Why I Teach Street Photography Workshops

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Istanbul, 2013

Photos in this article are from my travels in Istanbul this summer.

I often get criticism from teaching street photography workshops. I get criticized that they cost too much. I get criticized that I am not qualified enough. I get criticized that street photography is something that you “cannot teach”– and is something that has to be learned on one’s own.

Instead of defending myself about how I teach street photography workshops I teach– I wanted to write an article about why I teach street photography workshops. I think that we generally forget to question ourselves “why” we do anything at all. By asking the question “why”– it helps us often get to the core of our life’s purpose.

Contrary to popular I don’t teach workshops to make a ton of money and buy all the Leica’s in the world. From my workshops I am living more or less month-to-month (while trying to put a little into savings). I am pretty certain I made more money (after expenses) working at my old 9-5 job.

For this article, I will share some of my personal experiences which brought me to teaching– and dedicate the other part to sharing specifically why I teach street photography workshops– and what I hope that students (and myself) gain out of them.

My first interest in teaching

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Teaching has always been my passion. Ever since I was young, it brought me great joy to help my friends in school and assist them grasp concepts that were difficult for them to learn by themselves.

As a student myself, it frustrated me how ineffective my teachers in school were. They never spoke my language. Therefore when I helped tutor my friends, I spoke in a language they could understand.

I loved the feeling that I was helping my friends learn. There was nothing more satisfying when I would try to teach them a difficult concept and I would suddenly see the light bulb go off in their head.

I remember when I was growing up– my parents would always ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. The only legitimate job to Asian parents are to get a job that earns a lot of money and has a lot of prestige. This generally includes being a doctor, a lawyer, scientist, engineer, etc.

When I told my parents I wanted to be a teacher– they would ask me: “Are you sure you really want to do that and be homeless?” Even though teaching was my passion, the thought of being homeless didn’t sound very appealing. Therefore I decided to switch my trajectory and study to become a doctor (like my grandfather was).

Going off to college

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From high school, I applied to a bunch of schools and got into UCLA. I initially chose Biology as my major (to study to become a doctor)– but after a quarter of hating my classes and wanting to find my purpose in life, I decided to switch my major (against the whims of my parents).

I went to the course registrar– and remember looking at a list of all the majors I could choose on a pink slip. It seemed like there was a hundred. I scanned the list and I saw “Sociology” on the list. I remember thinking to myself naively: “Oh, I like society– let me try that.”

When I started to take my Sociology classes, I fell in love with them. It was the first time in my life that I felt that what I was learning was actually practical and applicable in my daily life. Whereas science and math was about these complicated formulas and thermos that were only applicable in school– sociology taught me how to cope with my everyday life, and challenged me what society taught me.

Sociology taught me to challenge the status quo: Did I really need to earn a million dollars a year to be happy? Why is status so important? Why is it that women are marginalized in society against men? Why is it important to follow your passion (and not money)? Why are people work-a-holics? What is my purpose in life?

These were some of the questions that absolutely fascinated me– and for the first time I started to ignore the grades I got in my courses, and only cared about what I learned and took out of my classes. I was also enamored by my teachers in my courses– who were alive, energetic, and engaging with the students. They didn’t just lecture for hours on end and put students to sleep (like the science and math teachers often did). Rather, they asked students questions about their experiences– while tying back the lessons to sociological theory.

I was hooked. Being inspired by my teacher Terri Anderson, I wanted to follow in her footsteps and share that knowledge and wisdom and become a teacher myself.

I then had my heart set on being a professor. I started to take on Sociology research assistantships to build up my CV, started to bring my grades in my classes, and even taught a course at UCLA as an undergraduate titled: “The Sociology of Facebook and Online Social Networks“.

Also while at UCLA, me and two of my friends (John Son and Daniel Jeong) founded The Photography Club at UCLA. Believe it not, we didn’t have a photography club at UCLA before (surprising, considering how many Asian people we have at the school). It was a phenomenal experience–in which we were able to bring passionate photographers together (whether noob or pro) and share lessons, go on photography outings, and even have exhibitions.

We also wrote the following manifesto for the club– to share our core principles and leave a legacy behind:

1. Photo club to be open to photographers from all backgrounds and skill levels:

Photo club is to be an open community and forum which invites photographers from all skill levels and backgrounds to enjoy the art of photography. Photographers in the club will always have an open hand to help those who may need help or suggestion, and will not do so in a pompous manner. Photo club is a place for photographers to meet new friends, improve their photography skills, and just have a good time. Above all, we will NOT be a club that values gear-obsession (cameras, lenses, tripod, etc) over photography itself. Furthermore, members do not need a “fancy” camera to join– or even have a camera.

2. Photo club to be dedicated to community involvement:

We see photography as a tool not only for fun and enjoyment, but also using it to help out the community in some form or another. We wish to use our skills and talents to help support photography to individuals from all walks of life, which can be shown through the Photo Exhibit we had on “Love” in which we raised money to be sent to an organization called ”Kids with Cameras” which supports photography to impoverished children in the red light district in Calcutta, India. Furthermore, we will try our best to reach out our hands to other clubs on campus and collaborate as well.

