was recently contacted by The Art Director’s Club in NYC and asked to participate in their Photography Month. Below is the entire interview! Hope you enjoy reading it! Link to their blog here: Art Director’s Club - Diego Texera: Putting in Work

Diego Texera: Putting In Work 

Miami-based photographer has an “OCD for symmetry” 

Photography Month continues here on the ADC Blog, a chance to showcase the shutterbugs within the ADC community, sharing both their work and their stories. Photographers aren’t the biggest segment of creatives amongst ADC Members, but their passion more than makes up for their numbers. Whether they’re veterans with years of experience, newcomers just starting to make a living, or just people who love to shoot on the side. 

For our next featured ADC Member, we head south down to Miami, and a professional photographer who intimately knows that his craft is as much business as it is pleasure.

How old were you when you became interested in photography? How did that interest come about, and how was it fostered? 

I first became interested in photography when I was 9, using my dad’s point and shoot camera on family vacations. I always had a knack for tech, and since cameras are covered with buttons I wanted to know what they all did. My father was the first to notice that I had an affinity for pictures; it runs in the family, and he was paying attention. I’m one of many in my family to have picked up a camera, and not the first to do so professionally…(although I didn’t know that at the time.) My uncle is an award-winning filmmaker, my father studied and worked in photography in New York for a time, my grandfather was a scientist and his dad removed the roof from a house to let the light in and make it a studio. 

Do you remember the earliest photograph you ever took that moved you?  

I don’t remember the first picture I took, but I always had access to a camera and unlimited film. Back then my father had a health food store in a mall in Puerto Rico and there was a photo lab right across the hall. Eventually I became a regular, picking up / dropping off film and asking the employees lots of questions about everything photography. By the time I was 11, I had already commandeered my mother’s Nikon EM, a semi-manual prosumer camera that was aperture-priority only with manual focus. When I was in the 7th grade, I approached some seniors (my school was 6th – 12th grade) who were on the yearbook staff and I was allowed to join them because they didn’t have pictures of the kids in 6th-8th grades. 

What type of photography would you say is your specialty, and how did it come to be your specialty? Can one be transient — starting in one area of photography but evolving into another? 

My specialty is making images that are graphic and clean. I like symmetry, organized composition and balance. I like all lines to be organized and leveled, and negative space is my friend. As for genre, lately I’m shooting a lot of food. Everyone in my family is a foodie, starting with my dad who’s a chef and restaurateur, so it seemed like a natural fit. That being said, I really enjoy portraiture, travel and black and white photography so I continue to shoot that on a regular basis. In this business, it’s frowned upon to be a jack-of-all-trades, and I understand why. That said, I think it’s important to be flexible. I believe it makes you a better photographer. Many of us start by shooting anything and everything. Most of it is garbage, but it makes you who you become. When we abandon that curiosity, we deviate from what got us here in the first place. Basically, don’t drink too much of your own Kool-Aid. I’ve shot everything, and the things I enjoyed the least (like weddings) were things that made me better. Weddings and events in particular are good training because 1) the moment is never happening again and 2) you have to get the shot. As Neale Donald Walsch said “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

“Many of us start by shooting anything and everything. Most of it is garbage, but it makes you who you become. When we abandon that curiosity, we deviate from what got us here in the first place.”

Define your photographic style in a single sentence. 

I have a rabid — albeit undiagnosed — case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for symmetry!

What’s your favorite camera to shoot with? What’s so awesome about it? 

The best camera is the one you have on you. Ansel Adams once said, “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!” Of course, there are tools that allow you to execute your vision better than others, and knowing how to use the myriad of tools is important…but sometimes this gets in the way of learning how to use the most important tool of all, your eye. I currently shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III, but if you have a trained eye, the make and model are largely irrelevant. Look what Apple did with the “Shot on iPhone 6″ print and outdoor campaign, which features real photos taken by real iPhone 6 users that Apple found online and loved enough to print on billboards worldwide. 

What is the hardest part about making a living as a photographer? Any advice on how to overcome that challenge?

Manage your downtime. It’s easy to do what you do when you have to do it. Client calls, you go shoot it and then go home. But what do you do when the phone isn’t ringing? Are you working on personal projects? Are you getting in touch with art directors and producers? Are you getting better at running a company? Are you making the best use of your time or did you waste your day? Running a photography business is 90% business acumen and 10% photography skills. Anyone with proper training can take good pictures, but not everyone is made to be an entrepreneur. Know thyself and embrace paradox.

