One of the individuals and philosophers who have had the strongest impact on me include Nassim Taleb.
A philosophical question I’ve been interested in: “Why is it that ambition is considered both good and bad at the same time?”
Willem de Kooning: epic paintings, with great colors, shapes, forms, energy, and vivacity!
Bauhaus: the perfect marriage of technology, art, form as well as making functional/beautiful/practical design for the masses.
Fewer than 10 companies own (almost all) the big brands in the world. What does that mean for us as individuals, our own ‘freedom of choice’, and how we live our lives?
A thought: don’t admire things or possessions (like fancy cars, homes, watches, clothes, shoes, stuff, objects, etc). Instead: marvel at your own body; the ultimate sculpture you can sculpt yourself, without the need to be rich, or have access to expensive tools or resources!
A fun question I have been thinking of: why are aesthetics important?
What’s a “distraction”? Are there good or bad distractions? Says who?
Surreal: More than real; hyper-real, and therefore interesting and novel to look at, analyze, and experience!
Is having a new experience the same as re-experiencing an old experience we might have forgotten?
A thought: try to shoot photos of your loved ones on film.
A suggestion in life: to life a more fun and interesting life, pursue fulfilling things which you’re personally curious about!
Practical suggestion: If you want to find inspiration, motivation, or interesting new compositions to apply to your photography, study cinema!
If you’re starting in street photography, here is my free and open-source ‘MINI Street Photography Starter Kit’. For more inspiration and dopeness, see the full version: “Street Photography Starter Kit“.
Blogging: in my opinion, one of the best ways of artistic self-espression:
A small epiphany: the reason we like physical objects (bags, cars, objects, etc) is because we as humans appreciate sculpture; the way that certain objects take up space! We appreciate the colors, shapes, proportions, angles, curves, and forms, of these objects.
I’m more and more inspired by the “Arabesque” (curved) composition, especially in street photography!
A fun thought experiment: if you wanted to life the happiest possible life, and you had unlimited money and resources — how could you achieve this goal in 24 hours?
What’s the ideal diet, exercise routine, etc for photographers, content creators, or artists? Some ideas:
I want to share why I live a nomadic lifestyle, and prefer it.
Loving life in SAIGON:
Guy Le Querrec: his work is so good, words escape me.
Announcing the new ERIC KIM CASE: your new everyday photography case which fits the RICOH GR II, 5 rolls of 35mm film (or 120 medium format film), SD cards, and everything you need!
A thought: photography is great because it helps you love everyone– regardless of who they are, what they look like, regardless of their race, nationality, sex, gender, etc!
Werner Bischof: one of the original members of Magnum, and one of the greatest photographers of all time:
Epic composition lessons from Lee Friedlander:
Dear friend, if you want more inspiration in your own photography, this is my suggestion: don’t just look at the photos of others or the masters, study, dissect and analyze them!
I’ve been a diet, health, and fitness nut ever since I was a (fat) 11-year-old kid. I’m following mostly a “ketogenic” diet now, and I’m stronger, more cut, and more energetic than ever.
Composition lessons from the master, Michelangelo: