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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tony Luna Creative- Update- 08-19-10

Dear Friends:

Thanks to all of you who have sent in wonderful emails about your career progress. As always those emails inspire us to continue to follow our most meaningful paths and grow creatively. This Update is no exception with uplifting stories from around town and around the world.

Enjoy the blog, and have a happy summer!


- Yes, the Summer SchmoozeFest is one week away! It will be held at Art Center's South Campus, 950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, and will be in Room #232, Thursday, August 26 from 6:30 to 9:30. As usual attendees will be given up to ten minutes each to present their current work and that will be followed by networking and general schmoozing. If you know of anyone who is interested in taking the "Crafting a Meaningful Career" classes have them come along and meet past participants. Happy Schmoozing!

- Registration for the Fall term began August 16, and classes will begin September 13, so make sure you sign up for "Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part One-Discovering the Dream," or "Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part Two-Forming the Dream" to take your career to the next level. You can contact Art Center at Night by calling 626-396-2319, or you may go to their web site at And you can always call me directly about the courses at 818-842-5490.

- On August 23 and 30 I will be conducting two Leadership Workshops for the parish ministries within the Catholic Community of St. Finbar in Burbank. I am looking forward to working with selected members of the thirty-eight ministries which St. Finbar's serves. These first workshops will focus on building confidence through effective presentation skills.


- Diana Mulvihill, Photographer- Congratulations Diana! Diana, who took our "Crafting a Meaningful Career" class in the fall of 2006, subsequently enrolled in the Photography + Imaging department at Art Center College of Design and is graduating this Saturday, August 21. We are all very proud of your dedication and commitment, Diana, and we wish you the best in all your endeavors!


(Hacob is standing fifth from the left)

-Hacob Khodaverdian, Photographer- The last Update we mentioned how proud we were to find out that Hacob who, after months of training, climbed to the top of Mount Ararat on July 17, fulfilling a lifelong dream! Here is a link to an article relating the important events that occurred during this momentous occasion,


- Tom Kelly, Photographer
- sent in this email updating us on the progress of his wife, film documentarian Gail Mooney, and their daughter, Erin Kelly, as they travel around the world documenting the miraculous work of people who make a difference.

Gail Mooney

Erin Kelly

"Opening Our Eyes - Their latest PodCast from the Peruvian rainforest on the banks of the Amazon

After some 69 days on the road and a very short four days at home to regroup, recharge and retool, Gail and Erin rejoined their global circumnavigation route traveling to Lima, Peru. The next day they flew off to historic Iquitos, Peru near the headwaters of the mighty Amazon. Iquitos is known as the world’s largest city that is not connected by road to any other city. (link to Google map of Peruvian rainforest)>> The girls will conclude the interviewing, shooting and travel portions of the project in the next two weeks and head home the 1st of September.

Here are the links to their latest PodCast and Blog post published last night. and Podcast from the jungles of Peru.

Thanks for following and supporting them!


Thomas A. Kelly
Kelly/Mooney Productions


- Harvey Cha, Photographer, The Philippines- sent in this email regarding the advocacy groups she and her husband, John, have created to enlist various photography groups to provide assistance to beneficiary organizations such as the Autism Society of the Philippines, the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Resources for the Blind, Inc., Parent-Advocates for Visually Impaired Children, etc.

"This kind of advocacy is spreading like wildfire - more than 20 workshops in the Philippines and one in Singapore in about two years - because we only need to connect photography clubs with beneficiary organizations, and with our sponsors, Canon Marketing and SM Supermalls. If any photographer or photography club in your mailing list would like to replicate what we are doing, we can send the 'template' as well as brief. Each activity - a trip to the zoo, a science centrum, or a recreational center - is followed a few weeks later by a full-blown photo exhibit in one of the malls. At the photo exhibit, both the camera club and the beneficiary organization are allowed to set up booths, so that they could spread awareness about their works.

We do not have a formal organization for this kind of work as we do not solicit any funds for us (but the beneficiary organization - such as the Autism Society of the Philippines, Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Resources for the Blind, Inc., Parent-Advocates for Visually Impaired Children etc. may receive donations). John does all the coordination work through email and mostly Facebook.

I have attached the short history of this advocacy, 'Photography with a Difference.'

