On Jealousy and Street Photography

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Istanbul, 2012

The other night before I went to sleep, I was reading a book on my iPad and then wanted to post an inspirational quote onto Facebook. So I logged into Facebook, shared the quote– and suddenly got sucked into the news feed. I started scrolling through the activity of all my friends– and started to feel pretty down. It seemed that all the other photographers I follow online are doing things much more exciting than me: they are traveling to places I have always wanted to, are doing big exhibitions, publishing photography books of their own, and doing interviews for big-shot media companies.

As I kept scrolling through my news feed and clicking around– I started to feel sick in my stomach. What am I doing here sitting on my ass here in Berkeley– and not achieving as much as these other people? After all, I work hard in my photography, in my blog, making connections, and all that jazz.

I then caught myself: I was being jealous. Jealous of the success of other photographers– and not being satisfied with what I had.

When I realized this, I instantly jumped into the shower and blasted it to ice-cold, and let the shock of the cold water put my life back into perspective.

I have an amazing life. I have traveled to many exotic places that I dreamed of when I was younger, met fascinating people, own the camera of my dreams, have a strong following online, and am able to make a living doing what I love.

I then started to have a flash-back of when I first started off in photography. I was far more jealous back then. Everyone I admired online had far stronger images than mine, had more followers, more favorites/likes on their images, been published more, had exhibitions, etc. I felt like a loser in comparison to them.

And now that I have a strong following, have done exhibitions, and make street photography my living– I should be wholly satisfied, right? Wrong.

We are never satisfied

One thing I have learned through cognitive science is that we are hard-wired to never be satisfied. After all, it makes sense. When we were hunter-gatherers thousands of years ago– it wouldn’t make sense for us to be satisfied with what we had. We had to be greedy with food and resources to survive. Our ability to not be satisfied with what we had encouraged us to travel, explore new places, and make a better life for ourselves.

Now we have the same modern dilemma. We are never satisfied with the cameras we own. We are never satisfied with the car we drive. We are never satisfied with the clothes we wear. Everyone always seems to be doing better– and we simply adjust to what we currently have.

Psychologists call this the “hedonic treadmill we get used to the standard of living we have, and make that a new base-line to judge everything in our lives.

For example, when I got my first entry-level DSLR (Canon Rebel XT or 350D) I thought it was the best thing in the world. I was so amazed by the high-quality of the images and how I would be able to create “bokeh” with my 50mm f/1.8 lens. However as I got used to the camera– I wanted a camera even more advanced and better. I then lusted after a Canon 5D with the “full-frame” ability to create even better images at high-ISO and with “creamier bokeh”. I then got that camera. Then I got used to the 5D. Then I wanted something even better- and lusted after the Leica M9 and thought it would be the end of the road. Wrong. Once I got that, I soon got bored of that– and now I am onto my film Leica MP. I still very much appreciate the camera I own, but every once in a while– I get tempted by something else.

So realize the madness never ends. We get used to escalating standards in every way when it comes to photography. We get used to the cameras we own, the lenses we own– the following we have online, the number of favorites and likes we get on our images, and so forth.

Cutting jealousy by the throat

So how can we get over this sense of jealousy we have of other photographers and better appreciate what we have (rather than just adjusting our standards?)

Well there are several techniques I personally use:

1. Imagine a former you

One psychological technique I use to better appreciate what I have is to pretend like I stepped into a time capsule and became a former me.

So whenever I have a lust for a new camera or piece of equipment, I imagine my 19 year old self– with my Canon Rebel XT. How amazed and jealous would I be of my future self– with a Leica MP and 35mm Summicron? I would be pretty damn jealous.

I then warp myself back to my current self. I then look at the stuff I already own, and am amazed by what I own and I appreciate it.

The same goes with social media. I remember when I first joined Flickr when I was 18. When I uploaded photos, I would be lucky if I got more than 50 views per photo, and 1-2 favorites. If my former self saw my future self (with thousands of followers and hundreds of favorites/likes on my images) I would be jealous of my future self. Once again, I shift perspectives back to my current self, and realize how much I have to appreciate.

2. Realize that the people you are jealous of are also jealous of others

Jealousy is a normal human trait and emotion. We can’t control that we get jealous. However what we can control is the amount we get jealous of others– and over time, we can become less and less jealous of others.

