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Giovanni A. Scribano

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Giovanni A. Scribano was born on 14 August, 1954, in Palazzolo Acreide in the province of Syracuse in the autonomous region of Sicily, Italy. After studying literature at the University of Padua, he first worked as a farmer and carpenter for twelve years in Tuscany before moving to Berlin 24 years ago. He started as the assistant of an architecture photographer and then began working as a theater photographer, including photographic services for Italian and German magazines. It was followed by photo exhibitions such as "The World of Film Behind the Camera" and "The Body and the Senses" (nude photography). His next photo exhibition took place in September 2018 in Berlin under the title: "Dead flowers" or "style (l) live". On display were real photo prints behind acrylic glass.

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WELCOME   Dead flowers acquire new visual dimensions. Much like living forms coming from other planets. The meaning: even death can look fascinating!

 
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Making Pictures

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Still-life photographer Sam Hofman creates exceptionally eye-catching imagery, though he admits that a lot of his work is based on instinct. Luckily for him, and his many clients, Sam’s instincts are spot-on and his photographs have a graphic physicality that cuts through the visual noise. Born and raised in the West Country, trained in Falmouth and now based in London, Sam has a distinctive creative vision and a considered way of thinking about his craft. But he also enjoys collaborating on set and bringing everyone’s ideas into the final reckoning. In his clean, constructed photographs he plays with colour, texture and form to present familiar ideas in thrillingly unexpected ways. By constantly experimenting with different materials and in-camera techniques, he creates original commercial and editorial shoots.

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Sam Hofman's personal work Synthetic Flora looks to visualise the chemical synthesis of scent designed to imitate nature. From cleaning products to haute perfumery we surround ourselves with ever more vibrant, potent and stylised fragrance. Exploring this abstraction of nature through manufacture, we have created free flowing organic forms that reference nature in shape but their iridescent reflection is exaggerated – more neon than natural.

 
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Nina Lemm | Liganord

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Nina Lemm is an interior stylist and designer based in Berlin. She has worked in film and advertising, for magazines and private clients. After studying Product Design at Central St. Martin's College of Art& Design in London she worked at Babelsberg Film Studios on Hollywood produced film sets. Her main fascination are relationships of objects within space. A specialized team of set builders and model makers are part of her team. Her first own furniture and acessories collection inspired by brasilian culture has just been finished. She speaks fluent german, english and portuguese as well as some spanish and french.

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"TROPICAL IKEBANA" Series, 2018 Found and collected in the city jungle " Florest da Tijuca" of Rio de Janeiro and small markets, these lush tipical brasilian plants and fruits were used to construct free and vibrant versions of the traditional japanese art of arranging flowers, Ikebana. Photographer Adriano Damas, Concept and Styling Nina Lemm

 
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Loreen Hinz

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Loreen Hinz. Born in 1983 in East Germany / 2005 – 2007 Business Administration Studies / 2009 – 2012 Studies of communication design with main focus on experimental photography with Knut-Wolfgang Maron. Since 2012 Loreen Hinz works as Freelance photographer and artist and has established herself as an artist in international fashion photography, her works can be found in numerous magazines (Vogue Italia, ELLE Germany, L´Officiel Germany, L´Officiel Malaysia, Schön!, Material Girl, Quality Magazine, Designscene, Neo2, Hedonist, JNC,...). A second focus of her work is the field of Fineart photography. She combines wellbalanced compositions with strong contrasts in both lighting and coloring with a passion for Old Masters Painting and experiences with motion blurs during her shootings. Especially her sensitivity for experimental techniques and her portrait-oriented designs make her images an extraordinary sensual experience. Her works were already shown in various solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Loreen Hinz lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin, Germany.

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Pushing the boundaries between modern jewellry and ceramics and Old Master Painting, this Still Life project was shot exclusively for Haus Glanz, Berlin.

 
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Alessandra Kila

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AKILA is a photographic duo formed by Alessandra Kila and Christoph Bolten. Explorers of the metaphysical, theoretical and the fantastical - photographers Alessandra Kila and Christoph Bolten look to the natural world, scientific facts and fiction for inspiration and investigate the life of objects and their sculptural potential. Departing from their literal meaning the duo creates rich new juxtapositions both evocative and surreal which they translate into the emotional landscapes and dreamlike worlds of their photographs. Alessandra Kila graduated from the University of Westminster with a Masters Degree in Photographic Studies. Christoph Bolten trained as a photographer in Germany and before starting to work under the name AKILA, he assisted photographers such us Anton Corbijn, Uli Weber and Tim Simmons. Christoph also founded and runs post-production company Recom Farmhouse.

