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VNDL:  Describe your work/process
SM: A constant search for the perfect light, the most uninhibited emotions, and if I’m lucky, sometimes both.

 

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What have you been up to recently? (trips, projects, work?)
Finally got my hands on the final product of a book that I made documenting a trip across the US on tour with a few bands, so I’m going through the tedious process of mailing those out now. Planning an amazing little trip right now out to the US again, first to Florida, then flying to California and driving up the coast with my best friend, then to Indiana for a couple days. I work full time at a marketing company and I need a couple weeks to breathe actual fresh air so I booked a trip entirely dedicated to shooting photos I want to shoot. After that hopefully touring again sometime in the fall.

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Favorite Camera?  (weapon of choice)
A Hasselblad for good quality landscape shots and portraits and my trusty Pentax MZ-7 for more spontaneous stuff. I’ve been using it since I started shooting, my dad lent it to me when I was 12 and I just never gave it back.

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Favorite Quote
“You don’t have to have the greatest idea ever thought of, just don’t bore everyone to death with mediocrity” – Jerry Hsu

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Advice to other creative’s/aspiring artists
Shoot absolutely fucking everything. At least if you end up hating what you made, you learned something about yourself.

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What are you currently listening to/reading/ watching?
I haven’t stopped listening to The 1975’s self titled since I first heard it late last year. Besides that, Nothing, Seahaven, Magrudergrind, Incendiary, and old Third Eye Blind and Slipknot. I’m a little all over the place. I’m in the midst of reading Under The Skin by Michael Faber and kind of hating it so far. I’m watching True Detective and loving every second of it.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Ideally, I’d like to be living on the west coast and able to financially support myself with a career in the arts. With some dogs and my boyfriend. Nothing too wild, I just want to be happy.

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Who is or where does your inspiration come from? Any emerging artists to watch out for?
The way the light falls on things. Watching someone react to their favourite band playing live. Waking up hundreds of miles from where you were when you went to sleep. Passionate, determined individuals. Vivian Fu is not nearly as established as she should be, so look out for her. She’s a photographer from San Francisco and shoots entirely analogue. I look up to her a whole bunch.

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Name: Steph Mill
Location: 20 minutes outside of Toronto, Canada
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