One way I become less jealous of others is realizing that they are jealous of others as well.

I have heard some of the most famous photographers in the world are often jealous of their colleagues. For example, when I read the history of Magnum– I was shocked to see how all of these world-famous photographers would be jealous of the success of their peers.

So realize that jealousy is a never-ending chain. So cut the chain loose early-on (with yourself). Realize that nobody is ever satisfied– and jealousy affects us all.

3. Disconnect

The last piece of advice I have when being satisfied with what we have and being jealous of others is to disconnect from the internet. What does that mean? Spend less time on Flickr looking at the photos of others (there will be lots of photographers with more favorites than you). Spend less time on Facebook (there will always be friends and other photographers doing more interesting things than you). Spend less time on Instagram (someone will be on some exotic beach sipping a Pina Colada while you are bored at home).

Funny enough, even though I owe my livelihood (and this blog) to social media– personally I try not to spend too much of my time on social media. I rarely check my personal Facebook, and even less frequently my Twitter, Instagram, and other social media channels. I find the more time I spend on social media, the more jealous I get of others (I find myself always comparing myself to them) which puts me in a depressed mood.

I am not saying never go on social media. It is very important to stay connected to other photographers and what is going online.

However a simple rule which I have incorporated into my life: don’t use social media after 6pm. Surf Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter all you want when you are bored at work or sitting on the bus– but once you go home, disconnect.

What I do is put my phone to “airplane mode” to block the temptation for me to surf social media late at night and become sad about how boring my life is. I then use this quiet time to read books, look and edit my own photos, and spend time to be present with Cindy.

Conclusion

You might think to yourself: sure Eric, you suggest all of these techniques but you already have a strong following online, own expensive gear, and have the freedom to do all of this.

It is true– but that doesn’t mean that I am immune from being jealous from other photographers and people. There are many photographers far more popular than I am, have more expensive equipment, and even more freedom than I do.

And even you– realize how lucky you are. Even if you own a camera (any camera) realize that there are millions of people out there who don’t even have enough food to put on their plate everyday. Our brothers and sisters are dying from disease, famine, and war– and we (myself included) dream of the next purchase we are going to make.

So let us all be satisfied with what we have, and realize how blessed and lucky we are to even have the ability to take photos (and even see). Imagine all the blind people out there who don’t even have the luxury of seeing the world in the way we do– with all the visual beauty and complexity.

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  • G

    Thank you… Just got home after a long day at work… And your article makes me more happy with the things I have and my life.

  • http://www.ivanmakarov.com/ Ivan Makarov

    Dude.. and here I am wishing I was Eric! Dang!

    • will be one day~

      Yea me to!

  • Michael Ares

    I think disconnecting from the internet is a great idea. What’s sad is all the arguments and fighting going on Facebook. Photographers calling each other out, words filled with hatred are being said. Can people relax? Can the competitiveness not be so aggressive? I’m still learning to shoot more and talk less online. And yes, I get a little jealous of people who are in India, Israel, and Portugal because some photographs I’ve seen from those places make me want to go over there so bad…but that challenges me to make the most of wherever I am in Los Angeles.
    Good article Eric.

  • Lars N. Lovdal

    Thank you. I needed this :) You are absolutely right. I now feel spoiled sitting on my two year old MacBook, and wanting to upgrade.
    A bit more satisfied after reading this article.

  • Eric

    Eric, you are wise beyond your years. I have to admit that this is perhaps my first post on your blog, but I’ve been following you for a long time now, but I had to write because you spoke to a state of mind that I have adopted recently. I looked around and saw all that I had and decided that for the next two years I would not buy any more photographic equipment. Frankly, I have all I need (Leica and Nikon gear). Why? Because I have been looking at photographs from 50 years ago and concluded that mine were no better than what photographers were doing back then. We all have more than enough, but the challenge of creating those great photos still poses a challenge beyond the gear.

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment and sharing your valuable life experiences

  • Emanuele Faja

    It’s quite funny that you wrote about the Hedonic Treadmill (I call it Hedonic Adaptation) today. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I think the philosophy we adopt for our lives in general is reflected in our photography, so if we embrace consumerism and Enlightened Hedonism, then it’s hardly a surprise that we fall prey to jealousy and Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

    I also put pen to paper today with my thoughts on Hedonism: http://www.andbethere.com/2013/09/enlightened-hedonism.html

  • Hasi

    Actually you have quite a bit to be jealous of.