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PROJECT 1 of 1 > Emotional Contingencies (A Theatre Play) > 9 images Emotional Contingencies is a love story in few acts between two characters √2 and π.   They both are irrational numbers or characters which, whilst being real, are infinite and therefore lead to contradiction. They live in a world of illusion, engulfed by their bleak feeling of love. Around them an intricate web of friends and family intertwines in and out of their lives. If they only could communicate across the barren landscapes of emotions they live in, they would realise the potential of their relation. It's a discussion with no dialogue. An empty stage waiting for their characters to unveil.    This is the PROLOGUE where characters are presented and the stage is set for the performance to unravel. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________PROJECT 2 of 2 > Other-worldly Colour Futures > 3 images   Otherworldly Colour Futures is part of a  series of images created for the special colour issue of Viewpoint magazine. Kila travels through stars and faraway planets inhabited by strange creatures to create imaginary worlds. Colour is alive and luminous. Lurid, digitalised colour inspired by screen glow meets a nature-inspired palette of greens and blues creating a surrealist colour landscape that exudes iridescence. 

 
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Photoby&Co

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Six N. Five is a contemporary design studio specialising in still life visuals and videos with a clean and modern aesthetic; Apart from working on advertising, editorial and video commissions, they also find time to create experimental work which is legitimising cgi as a new medium for creative self-expression. Their refined imagination, poetic compositions, edgy minds and sleek skills makes the studio a hit in the uniqueness and purity of its results. Directed by Ezequiel Pini and based in Barcelona.

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A series of still images with a countdown for the launch of the new Samsung QLED 8k TV. The visuals are a combination of photography and CGI. Six N. Five collaborated with the New York based – Studio Proba. Entrusted with full creative freedom they were asked to develop a set of visuals for the new collection of rugs called “Luster”. These are the amazing environments Six N. Five imagined the rugs living in.

 
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Molly Karlberg | Agent Molly & Co

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"I am fascinated by brittle and incomplete available with all the beautiful. I mix liquids in a tube, and in mid-way of the transformation, gravity pulls and makes new shapes appear repeatedly, and split seconds before it turns into precisely nothing. Each mixture lasts scarcely more than a few seconds. In every swirling moment, the liquids will be an attractive figure. It's a constant presence in our lives, we seldom marvel at the mystery of it." Christoffer Dalkarls, Stills Photographer, Stockholm.

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Stills by Christoffer Dalkarls c/o AGENTMOLLY&CO  

 
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KLAUS STIEGEMEYER

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Studio Likeness, that´s Julia Classen and Magdalena Lepka - a creative duo working on unique concepts for still life photos and videos. Since 2013 they have been working together in their Berlin studio, exploring ways to irritate our perception and questioning photography´s claim of reality. By reflecting each others view they soon developed their very own visual language, crossing boundaries between photography and illustration in a surreal and surprising way. Their collective skill set covers photo illustration, art direction, set design and photography.

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Stills by Studio Likeness c/o KLAUS STIEGEMEYER.

 
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Robert Peek

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Robert Peek is a professional photographer since 1983. His key activities are Fashion stills, Pack-shots and work for Advertising purposes. Excellent lighting, pureness with a smooth edge characterizes Robert's work. His 500 m2 studio is located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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FlowerPower

 

Volker Lammers

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Volker Lammers, born in Rheine/North Rhine-Westphalia. Father of a little boy. Freelance photographer since 2001. Studio in Hamburg Eimsbüttel. Specialized in interior & stilllife with love and interest for materials and techniques such as paper, gypsum, wood etc.Working for magazines and agencies.

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Beauty in gypsum. This present photo series is a playful view to the contrast of materials. On the one hand there are monuments of a perfectionist industry. Absolutely thought-out design, pushed by a tremendous marketing machinery. On the other hand there is gypsum - with the courage to inaccuracy the material opposes in a best possible way, shining in rough beauty. The photos are taken in extremely hard light to show all the characteristics of the material and its defects. Also the post production is not too clean, so the gypsum is able to be authentic. To realize this series i produced silicone forms of the original products and after that i started mass production. The depicted products are the original forming objects. The reason why the lipstick is missing lies in the fundamental concept of this series:  I definitely wanted to show the originals to achieve the maximum truthfulness. And it's simple - the lipstick broke. Defects, truth, beauty.  