“Running a photography business is 90% business acumen and 10% photography skills. Anyone with proper training can take good pictures, but not everyone is made to be an entrepreneur.”

Is there a particular project of yours of which you’re especially proud? 

My personal black and whites are my pride and joy. If photos were children, these would be my firstborn. This is my main project and will always be there. Like children, this project will continue to grow and eventually become its own person. All I can do is feed it and foster its growth in the hopes that it’ll grow up to be big, strong and healthy. For me, this means traveling and keeping that wanderlust spirit alive. I travel at least 2-3 times a year. This year we have two big trips booked…Colombia and Southeast Asia for a month.

What would be your dream client/project/collaboration? 

A National Geographic cover would be a ‘drop the mic’ moment. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing than shooting a National Geographic cover because I was given a subscription to the magazine when I was very young, and I hold them up on a pedestal. They’re my unicorn, except they’re real. I’d like to think that my curiosity, passion for nature and love for exploration would make me a good fit for them. 

Nowadays everyone has ‘cameras’ in their pockets and Instagram on their phones. How has this changed the photography game? How has this changed your photography game? 

I think it’s great! My language is photography and now more and more people are using that language to communicate. The more people that speak my language the better off the industry at large will be. Back when video started to become more prevalent, the suspicion was that it would kill photography. I wasn’t so sure, and sure enough, photography today is stronger and better than it has ever been. Pardon the cliché, but a picture is still worth a thousand words, and brands have taken notice by pouring tons of money into social media campaigns. Personally I’m still shooting the same things I would be without Instagram, except now I have another channel to share images through.

“…photography today is stronger and better than it has ever been. Pardon the cliché, but a picture is still worth a thousand words…”

“So, you’re a photographer?” What’s the strangest question you’ve received when someone learned what you do?

It’s not so much the questions, it’s really the comments I hear. People often say things like “You’re so lucky…you must see a lot of naked chicks.” I find that most people assume that a photographer’s job begins and ends with the click of a button…and that our profession is glamorous and sweat-free. Unfortunately, this job isn’t as glamorous as it seems on TV.

What are your other creative outlets and sources of inspiration? 

I like to cook. Sometimes you have a recipe and other times, out of necessity, you’re inventing with whatever is in the fridge. There are parallels to commercial photography in the kitchen. Sometimes the client has a strict shot list and tight control on the elements in the frame, and in other cases I’m given freedom to improvise and “whip something up” with what’s in the fridge. I also have a lot of fun plating a dish in creative ways and also how you set the plate on the table. In many ways it’s just like making a painting, except with food. I’m also a bit of nerd so I love watching nature and science documentaries; they feed the dreamer inside of me. My favorite is “Baraka”, a cinematic world-tour that every human needs to see. 

Fill in the blank: “When I’m not shooting, I am…”

…I am still working. Usually editing, making calls, emailing, quoting, invoicing, delivering files, upgrading computers, backing up my archive, organizing gear, networking, and the same thing we do every night Pinky, plotting to take over the world! There’s always a bigger fish that wants to take what’s mine and that motivates me to stay on top of my game. When I’m not working, I’m cooking, traveling, eating, mountain biking, eating some more, watching movies and spending time outdoors with my wife.”

Which professional photographers do you look up to, whether from afar or as mentors?

Currently I’m paying a lot of attention to Rodger Hostetler’s still life work. I also just found out about Kenji Aoki, and I’m blown away by his stuff too. I save screenshots of anything I find inspiring and organize them all into an “Ideas” folder with a ton of subfolders (here’s the OCD I had mentioned earlier). Another endless source of photographic and life inspiration is Warren Richardson, a self-taught photojournalist, former Aussie sniper, and most recent winner of the World Press Photo of the Year. He’s absolutely insane. He’s a close friend and an inspiration for reminding myself to be compassionate. It’s easy to lose that when you grow up and live in an aggressive city like Miami. It’s also important to mention my commercial photographer friends that in one way or another help me every single day. Whether it’s fighting alongside me in the trenches, consulting them before bidding on complicated jobs, curating my portfolio, helping me produce shoots, patting me on the back or ripping me apart… these are the ones that have really helped me the most. 