  • Daniel Moutinho.

    Beautiful conclusion, Eric!

  • http://johngoldsmithphotography.com/ John Goldsmith

    Good article,
    Eric.

    Disconnecting is helpful. Even better when you connect offline
    with those photographers and other creatives you admire. I have one more suggestion to narrow those feelings into something productive.

    4. Collaboration.

    Work with other photographers and creatives on projects, both big and small. For years,
    scientists have collaborated on challenging multidisciplinary problems. Artists also do this but perhaps less so. There are numerous examples in science including astronauts and biologists, chemists and geologists, physicists and chemists, doctors and engineers, and so much more.

    I’m currently working on a book with friend who is a professional graphic designer. Since I have little experience in typography and graphic design, and he happens to be a street photographer, I’m sure there are some great synergies to be had. It’s just a matter of brainstorming the right idea and inviting someone to have coffee. After that, the possibilities abound whether it be a photo projects, a curated gallery show, or pop-up exhibit.

    The online world is fun but it is the real world collaborations that are truly exciting.

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      John you provide a very valuable insight. Collaboration is certainly king. 1+1 equals more than 2. Very excited for your new book too!

  • David Sierra

    sounds like a whole lot of insecurity going on, if you got into street photography to become famous all along then you never really understood the nature of that beast as there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to capturing images on the streets. Measurebators always live in comparison mode and when your too busy comparing you can never really create.

    • GrandMinnow

      “[…] when your too busy comparing you can never really create.”

      Sure, if you’re too busy. But it is not uncommon for even great artists to be jealous and competitive. Agon, and all that…

      • Nut

        “But it is not uncommon for even great artists to be jealous and competitive.”

        True.
        What is uncommon is to write a post about such a trivial issue. It’s even more sad because it came after a nice post about a Turk photographer.

        You write or think about all these things only when you have nothing to do…IMO.

      • David Sierra

        jealousy is an emotion and i’m not a mind reader. I was talking about measurebators which is a term created by Ken Rockwell.

        • GrandMinnow

          Ah, I see now. Thanks.

  • Tony Molino

    Hey Eric, You DO have a great life. I am approaching 60 years of age and been taking photos for 30. i have NEVER had a photo published, though some people think I could. I too suffered from camera envy…always had to have the best, so I would think it could make me better. It didn’t and it doesn’t. I have a great job, great wife , great kids and grandkids and I decided that’s enough for me. Seems to me you posted something along these lines yourself a while back. You’re young…it’ll
    come. By the way, love this blog!

  • GrandMinnow

    Eric, I could be wrong, but the impression I get from your postings and self-promotions is that what magnetizes you is “street” photography as an alluring lifestyle – the “international street photographer”, the hip flaneur with a black Leica, the gear and acoutrements, the lore and romance – much more than a deeply personal and powerful drive to express yourself in photographs. Though, I can’t say I would very much blame you for it; you gotta grab the gettins when the gettin’s good.

    • Nut

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • Brian Day

    Live. Today.

    Nice post, E.

  • d_horton

    I so appreciate how sincere and transparent you are. you continue to raise the bar.
    consider this: no one does what you do better than you. The community is lucky to have you. peace.

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      <3

  • http://www.stuegan.com/ stu egan

    Hi Eric, interesting points here and I like your positive ending. I think the one thing I’d say with regard to social media is it’s important to remember it’s just a skewed take on people’s lives. Those who are sharing photos of themselves drinking cocktails on beaches tend not to also show the long queue for check-in at the airport while their kids take turns sniping at each other. Going by my own Facebook news feed some photographers appear to be spending all their time taking incredible pictures, winning photography competitions, receiving development funds and all sorts of other wonderful-sounding things. And maybe that’s the truth of it for one or two talented people. But for most of the rest you will rarely hear of the bad days, their own self-doubt, the times they were rejected by competition judges, the many mundane hours spent at desks in jobs they dislike and so on and so on. It is fascinating how people project.

