To me, powerlifting and deadlifting is my zen meditation. Not only that, but powerlifting and deadlifting has taught me — I have no limits.
A technique I like in street photography is the ‘decapitation technique’– literally cutting the head off your subjects (or just showing their limbs):
A random thought I had this morning– what if we never blamed anyone else, but ourself? To me, this would be one of the most empowering sentiments. Why? It means that we have 100% control over our lives, and it is silly for us to blame anyone else!
Let’s say you have an “uninteresting” life. If so, is it still worth photographing? I say yes!
I want to share why I personally photograph.
My favorite compositions of Henri Cartier-Bresson:
Claude Monet: I love his colors, and his personal writings. Here are some practical lessons I’ve learned from him:
To make better photos, strive to achieve this aesthetic: simple and elegant.
Josef Koudelka: one of my photographic heros.
Have pride in your pictures! Don’t expect others to praise you for your photos. Praise yourself and your own images!
Some of my personal favorite color pictures:
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To me, life isn’t fun, interesting, or rewarding without risk!
To be honest, you cannot control whether you make a good photo or not. However you can control your ability to take risks, and be brazen!
I want to congratulate everyone who contributed and participated in STREET CLUB: Summer School 2018— for your meaningful feedback, your pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, and this empowering community we have built together!
A philosophical question I was pondering while lying in bed this morning–
“What kind of photos will last, and what kind of photos will not?”
In ancient Greek times (according to Homer in the Iliad, and Nietzche confirms this), warriors only desired fame, glory, and to immortalize their name. They didn’t really care for riches or power, they essentially desired immortal fame.
Now the question I have is this:
Is fame a good thing, and if so, how can we achieve it?
Garry Winogrand: genius street photography composition master.
There’s all this doomsday talk lately how AI (artificial intelligence) is going to kill and destroy us, and steal our jobs. I think this is silly. To me, I see artificial intelligence as just another benefit to humanity; hopefully something that helps simplify our lives, and help us focus more on artistic creation!
The more I theorize about photography and art, the more I’m starting to realize — art and photography isn’t about depicting some visual “truthfulness” of reality. Instead, it’s painting and presenting our own version of reality with others!
One of my passions is composition — why? It’s a fun visual exercise and game!
Some of my favorite photos:
Before we seek to make good photos, we must first seek to live a good life!
Practical tips on making better street photographs:
Color photography is great. Why? Let me share:
Just wanted to give you a little life update– from the LA Suburbs (specifically, Little Saigon in Orange County):