When all is said and done, what is it about being a photographer that gets you up in the morning and drives your passion?

I love creating images that nobody has ever seen before. Sometimes it’s of things we’ve never seen but other times it’s of the common and mundane. I get a real thrill from showing a new perspective. But what I really love is collaborating with creative/art directors to make an idea come to life as a team. Photographers are often solitary creatures, creating images in a vacuum in the beginning of their careers. Some of us make the jump into the commercial space and then everything changes. We begin to work with large crews where there are many people higher up on the food chain than you, and everyone has their own unique vision for the project. This process alone is an art, and it’s exciting to see everyone work towards a common goal to make something that’s not only esthetically valuable but also commercially. In the end, we become so much more than just photographers…we’re problem solvers, businessmen (and women), creators and bridge builders.

Morning Calm Magazine Street Foods Feature

So I wake up one morning and I have an email from the editor of Morning Calm, Korean Air’s In-Flight magazine. The job…he wants to do a feature for the Street Foods section on Cuban sandwiches with “editorial photography of vendors preparing and selling them, of people eating them, and some street scenes that show Cuban culture in Miami.” Fortunately for me (and unfortunately for my waistline), you can’t talk about a Cuban sandwich in the context of street food without also mentioning the croqueta (croquette - ground up ham with a béchamel sauce formed into delicious little logs, then rolled in bread crumbs and deep-fried) and the cafecito cubano (a shot of espresso mixed with a sugar/coffee paste that delivers a rich/sweet foam head on the coffee)…but I digress….I was more than happy to research and photograph this topic, as you can tell…over and over and over again.

The first step of every single commercial and editorial photography assignment I accept is research. For this job I looked at existing material on Cuban sandwiches and “Calle Ocho”. On one hand I’m looking for visual inspiration and guidance, but on the other hand, I’m looking to see what’s been done so I don’t repeat the same stuff that’s currently out there. I don’t pretend to be the best photographer of any genre…commercial or editorial, for an ad agency or for a magazine…but I care enough about my clients and the job to do it proper justice…and this requires effort. Some jobs require less research than others, but they all deserve my detailed attention.

After having done my due diligence I set out to walk up and down “Calle Ocho” for hours, scouting locations for the main shot of some people eating Cuban sandwiches…checking out little shops, buying a soft drink or snack at some of them, talked to strangers and looked for buildings to get on top of so I could get a higher vantage point of the area. The most important part of this exercise was obviously the images I was tasked to capture for my client, but I brought back something far more meaningful and interesting…the experience of having rediscovered a part of town I never really cared for. Little Havana is usually full of people at most hours…pumping Cuban coffee into the willing, over-caffeinated masses of tourists and locals alike. Sweet.

The juxtaposition of this old school neighborhood against the backdrop of Brickell, chock full of multi-million dollar high rises and home to the largest concentration of international banks in the US, only adds to the eccentricity of this side of town. “Calle Ocho” has bars, eateries, a domino park, an old theater, ice-cream shops and everything in between…all of which I was happy to explore in detail over the course of several days.

In the end, I had a great time shooting this. I got to photograph something that was literally, hiding right under my nose, as I’ve been eating Cuban sandwiches and croquetas since I was a kid and discovered cuban coffee studying for a 7th grade World Geography final at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School…thanks Danny.

At the end of the day this was a photography assignment that allowed me to rediscover my Cuban roots and taught me to appreciate a proper Cuban sandwich.

Below please find the published work!

Edible Revolution by Rebecca Wakefield

When talking about the quintessential Cuban dish— the eponymous sandwich — it is important to first state upfront that the only true example of the genre is located in Miami. Do not be fooled by such Florida locales like Tampa Bay, which have taken a perfect thing and changed it into something that is more Italian than Cuban.In Miami, the Cuban sandwich is best ordered from a Latin cafeteria or diner, preferably one with a window that opens onto the street for the dispensation of inexpensive, high-octane hits of coffee and sugar.
You can order a sandwich from the window, but the “Cuban” is a substantial affair best enjoyed seated. The window is for finger food: salty, addictive croquetas that are something like miniature logs of fried and breaded meat, or sweet guava pastelitos, flaky pockets of puffed pastry filled with guava paste and lemon-tinged cream cheese. The frita, a Cuban hamburger, is also not to be missed.