    When a photographer I like or know shares some good news I feel happy for them, but it’s nice to also keep in mind the reality that they are probably telling the world while they are out shopping for toilet paper :o)

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      Thanks a ton for the comment Stu. I think one thing you bring up is definitely a good one, to be happy for our friends (rather than being jealous). Keep up the positivity!

  • Richard Owen

    I guess it is just my age. I just recently bought new camera gear. Not because of G.A.S. but because I had left the newspaper biz and no longer needed my DSLR gear. So I went lighter. I sold my 10-year-old Nikon D2H bodies and all my Nikkor glass. I miss that equipment even though by today’s standards it is a brick. But the images I produced still resonant with me. Yes, I post occasionally to flickr and Facebook, have my own newly-started blog, etc. But I no longer am envious of other photographers. I was fortunate to spend some time in a final career (newspaper photojournalist) that was just a lot of fun. Now I am trying to keep that fun going by giving back to the new community that I am now part of. Getting caught up in social media is not very high on my list. My blog is followed by only a few people but it is enjoyable to me just to post an image and talk about what it means to me. Gear is just gear. The imagery is why we photograph!

  • Keithbg

    Yes, a disconnect every so often is good. Good for the soul. I long sometimes for the old days before the internet and social media, where one had to make connections face to face. Discourse then was extremely hard to find. Most people, if they weren’t connected through a gallery, worked by themselves, pretty much in vacuum. You found out about others work through magazines, books, or exhibitions. Film cameras were all there were and you stuck with a model/brand that worked for you. Technology and the ease of the internet and social media bring their own set of concerns. Good or bad, things move forward and one has to adapt.

  • http://www.rashardkelly.com/ Rashard Kelly

    I am 32. I got my first camera @ 15 a Canon AE-1 and shot it religiously. So I had a healthy taste of the other side of the pre-digital fence. I had no money, cameras did not come out that fast and I had no one to compare myself to because the only person in my community that loved cameras as much or more than me was the guy who took all the pictures for the local school system who BTW was very supportive! I had no one to shoot for but myself. I loved going to walmart, getting my prints and sharing my graffiti and urbex(before that was a word) adventures with my more settled friends.

    Once the digital age began for me I went through G.A.S. trying to find that perfect camera P&S to D40 around 2008, be a wedding photog, and getting notoriety on web outlets. At a certain point I was not happy. I was spending too much time online and just not living like I should. I came across a quote from one of the contributors of the bible at Philippians 4:12

    “I know indeed how to be low on provisions, I know indeed how to have an abundance. In everything and in all circumstances I have learned the secret of both how to be full and how to hunger, both how to have an abundance and how to suffer want.”

    The guy was in prison when he said that. It made me reflect on the direction social media had taken my shooting. I have, after a sabbatical from social media, gotten back to the old me, shooting for me and using the web for research. Social media causes us to constantly compare ourselves with others. Not to mention advertisers on the side bars telling us we are shooting with the wrong camera, we need a new bag. Contacts saying how great their new camera is for what ever reason size, IQ whatever. Its depressing.

    In conclusion, finding contentment in life in general is a challenge I have not conquered yet and with our general culture urging us to embrace the hedonic treadmill it takes a ton of work to try and be balanced. Lao Tzu’s words “To know when you have enough is to be rich beyond measure” apply to us all.

    I have issues getting my work to be consistent Im over G.A.S. but now I walk out of the door with four camera systems sometimes which often adds up to 13lb of gear on a light day! I cant let digital go I cant let film go. I want M43 in my pocket if my bag ets checked. I want an IR camera on me etc etc. Those of you who sling a Leica across your shoulder and walk out the door with a 35mm or 50mm have a level discipline I aspire to reach. We all got stuff to work on. Im glad you shared this candid post, thank you! Your encouragement to buy books and not gear helped me come to a happy medium with my gear, you have a very good perspective on things and express that well without attention whoring. Keep up the good work. Dont get distracted. Social media post are HIGHLY edited and exaggerated by everyone, but ESPECIALLY artist!! These folks are in the business of manipulation!

    • syedmoindoja

      i loved your comments and your quotes. thanks.

  • Brian Sokolowski

    Very nice man, I enjoyed reading this.

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      Thanks Brian!