 

Ana Cuba

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Spanish-born, London-based photographer Ana Cuba’s eclectic subject matter and eager eye results in imagery that evokes a sense of escapism. With an illustrious client list studded with the likes of Vanity Fair, Monocle Magazine, The Guardian and Amuse. Using a range of cameras, from a 5D to a Rolleiflex 2.8, Cuba says her biggest regret was selling her Contax T3 in order to save for her Master’s degree in Art Direction at ÉCAL. Whatever she’s capturing, from desert flowers to  her eye for form and color imprints her photos with a distinctive and elegant aesthetic trademark.

 

Lochner | Carmichael

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Lochner and Carmichael is a new collaborative project dedicated to producing outstanding photographic images. They are Jillian Lochner, who has worked as a commercial photographer for many years on brand campaigns – and Andrew Carmichael who trained at Goldsmiths and then the Royal College of Art before working as an installation artist for 10 years. Working as Lochner and Carmichael they have quickly developed a collaborative way of working. Andrew develops concepts, builds sets, invents contraptions and makes props. Jillian brings her years of photographic knowledge to perfecting the photo-aesthetic side of the work both in the studio and in post-production. Andrew’s strengths are his calm nature, a deep understanding of perspective and composition, and a love for problem solving. There is a healthy tension in the collaboration between Andrew who always wants to experiment more and test new ideas and Jillian, who wants to rein in and complete the project. Andrew’s fascination with the extremes of light, dark and shadows challenge Jillian’s trademark use of a more restricted tonal palette. These tensions in the collaboration help create images that are more than just a sum of the two peoples work.

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Serving Seafood - this series looked at the aesthetics for imaginary fish banquet put on by a minimalist king. Sets and photography by Jillian Lochner and Andrew Carmichael Styling and fish wrangling by Rosie Scott

 

Van Santen & Bolleurs

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Wendy van Santen & Hans Bolleurs are a Dutch artist couple. They are photographers, directors, thinkers and makers working with everyday items to create images, videos, objects and installations. They create work at the intersection of art, sculpture, graphic design and photography. Wendy & Hans play with concepts, colours, textures and light to create surreal situations that make you marvel at the stuff that surrounds us everyday. With bold colours and minimalist compositions they aim to create a weird and wonderful world. 

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A collection of stills that take you into the minds of Van Santen & Bolleurs. All images are imagined, built, produced, photographed and post produced by the duo. Stills with minimalist graphic compositions, bold colourful set design, a bit of quirkiness and a touch of humor. Why so serious?

 

Soothing Shade

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Haw-lin Services
With a sharp simplicity that strips away excess to reveal a purity of intent, Haw-lin Services’ images burn themselves to memory. The duo behind the moniker, Nathan Cowen and Jacob Klein, work across photography, art direction, graphic design, and creative research – with a focus on fashion, architecture, art, product and interior design.
Texture and detailing take centre stage in their still life photography – the nylon mesh of a sneaker, the finely lined skin on the back of a hand – to reveal sensual beauty in the oft- ignored. The duo skillfully use sculptural shapes and pops of colour, proving that in the hands of Haw-lin Services, anything can become a contemporary cultural artefact.

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Haw-lin Services - Rolex 1-3  //  Haw-lin Services - Acme Chair by Geckler Michels 4-6  //  Haw-lin Services - GQ Germany 7-10  //  Haw-lin Services - Mono 11-12

 

Richard Foster

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A leading specialist in still life photography and moving image, Richard Foster works with some of the world’s best magazines. He is also commissioned for numerous high profile campaigns with leading brands and agencies. Over the past few years Richard has been at work on a number of personal projects, where his curiosity and fascination with light leads him to explore life’s abstraction and beauty. This has resulted in a very successful solo exhibition and the launch of his new book Between Sense & Uncertainty.
Richard works from his own state-of-the-art studio within a three story building, which has been converted from a Victorian sculpting studio. This comprises of two fully equipped digital studios, networked to a dedicated retouching suite, resulting in a uniquely streamlined set-up which is run by an efficient and charming team of experts.