Here's a link to an article on one of the workshops with visually- and hearing-impaired children that we just conducted. Actually, this busload of children, parents and teachers had nowhere to stay, so we offered our studio. We bought a few folding mattresses, and gathered all our sofas. Since they were not enough, John decided to buy a big roll of bubble wrap to lay out on the studio floor, so that they would not be sleeping directly on a cold floor. :) But eventually we did not need the bubble wrap, as we were able to borrow, at a moments' notice, 22 cots from the Philippine National Red Cross. :)

I've also attached some photos of our Adphoto 'hotel.'
I read emails at 9am and 3pm. If you are sending something urgent, kindly send me an sms or call me so I can check my emails sooner."

Best regards,

Harvey V. Chua
Adphoto, Inc.
3688 Bautista Street, Palanan, Makati City 1235 Philippines Tel. 63 2 8316117
Other email address:
For tips and newsbits on the business of photography:

"P.S. I was asked to teach 'Business of Photography' again this term. We're still using your ( articles as our 'textbook' and just localizing it by my sharing stories from our 37 years of being in advertising photography. We had our first batch of AB Photography graduates - 7 students - two months ago."


-Tamar Levine, Photographer, "It's been a busy month and I wanted to share a few links...
I had a fun time shooting Katerina Graham for the cover of 944, on sale now...

I photographed Cherri Bomb for their billboards throughout Los Angeles, and album packaging. You can check it out on my blogpost here:

And Rob Sheridan and I finished our second Broken Robot Girl in our Broken Robot Girl Series (Contains nudity):

I am also excited that Broken Robot Girl #1 was selected in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, and will be published in November, and featured in the
award's exhibit.

Thanks in advance for checking it all out. As always, updated work can be found on my website and photo blog.

Have a wonderful weekend!



- Mauren Brodbeck, Photographer, sent in this notice about the show she and other Swiss artists will be in starting in September at compactspace in Los Angeles:

SWEET PEOPLE, September 10 - October 20, 2010
Works by: Mauren Brodbeck, Régina Beith, Stéphane Ducret, Régis Golay, Hervé Graumann, and Oliver Rubli

At compactspace, hosted by The Factory
912 3rd Street, Studio 204, Los Angeles, CA 90013,Tel (310) 428-7135

September 10 - October 20, 2010
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, September 10, 7:00-10:00pm
Lecture with Artists: Thursday, September 9, 6:00-7:00pm

compactspace LA is proud to present Sweet People II, the second leg of a traveling exhibition featuring the work of 6 multi-disciplinary artists from the French-speaking region of Switzerland.

Mauren Brodbeck’s photographs, bustling with activity and color, are micro-narratives which reflect the diversity of adolescence. Stéphane Ducret develops computer-generated pictures with richly colored geometric iconography inspired by the tango, the emblematic dance of his place of residence. Régis Golay’s work concerns a brand of robotic nostalgia that is treated with irony and humor. Hervé Graumann shows, among other works, three-dimensional objects from the ‘Patterns’ series. Olivier Rubli presents the ‘exhibition soundtrack’ on vinyl played on an installation piece made from a record player. Regina Beith investigates the contemporary relevance of mythology and classical philosophy through her evocative photographic series, ‘Dead Easy.’

From tango dancing “squircles” to a faux renegade swordfish, Sweet People uses both new and traditional media to explore themes ranging from the trials of adolescence to the aesthetics of metaphysics. While the exhibition takes its name from a play on the word Swiss, the organizing artists eschew any reliance on strict geographic or curatorial paradigms that often seek to create artificial movements or theme-based inquiries for the purpose of generating niche markets. Rather, their tandem works function as an exquisite corpse, picking up meaning and growing affinity through the artists’ similar geographic origins and the works’ disparate conceptual concerns. Sweet People comes to compactspace by way of gallery synopsisM in Lausanne, and will continue to, among other cities, Buenos Aires and Moscow. The Los Angeles leg is being hosted by The Factory, in downtown LA. During this journey from place to place, the works evolve, metamorphose or renew themselves, unifying the show into a ‘work in progress’ that mirrors the creation of a singular work of art. The artists use ‘found spaces’ in each corner of the
globe as laboratories for their creative methodologies. Though the works lend themselves to definitions in and around Post-Dada and Post-Pop, the collective has transcended historical categorization and institutional will in favor of what participating artist Mauren Brodbeck calls, “a lightness of being, a feeling of romantic freedom and a freshness of expression.” The resulting concoction of sound, photography, painting, sculpture and installation invites its audience to imbibe a celebratory cocktail along with the artist/protagonists, all of whom have all traveled from afar to reassess and play with their ‘cultural product’ in its new temporary home.
An opening reception for SweetPeople will take place on Friday September 10, from 7-10pm. For further information please contact Beth Chucker or Katie Howse.