  • Paul Donohoe

    a lot of good points. My partner just yesterday said, spend less time on Fb and Flickr and more time creating. So, yes, disconnect is good. Mind you having said that, it depends on your aims. Is it to just photograph? Or is it to make money? Or is it to make friends? Or to have your work seen? If you just want to take photos, then you don’t need the internet or to look at the work of other at all. The rest takes effort time and internet! As for spending time looking at the work of others. I spend less and less time these days doing that. I am easily bored i guess, which is a good thing in this context! Interesting and wise post as always Eric. Not everyone will agree, but that’s life. I for one am not in the slightest jealous of any other photographer I see or read. And that I am grateful for.

  • Pat Alexander NY

    Living in New York City, I often see on the streets people in big trouble – either homeless or disabled with deformities that make getting around a huge difficulty. These people are a constant reminder of how lucky I am, of how much I have and what is really important. As far as being jealous of other’s camera gear, I’m delighted to be getting rid of my old film Nikon system and am now happily using a cheapo digital light weight camera for taking shots that interest me these days. As to being jealous of other’s wider travels or more successful careers, I’m not a Facebook fan to follow all that stuff. Signed up under another account and found it so intrusive I scrammed fast. I am on Twitter though and I do like your idea of cutting off the social buzz at night.

  • Nuno Freitas

    I´m 34 and never had a camera until 3 years ago. I think i always appreciated anything related to image like comics and cinema but never really got into taking photos when growing up. I wasnt surrounded by arts whatsoever, my family didnt care and neither one of my friends. I lived very isolated from the world(Azores islands) and the thought of making a living in photography was something so unreachable that i just never saw it as a possibility. I left home to England when i was 18 and it felt like i was born again! I was part of the world and had everything at my disposal but at the same time i felt out of time like i was late already for feeling that way. I should be starting to set goals and find things i like but no, i was just like a stupid kid in a toy store. I stayed like that many years. On 2011 i got a job in Macau/China and it was the 1st time i looked at photography as someting i could also do. Just walking in the streets filled with neons, the chaos , smell and movement was enough for me to want it to capture on a piece of paper. I bought a cheap plastic camera and make some reasonable photos. After a few months i had to leave, my family needed me but i took all of that experience with me. Since then i have been investing in reading , understanding, finding my photo heroes(Junku Nushimura,Daido,Gilden) and bought a rangefinder Bessa R2A, develop my own film and made 2 solo exhibitions. Still i feel i havent got the sensibility from years and years of taking photos and that would be ok if i was 20years old, but im 34 now and i get anxious and depressed because i think im late for this. So what im most jealous about is the life around a camera that i didnt have. I still try to see if i have in me but it´s so hard that i feel im going to quit someday. Im really jealous of not growing up with photography. Sorry for bad english!

    • Nut

      “…but im 34 now and i get anxious and depressed because i think im late for this.”

      Jackson Pollock died at the age of 44, Garry Winogrand at the age of 56.

      You are 34 now, don’t you think it’s enough time if you live up to 85 ?

      No need to be anxious, just enjoy the journey.

  • Crash

    Nice post E-dawg!

  • Emanuele

    If you really want to be better, change your view. Your photos are always the same, Eric. Even though I appreciate your deep passion, I can’t say it for your works as well.

  • jason

    Dear Eric Kim,

    I hardly ever comment to strangers, but perhaps fate have brought me to your page and the universe compels me to reach out to you. Perhaps you would read this, perhaps you won’t. But if you are reading this, I just want to tell you that photography and camera has nothing got to do with your jealousy.

    Count your blessings every night before you go to sleep. Be thankful for the little things that you have each day and you will be a much happier man. Take time to appreciate the food on the table each day, enjoy each breathe that you take, and the pillow that you have to lay your head on each night.

    May you find the happiness that your soul seeks. May it find you sooner than you wish. Cheers!

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      Amen. This is something I need to remind myself of more everyday

  • Brent.

    Hi Eric,

    The jealously you sometimes feel is just your drive to get better, (GAS aside of course;-). It is a byproduct of your passion. I always remind myself of this quote from Robert Browning:

    “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      Superb quote thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.citysnaps.net/ Citysnaps

    I think anybody that’s on the “street photography” reality show treadmill of drama will bound to feel jealous from time to time. It’s inevitable because being happy with what you’re doing is never enough compared to what your peers appear to be up to.