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Richard Foster is a photographer / director specialising in luxury still life. Renowned for drawing & highlighting detail in each image, Richard works from his West London studio with an in-house production team and retouch suite, producing high end editorial and commercial campaigns through both stills and moving image. Richard Foster’s practice starts with a study of an object, with an attention to unexpected details and a focus on form. He uses light, and how it shapes each element, to abstract beauty from within the subject. Richard uses each opportunity, from a personal idea, to a brand collaboration to bring together the tangible components, combining and pushing these to a create visually heightened results.In 2017, Richard Foster published his first book Between Senses & Uncertainty alongside a solo exhibition of the work. The book, with its two mirrored chapters The Beauty of Abstraction and The Abstraction of Beauty celebrates and perfectly summarises Foster’s visual practice and style. Richard Foster is now represented by Wren Agency.

 

Studio Likeness

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Julia Classen & Magdalena Lepka both born on a 13th, in the alps, early 80ies, founded Studio Likeness in 2013.   Julia studied fashion design. After her degree she participated in several art projects and worked as a costume designer on film productions. This path led her from Berlin to Madrid and London, and back to Berlin into the world of images. Magdalena quit studying history of art in Vienna in order to study photography in Berlin. She found her love for still life and worked as a photo assistant in California before she returned to Berlin and met Julia.   While working on their first personal project, they discovered they had a similar way of perceiving the world of objects. By reflecting each others view and combining their skills they soon developed their very own visual language, crossing boundaries between photography and illustration in a surreal and surprising way. Despite their use of a digital camera the better part of their work flow is completely analog. It´s their aim to produce and capture an image in front of their very eyes, working with diverse materials and keeping the use of digital post production to a minimum. Since 2013 they have been working together in their Berlin studio, exploring ways to irritate our perception and questioning photography´s claim of reality.

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WHAT IS NATURAL is a research around the topic mutation. Our stylistic device is the collage. Mutation is neccessary for progress, it leads to change and allows for all creatures to adapt to their environment. To us the phenomenon of mutation is profoundly positive and optimistic. It turns an accident into improvement. A deformation becomes a correction. The moment of mutation is meaningful as it represents a link between the future and the past.   Before there were flowers, there were only plants. 114 million years ago a mutation happened and the first blossoms appeared. This significant change in vegetation inspired us to work with cultured plants, the kinds you´d find in a flower shop. These botanical products - very efficiently grown - are representing nature and artificiality at the same time. This to us is something very characteristic to the times we live in. There is a deep desire to be close to nature while nearly nothing that surrounds us is untouched by humans.   We symbolize this interference by using the collage, performing an analog intervention in classical still life photographs. Our eyes are used to digitally retouched pictures. We accept computer generated images quite naturally. The analoge way is limited but holds opportunities, provoked by the material itself. The process of adding prints, and photographing the deconstructed composition again generates an irritation. In their printed version plants loose their actual physical qualities and gain the ones of paper. Our flowers and plants as well as their surroundings are transforming while printed versions of them are folded, bent and torn in our laboratory of interventions. This mutation process is what we picture in the series.

 

Colin Campbell

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Colin Campbell is a highly experienced photographer specialising in food and still life projects. His richly coloured and textured food photography paired with his background in graphic still life has made him a versatile choice with many top clients and agencies. Colin also shot the food page in The Guardian Weekend magazine for over 12 years working alongside Yotam Ottolenghi and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall . He has also produced several published books including Peyton and Byrne and River cottage handbooks.

Colin works from his own studio situated on the canal in Haggerston. With 1750 sq ft of space, fantastic kitchen, daylight and blackout capabilities and a great client area for relaxing or working. All projects are undertaken using the latest high end digital systems and a fantastic team of food stylists, stylists, and assistants.

 

Mathilde Karrèr

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Mathilde Karrèr’s work is not just about creating an image, she has strong ideas about concept and art direction: create a narrative. Working solo, or with talented stylists, Mathilde strives for a balance of image quality, atmosphere, colour, texture and light. Editorial, commissioned or personal work, it’s about finding just the right context. After studying Fine Arts & Photography, a career in commercial production and Art Department in Film followed. The urge to create took over after a few years, since 2012 the focus has been on Still Life Photography. Now and then Mathilde can also be found on the directors chair.