- Soren Ingomar Petersen, PhD, Inspirational Design- forwarded this informative note:
"Hi Tony, Thank you for offering to relay the latest and greatest from my life. Life is good in South Pasadena. Design research and business is good. There seems to be a need for improved briefing of creative people. We hope to have our next product, 'Integrating Design in Portfolio Management', ready in December for the ICED11 Conference in Copenhagen.
Then I have just been invited to blog on design, for Stanford Alumni. Check out: . In contrast to my “Inspirational Design” blog on LinkedIn ( ), - this blog examine design in a broader sense. The first topic is 'Design for Meaning', based on my research for the 7th International Conference on Design and Emotion. Check it out and please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.
I really hope there will be opportunities to collaborate with the SchmoozeFest community in the fall.

Good luck to everybody!
Yours sincerely,


- From ACCD Faculty, Center for Student Experience-

For 24 hours, on 11/11/11 anyone who has access to a film, video, digital, phone or web camera will be invited to partake in the biggest creative project of our human history. People from 196 different countries, brought together by over 2000 languages will be asked to capture a day in the life of their world. The footage, audio, visual and photographic material will be collated and used as the ingredients for a variety of 11/11/11 initiatives including a 2 hour cinematic documentary, television series, photographic book, world music collection. portable arts festival and an interactive online portal. The 11/11/11 project is a time capsule, which will capture our world in a way that has never been technologically possible before.

By bringing the world together as one, we open up the opportunity for people to view our planet as a singular entity. 11/11/11 is an occasion to illustrate the commonalities amongst all people and to witness the shared experience amongst every human being living on planet earth. With this greater representation, may come an enlightened sense of global awareness, responsibility and recognition.

11/11/11 is created by the people – for the people. It’s sole purpose is to bring individuals together, lift man-made boundaries, shatter misconceptions and open a universal narrative which brings about positive communication amongst all people.

Please join our Facebook group


- Also from ACCD Faculty, Center for Student Experience weekly newsletter-


New prime-time show for a major cable network is looking for Inventors to showcase their creations. The program will feature two hosts (who are experts in invention/innovation/product development) who travel around the country meeting people who are working on "the next great idea". Tesla Motors is one of the products that has already been chosen.

We're looking for inventors who have...
- Mechanical Masterpieces – Does your invention have lots of cool moving parts?
- Inventions that can it be "tested/demonstrated" in interesting ways. The more creative the test the better. Can we take it to the "mall/store/main street" and have people try it out? Could we give it to "the target market" and have them try it out for the day? Can our hosts use it? Obviously inventions don't all fit into this category, but the more "hands on" the product, the better.
- Does it aid in the transportation industry? (increase fuel efficiency, use alternative fuels?)
- Does it feature green energy?
- If you product doesn't fit the above, but your invention is “just plain fun” email us!
- Inventors who have made major personal sacrifices in order to get their ideas off the ground are also very desirable.

Interested inventors please email the following...
- Photo of you and your product
- A couple paragraphs describing who you are and your general location (so we can map out our "road trip" geographically). Describe your product / how it works, why is it better than “what’s already out there” and outline any personal sacrifices you've made to make your product come to life.
- Links or video clips of you and your product in action

If you have questions, please email:
Mateo Neri at -or- Scott Michnick at


(Photo by Maureen Shanahan, Communications Director, 29th. District, California)

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-29th. Congressional District) and Tony at the Small Business Assistance and Career Opportunity Fair, August 11, 2010, Pasadena Convention Center.


I encourage you to continue sending in your informative and motivating emails. I may have to edit them in the interest of space and relevant content, but I will do my best to keep their integrity.

Keep creating wonderful art and, as always, stay in touch!



Tony Luna Creative
A Creative Consultancy
819 North Bel Aire Drive
Burbank, CA 91501
Home office: 818-842-5490
Studio: 626-584-4007


Adjunct Professor: Art Center College of Design
Recent Contributing Author:, an online magazine for 75,000+ members of the photographic community
Author: "How to Grow as a Photographer: Reinventing Your Career" Allworth Press
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