    The availability of inexpensive point-n-shoot cameras and smartphones, along with a wide array of dSLR has made photography to almost everyone. That’s a good thing! Because of that, there are a wide spectrum of photographers who shoot on the street. There are two groups that I find most interesting.

    There are photographers who treat sp as a “thing” or lifestyle of sorts and are also strongly tied to social media, where sp has blossomed into what seems similar to an entertaining television reality show. There are workshops for anything you can image, endless lists of “12 things you need to know to ,” how to get your work noticed, all sorts of declarations (to others, of course) what sp is and isn’t (sometimes with manifestos for others to follow), videos of street shooters “living the life” like they’re Hunter Thompson, all the while reminding peers and others of their accomplishments and relevance. It’s easy to see how that develops into an unhealthy competition with photographers of like mind. It seems that photographers who choose that path are never really happy, needing periodic approval from peers and competitors, while navigating various manufactured dramas along the way, and never feeling they’ve “made it.”

    And then there are shooters who enjoy anonymity, quietly going about their business, learning from and soaking in the rhythm, energy, and dynamics of the street. No fus, no drama. Vivian Maier comes to mind. I suspect photographers who approach street shooting in that manner are the happiest, not feeling jealousy or in any sort of competition with others. Indeed, the best photography I see out there comes from shooters who are not known, nor want to be.

    • Nut

      You have spoken my mind bro

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      Brad your words couldn’t be any truer. At the end of the day street photography is all about soaking the vibes of the street. Keep up the hustle!

  • black horse

    I dont think you were jealous of your friends. No ! You were ‘self loathing’ and it is because you have been trapped by the cult of freud and jung.. You are getting too caught up in all this psycho babble and it is becoming destructive.

    As R D Laind said :

    They are playing a game.
    They are playing at not

    playing a game. If I show
    them I see they are, I

    shall break the rules and
    they will punish me.

    I must play their game, of
    not seeing I see the game……

    You are reapped in knots of your own making and they bind you tighter and tighter. Eventually you will learn to untangle the knots ant set the bird free.

    A goal without a date is just a dream. (Milton H. Erickson)

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  • NancyP

    I am jealous and admiring of other photographers’ talents, not of their gear. And jealousy/admiration spurs me on to learn more, think more, see more. I am not them, I can’t be them, I CAN be a better me.

    OK, I admit, when I am out doing wildlife photography and see some other photographer with a 500 or 600mm image stabilized fast lens, I get the obligatory twinge of gear jealousy. Still, I know in my heart that I need to gain more fieldcraft and biology knowledge to get the shots I want, and that when I have those skills plus photo skills gained on a slower shorter lens, I can rent the lens for special trips. I also have gear envy when I want to learn a new skill or try a technique, but then again – rent! improvise! try for a fixer-upper deal on eBay!

    I am oddly grateful that I am an amateur photographer with a day job that I love, that uses my visual skills in the service of others (hospital pathologist). I am in awe of the modern technology, having started my photographic experience at age 9 with my mother’s old Bakelite Kodak Brownie. a few rolls of 120 film, and a helpful summer camp counselor teaching the magic of the darkroom. I love all my cameras, not that I have had a huge number.

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  • Matthew McCord

    These are great thoughts, Eric. As I read, I realized I have been struggling with a bit of jealousy here and there on social media. It’s always a good thing to take a step back and gain a little perspective on things. Thanks for the reminder to do so.

    -Matt

  • Tom

    Eric,

    Envy in ignorance.

    You’re a talented writer, not a talented photographer. Why don’t you focus your creative energy on writing a book.

    Add “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King to your library.

  • Tora Carter

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • http://www.LeslieDeanBrown.com/ Leslie Dean Brown

    You are very wise. We all just survived fine in the days before the internet. I think these days there is a lot of general negativity, criticism and hidden jealousy on here. Too much so.

    In this vain, I have given up my smartphone. Initially it was an unintentional decision because it broke for the second time. Went from a HTC One X all the way down to a Nokia 102! I have been without for about a month now and have decided against getting another phone with data plan. I am a lot happier for it… my 2c.

    The time I used to spend looking at news stories on bbc and whatnot, I now spend out there on the streets with a camera, or else reading books! My life just became a whole lot more productive.

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