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'For this series I studied the work of Irving Penn and Fashion Photography as seen as in the 60-ties and 70-ties publications in Vogue Magazine. In my opnion a very creative era'.  To celebrate the season of renewal, we asked Dutch photographer Mathilde Karrèr to shoot 12 hand-picked fragrances that are perfect for spring. What she created is a lush, multi-faceted collage of fragrant flowers, decorative trouvailles, and eclectic travel memorabilia.  When a matchbook from a hotel in the tropics, a subway ticket from New York City, and chips from an unknown exotic casino come together in a single image, these unrelated objects suddenly start to tell a story. They arouse memories of journeys made, movies seen, and dreams dreamed, lived, and discarded.   Photography, Styling &concept.

 

Peter Franck | Atelier Glücklichundschön

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Peter Franck was born in Überlingen/ Germany. 1987 he started studying painting/grafics at the university of fine arts in Nurnberg. 1993 he finished his studys at the university of fine arts/ Stuttgart( Masterclass R.Schoofs). After this he had his first contacts with photography over his brother who is also an photographer.With his from fine art paintings influenced photographys he took part at many exhibitions such as the Fotofestival Naarden, the photosummer Stuttgart, the Art Fair Cologne. Paralell to his photographic work he also continued to work at his paintings which are totally contrasting to the photographic works. PF lives and works in Stuttgart/Germany.

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Name: Review Description: Already in the 15th Century the motif of the vase of flowers evokes the interest of the painter, after 1600 it becomes a major theme of still life painting. With the background of developed rules of painting over the centuries, the here shown pictures try to capture natural objects of daily life in its beauty and to convey an encrypted message, an intellectual content. There are interpretations of the visible world, some with socio-historical scenes in the background - in this case, a good reference to the budget and life style in former times. The background shows abandoned places, the petty bourgeois, the cell- two dimensional picture image modeling objects with shadows and spatial-perspective views. These are the basic requirements for illusionist photography. Due to the dramatic incidence of light a stage is generated on witch the protagonists might appear at any time to play the history of the heal family. In the meantime the place is occupied by magazines, postcards and items building a bridge to past times. The items look as if they had fallen out of the time, they do not adjust on the normal decorations you can find today in the cells of families. Some objects show the violence that lurks behind these facades. They act on the stage as exotics in transit, just tolerated, rarely noticed, cared and then forgotten. Entry Description All shown photographs challenge our visual memory and seduce it. Everything is composition – photography is only one of many means for sparking off associations in the viewer's mind and set stories in motion. In this subtle media setting the images blur the boundary between photography and painting.  

 

Yana Vasilyeva

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Yana Vasilyeva was born in Krasnodar in 1986. In 2009, graduated from Kuban State University with the Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. She is an art photographer, also works with land art and installation. Recipient and finalist of numerous international photo awards: International Photography Awards, USA; Prix de la Photographie Paris; Fine Art Photography Awards, London; Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers; GoSee Awards, Berlin, etc. Participant of festivals and exhibitions including Berlin Foto Biennale; Festival D'Art Contemporari, Spain; Young Photographers of Russia, Moscow; International Festival of Photography PHOTOVISA, Krasnodar; Head On Photo Festival, Sydney; Barcelona Foto Biennale. Lives and works in Krasnodar, Russia. For more information see: www.yanavasilyeva.com

about the artwork
'Defragmentation' series. In a kaleidoscope of scattered facts and pieces of information – pause for a moment. Sit down. Take a deep breath. . .  Stop the internal dialogue, transforming the swamp of uncertainty into the solid ground. . . through quiescence and inner silence to self-understanding and introspection. Fragmented consciousness is extremely conducive to all sorts of manipulations, isn't it? The thought process is oppressed by stimuli, constantly changing one another, demanding the compressed and easily digestible "food". Perform the optimization. Socium. . . authority. . . enlightenment. . . relations. . . family. . .  stability. . . overcoming. . . development. . . balance. . . protest. . . block. . . time. . .  composure. . . regime. . . position. . .  Mixed and torn into pieces of thoughts, aspirations, memories, experience and knowledge – the living tissue of memory, creates a coherent picture. Organize the database. Restart. You are more resistant to external stimuli and clearly follow your goals. You're starting to hear yourself.