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I used to describe Mystic as if it were something akin to summer camp for photographers. You go, spend 3-4 days together in close quarters and you learn so much about each other, and a lot about yourself. In many ways, it is exactly that. But in today’s industry landscape there are many places just like that. Mystic is somehow something intangibly much much more. Mystic has a soul.
Every time I've gone, I've been met with a collective desire to learn, to soak in, to encourage and develop our industry. The character of this conference is a kind of realignment of the photographic heart. It is this conference where I learned that passion for the craft is rooted in belief. Ostensibly, we talk a lot about the power of photography, the value of images, and the importance of the job we do as image makers. The result is nothing short of existential: It shows you that you can be a better photographer than you thought, in ways that you had never considered. Walter and Angela have consistently curated a collection of speakers and attracted a collection of attendees who are wholly committed to believing in the work that they do, and that spirit is infectious.
You know that feeling when you’ve heard so much about a place and you’re so excited to go but you’re also super nervous because you don’t know anyone and you have no clue what to expect? That was me the moment before I walked through the doors of the Benson Hotel for Mystic 2018. Within 3 footsteps of entering the lobby, I was greeted by a group of people asking “Hey are you here for Mystic? Pull up a chair, grab a drink with us”. I’ve never felt more welcomed in my life. That openness, acceptance, and sincerity continued throughout the day, and over the course of the entire week. In that short span, my world spun upside down in the best way possible. Not only did I walk away with a completely different outlook on my purpose, inspiration driving my work, and an insane amount of value to bring back to my business, I also met people that now months later have become some of my closest friends, my confidants, the people I call when I have everything to say or nothing at all. Meticulously planned and executed, Angela and Walter pull off an unbelievable production that leaves you feeling like you’ve attended a world class event from the comfort of your favorite hang out spot. Mystic is not just a seminar, it's a life-changing experience. If you think you’ll find any other workshop like this out there, you’re kidding yourself. Thank you, Walter, Angela, and the entire Mystic community for being so much more than I ever expected. I’m so thankful I didn’t let my fear of the unknown stop me from embracing this kick-ass community.