The Cuban sandwich is a working man’s lunch, overstuffed and invariably messy, but deeply satisfying. Its origins are somewhat disputed. Some records say it emerged from the working class cigar factory neighborhoods of Tampa Bay around 1905. Others claim it came over directly from Cuba, and it found its true expression on the streets of Miami.
“Even though it is a very simple sandwich to make, very few Cuban families ever make a Cuban sandwich at home,” says Glenn Lindgren, one of the Three Guys From Miami, who run four popular Cuban-American websites and are the authors of two best-selling Cuban cookbooks. “Having a Cuban sandwich is a great excuse to get out of the house and possibly meet your neighbors and friends at the local shop or walk-up window. It is one of those rituals that make eating Cuban food such a pleasure in Miami.”

It begins and ends with the bread — a loaf of thick, airy white Cuban bread that is slightly under-baked, which allows the crust to crisp on the press without getting overly brown. Layered onto the buttered bread are quantities of slow-roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles. Most places add mustard, but some feel that this is overkill. In Miami, it is best not to ask about tomatoes, mayonnaise, and especially not salami.

The sandwich is then cooked in a press to toast the outside and seal in the juices of the garlicky pork and sweet ham. It is cut into diagonal slices and served on a plate, often with crispy potato sticks on the side. A good Cuban will be reduced to nothing but flurries of crust crumbs by the end of the meal.
In Tampa Bay or Key West, the sandwich may or may not be pressed. It could include a layer of salami, and may be offered with other toppings typical of American sandwiches. According to Lindgren, the Tampa Bay-style sandwiches can be a nice change of pace — occasionally. “However, we must insist that a true Cuban sandwich must be flattened and toasted on a plancha and must never, ever contain any mayonnaise,” he insists. “That first bite should be crispy, slightly crunchy with the blend of juicy roast pork and ham and plenty of soft melted cheese.”
There are many places to get a good Cuban in Miami and disputes about whose are the best are nearly as lively as the Tampa/Miami debate. On the Little Havana tourist trail, two places stick out as well worth a stop. El Exquisito on Calle Ocho has been a staple of the neighborhood for more than 40 years. And just a short walk past art galleries, cigar shops and Domino Park, El Pub is also a venerable institution operated by the same family.

Each locale sports a pre-revolutionary flavor, thanks to the careful attention of octogenarian Heliodoro Coro, who, until very recently, could be seen behind the lunch counter slicing pork by hand each day. With Cuban flags and maps and poster nostalgia in abundance, the place is a favorite with both tourists and locals. The savory, velvety black beans are superb and should also not be missed.

Further afield, Luis Galindo’s Latin American just west of Coral Gables is a local favorite that people continued to frequent after its first location was shut down due to hurricane damage. Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop in Wynwood, which is a daily stop for many denizens of downtown Miami, is another option. Islas Canarias on Northwest 27 Avenue is frequented by both white and blue collar workers in central Miami. For sheer, over-the-top Miami flavor, a trip to Versailles is in order, although less so for the food than for the surreal surroundings.

“I grew up going to Galindo’s,” explains filmmaker and newspaper columnist Joe Cardona, a Miami native. “I’d sit and watch the guy slice the meat right there. In a world of trendy foodie glamour, these folks make the Cuban sandwich with its original, simple ingredients. I was in awe of it at six, and I’m still in awe of it now.”

by Rebecca Wakefield

Behind the Scenes at VISA Latin-American Headquarters in Miami

The Challenge: Shoot 600 portraits in 2 days, on 2 identical sets.

Fleishman-Hillard - Miami contacted me to shoot portraits for VISA’s entire staff at their Latin American Headquarters in Miami. The client requested that I have two sets working simultaneously, delivering identical images, for 600 people. Although I felt that the number was high, I did some math and figured it was do-able…but didn’t give us a very large margin of error so I knew production planning was key. I made sure we had everything we needed, scouted the location a few days before and rented all the gear from Tommy at Carousel Studios.

