Welcome to The Curious Lens

A collective of photographers & storytellers who empower each other through meaningful conversations

The Curious Lens

What is The Curious Lens?

The Curious Lens is an online community for photographers. We provide a place for photographers to connect, be inspired, learn from, and SUPPORT one another. It's a unique community focused on photography education, creative focus, business, and business wellness. 

We help photographers and aspiring photographers launch their careers by offering community engagement programming and educational opportunities. 


Our community programming 
includes events such as:

  • Virtual conferences & workshops.
  • Skills boot-camps.
  • Panel discussions.
  • Seminars led by industry experts.


In addition to this, The Curious Lens is a community platform for photography networking, mentorship, and collaboration. It provides community members access to various industry professionals invited to participate in our community program offerings. 

The Curious Lens is about many things, 
but community education and altruism are the core of our mission. 

The Curious Lens is the online presence of Matthew Cicanese. 

Matthew is an award-winning storyteller, arts educator, and creative coach with over ten years of industry experience. 

As a Forbes 30 Under 30 and National Geographic Explorer, Matthew is a life-long student of photography with a deep well of experience. He is also a life-long student of his community, which sits at the core of his mission in life. 

Matthew's passion and expertise are improving others' lives by listening deeply to his community, connecting them with the people and mindsets they need, and showing them how to navigate the world of storytelling in ways they never thought possible.


The Curious Lens is a community where photographers can develop their skills, build their portfolios and get feedback from a community of experienced and passionate peers. All are welcome, no matter your path in life. Meet like-minded photographers who share similar pursuits, and connect with storytellers around the world. The Curious Lens is a community of creative entrepreneurs, artists, and professionals looking to gain the skills, confidence, and connections to pursue their passions and realize their dreams.

Through photography and the lens of our mentor Matthew Cicanese, we can also learn about essential aspects surrounding the business of photography. He also covers best practices for running a photography business through workshops, classes, and one-on-one coaching offered through The Curious Lens.

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