On this shoot I worked with two assistants, a second shooter and a behind the scenes cameraman. We arrived early, knowing that VISA’s security would be tight, and I went to get access cards for the crew. Using dollies and carts we wheeled all the gear through the narrow hallways leading from the loading dock, making a conference room our home for the next two days.

Once inside we staged all of the gear, got organized and got to work. The setup was very simple. C-stands to hold up the Country Blue paper background from Savage Papers and some ProPhoto lights….Key, Fill, Hair and Background Spot. The client requested that our images match those of the portraits being shot around the world at various offices so I dialed in the lights, shot some tests, got the thumbs up from the client and got rolling!

VISA wanted some behind the scenes video so I hired Chris Carballo who never lets me down (or anyone else for that matter). Overall the shoot was very successful. We got everything we needed and the client was happy.

The final product! No pixels were harmed in the making of these pictures.

If you have any questions about how I can help you obtain professional corporate portraits, please contact me at your convenience.

Top 10 Favorite Black and White Photos

I often get asked, “What’s your favorite thing to shoot?”…. And I don’t know that I’ll ever have a straight answer to that question because “It depends”…. but one thing remains true, I love black and white photography.

Back when I was a kid I borrowed my mom’s Nikon EF, along with all her black and white film, probably T-Max or Tri-X…and since mom was buying the film I had no complaints. Many years later, I’m still really drawn to black and white images so here are my top 10 favorite black and white photographs from my collection.

They are:

  1. Bamboo

This shot is special because it’s from one of my favorite places on this planet. Choroní, Venezuela. I partially grew up here, spending my vacations barefoot, without any concept of time. This once sleepy Old Spanish Colonial fishing village and it’s adjacent rainforest, Henri Pittier National Park (Parque Nacional Henri Pittier), are home to one of the most impressive concentrations of flora and fauna in the world. Even with all this diversity, there was one thing that always had my attention…Bamboo! It’s flexible and strong, but the reason it was planted here is what intrigued me. The root systems are these thick masses of very small (but strong) root strands and this was particularly useful for shoring up the outside edge of this insane mountain road that often got really sketchy. I could go on and on about this one road…. which is coincidentally where I learned to drive at 15 but I’ll blog about Choroní on a separate post.

  1. St. Peter’s Basilica - The Last Mass of the Millennium - December 31st, 2000.

This image was shot on a Nikon FM2 probably using TMAX 400 or TRI-X 400 black and white film. The chairs had been laid out for the service and you can see the line of people waiting to enter the basilica. I’ve gone on many trips all over the world since I was a kid and this was one of the most impressive places I’ve ever seen. The grandeur, the volume of people…it was like Disney World for believers…and it produced this picture so I’m grateful for that.

  1. Keep on Walking - Cusco, Peru

What a wonderful image this is for me to enjoy…I love how reminiscent this is of The Beatles famous Abbey Road image. I was standing in the doorway of a store with my camera on and in hand…I had been shooting inside the store and walked out to get fresh air. We had just landed in Cusco (elevation 11,152 ft./3,399 m) and I was still a little loopy from the lack of oxygen. Having grown up and lived at sea level all my life, this was a new experience as a photographer because you don’t have all your wits about you and you still want to make great travel photography.

  1. Inverse Equation - Loop Road - Everglades - West Miami-Dade, FL

Loop Road is way out west in Miami-Dade County and runs about 24 miles in various stages of disrepair. During the rainy season some areas are impassable unless you have the right vehicle. Fortunately for me, this wasn’t a problem…and while stopping to photograph alligators, birds, plants and the like…this was the one image from that excursion that really stood out. There is some trickery to the way this image is presented so look closely and see if you can spot what I did. I thought it was more interesting this way, and way more graphic.

  1. I am the Lizard King! - Key Largo, FL

I smile every time I see this picture for two reasons. The first, the name…because I’m a big fan of The Doors and this dude was all rock n roll. Secondly, he didn’t seem to care that I was getting up in his face, and that made me feel more comfortable he wasn’t going to attack. This bad-boy measured over 6ft, easy, and he was by far the biggest dog on the block. I approached him little by little, inching closer and closer, and he was fearless…at one point even turning straight at me. In the end, it was I who got tired of shooting him and walked away…he never budged. The Lizard King!

  1. Dinner Key Marina - Coconut Grove, FL

Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t. This night, I wasn’t anywhere near sleepy and decided to go out exploring. I drove out to Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove, pulled out the tripod and went to work. The water and wind were still and the boats barely moved…it was a perfect scene. This was a 30 second exposure.

  1. Chuao, Venezuela - Arriving at port

Every now and then you have to risk your camera gear to get a shot. This was one example where I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop me. We had been walking all day through the Cacao plantation in Chuao, Venezuela and as is customary in the tropics it started to rain in the afternoon. We had taken refuge inside a little bar/store/hut/restaurant/fishing shack when I noticed this scene unfolding. I set my exposure from under cover and quickly ran out in the rain with my camera under my shirt. I got to the sea wall and unsheathed my old Canon 5D and shot this as fast as I could. Sometimes images get away from you, sometimes they don’t. The difference is that you can live with making the effort to get the perfect shot and failing miserably whereas staying safe and keeping my gear dry would have just consumed me with regret. These are the images that justify taking risks…and it will forever live in my top 10 black and white photographs of all time.

  1. Freedom - St. Louis Zoo

I love animals. Big, small, dangerous or harmless…I absolutely admire and enjoy watching them do what they do. Primates, however, are an absolutely different experience. They are in a class all by themselves. These animals are so much like us that it’s difficult to not anthropomorphize what we perceive their feelings to be. It’s without question that most animals have feelings, but to what extent remains a bit of a mystery…at least to me because I’m a photographer not a world-renowned anthropologist and primatologist like Dr. Jane Goodall. Regardless, watching this poor fellow was such a sad moment for me. We didn’t exchange glances, have a deep connection or anything like that…but for a moment while I was framing this image I stopped and just observed him/her through the viewfinder, deeply compassionate about the state of his/her life. I imagine there’s some logical explanation as to why some animals would fare better in a zoo than in the wild, especially those that were born in captivity, but it still saddens me that we lock animals up for our entertainment.

  1. A man and his Bird - Hollywood, FL

Sometimes you’re looking for one specific type of shot when another one completely slaps you across the face and demands your attention. This was a moment when the last thing I was thinking about was animals or anything like this. I’m walking around a body painting competition at the Hollywood Circle Park and this guy happens to be standing next to me. I turned and fired, thought nothing of it and kept going. Once I got home and starting processing my files, making adjustments and deleting the garbage files when I find this gem. I was so moved by light, composition, expressions and the totality of it that it immediately became one of my all-time favorites…and then I made it black and white. For me… WOW. What is it about black and white photography that makes it so special? Anyway…I hope to one day be able to give this man his photo.

And now… the top dog…the big kahuna…the ace of spades…my favorite image ever.

  1. Le Tour Eiffel - Paris, France

This was shot on film back in December 2000. My buddy Orlando and I landed in the afternoon and after deciding on a bar as the logical destination, we stumbled upon this scene…. and I snapped this. I love how the spotlight from the tower faintly shines through the fog, and how the silhouetted leaves in the foreground frame it all up. Can’t really say enough about how much this image has meant to me since I shot it. It was cold, hard to get (really slow shutter) and totally by accident that we walked by the Eiffel Tower on the way to the bar. I knew we were close to it, but we just walked out of the hotel, made a right, and started walking down narrow streets when all of a sudden this appeared. Shot on a Nikon FM2 on Tmax 400 with a 35mm lens. You know…when you know, you know…and of the 25 rolls of film I shot while on this trip…I knew that this frame was in there. This was the only roll of film that I actually separated and tagged once exposed. I knew it had gold inside.

Signing off…

Diego Texera

My First Blog Post!

Hello World.

The name of this blog is “A Day in the Life” for two reasons. The first is mostly literal and since this is a photography blog, and I’m a photographer, it’s only appropriate for me to give you the backstory on each image. Secondly, and probably not as important, is that I’m a big fan of The Beatles since I was a kid…come to think of it, I probably got turned on to both photography and The Beatles at about the same time. I was 9.

So, what to talk about? Other than photography, what else does one use a blog for? This is largely an experiment…and on one hand, it’s to see if I can still write without boring the snot out of my readers, and on the other hand, we’ll see if the content is relevant and engaging. If I fail on any of these fronts, please feel free to let me know and hopefully I can improve.

Thanks for reading and have a nice day!

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