3. We are a group of amateur photographers:

The Photography Club at UCLA is a group of amateur photographers that shoot for the pure love of it. The word “amateur” stems from the latin word “amator” which means lover. The club will not be focused around “professional photography” in trying to make money from our craft. Although members are more than free to embark on any photographic endeavors, the club’s main focus will be to promote an open environment to learn and grow photographic vision and passion.

Change of plans

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Although I had my heart set in becoming a Sociology professor, I started to have my doubts in the middle of my Senior year. I questioned myself: did I really want to go to school for another 8 years before I could teach and do what I was passionate about? I then decided that becoming a professor was something I still wanted to do– but would give myself a year or two break before deciding to go back to school.

I then started my internship at a digital media publishing company and ended up getting a full-time job there as an “Online Community Manager.” I loved that my job gave me the opportunity to connect people all across the globe via social media and engage them– but I hated how little “real life” contact I had at my job. I felt fully alive when in the classroom and over time, I began to dread my job.

Getting laid off

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The best thing that ever happened to me was when I got laid off my job. My company (like many other tech companies) IPO’d (entered the stock market)– but also like many other tech companies started to crash miserably. Whole divisions got cut out– including the social media one. I got brought in my HR, was explained that I was being let go.

At first I started to panic– what would I do with all of my student loans, credit card payments, and my bills? How would I pay the rent? Would I ever find another job?

I then calmed down– and told the situation to my family, close friends, and my amazing girlfriend Cindy. The advice that Cindy told me was life-affirming: follow your passion (which was street photography)– and see where life lead me. Of course– that and having a backup plan (which was moving back in with my mom, which wasn’t a terrible idea– as she makes amazing Korean food and I wouldn’t have to pay for rent).

So I remember on that day, I recorded a video for the blog– sharing that I just got laid off my job, and I would try to figure out a way how to pursue my blog as a full-time passion, whether it be sell t-shirts or teach workshops.

I am happy to say that a bit over 2 years ago is when I lost my job– and I am still doing what I love (running the blog)– without being homeless.

What I love about teaching workshops

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Sorry for blabbing on with my personal story– I know it probably isn’t that interesting, but it does give me some valuable time to reflect.

Anyways, I wanted to share in this section more about what I love specifically about teaching street photography workshops:

1. Bringing people together

I remember when I was in elementary school living in Queens, New York I would always be the one calling up my friends for us to all meet and hang out. When I left New York, my good friend Spencer told me something that would forever stick in my mind– “Dude, Eric– you’re like the glue that holds us all together, you can’t leave us.”

I think one of my main purposes in life is to be a “connector” and bring passionate and like-minded people together. To be the magnet that brings people together, and the glue that helps people stick with one another.

When I first started street photography in Los Angeles, one of the most difficult things was to meet other street photographers. I longed for a sense of community and belonging, and I felt naked and empty without it. Funny enough, you would think in a city as big as Los Angeles, the streets would be crawling with street photographers– but I never met another street photographer on the streets.

Fortunately after teaching a series of workshops in LA, we were able to build a phenomenal community of open-hearted and generous street photographers. We had no ego separating ourselves from one another– or any competitive “dog-eat-dog” spirit. We all shot because we loved it with all of our hearts, and would always help out one another.

I just taught a workshop here in Seattle, and one of the most rewarding things was to bring together all of the people who were interested in street photography together. Many of them didn’t know any other local street photographers– and over the weekend we were able to bond over shooting, talking street photography, good food, beers, and of course– amazing Seattle coffee (not Starbucks).

I think especially in today’s day and age– it is so hard to meet other people in real life. Even more difficult is to build a community– and have people who meet regularly, and continue to share their passion with one another.

My last night in Seattle, we had around 6 of us– huddled around a dim sum restaurant, all sharing laughs, drinks– and in great company. Even though we were all from different walks of life– we shared this common enthusiasm and passion for life. It was an incredibly infectious and loving environment something that I am so blessed to share with others.

2. Building confidence in my students

One of the most difficult things in street photography is to build your courage and confidence in the streets. It took me about a solid 3 years of shooting in the streets before I was able to muster up the courage to approach strangers at a close proximity and take photos of them.

I think of myself as a personal coach when it comes to shooting in the streets. Everyone who attends the workshop has the ability to get close to their subjects and take their photo– but it is their mental boundaries which prevent it. I therefore give the students a little nudge in the right direction– giving them assignments to shoot certain strangers at a close proximity. Because I am shooting with them 1:1 on the streets (and they don’t want to disappoint me)– they will go and take the shots and afterwards be amazed how much easier it was than they expected.

But like a gym trainer– I only give the encouragement. I don’t actually lift the weights for the students. They do all the work themselves. But it brings me great joy to see how much confidence and courage the students are able to build up– and believe more in themselves.

One of the things I found most valuable about street photography is how the lessons I learn apply to everyday life. Approaching strangers in street photography and taking their photo is hard. But also is approaching strangers in the streets and simply asking for directions– or even talking with strangers. Street photography has taught me that building your courage in the streets is something that could help in all aspects of your life– personal, business, and of course photographically.

3. Sharing knowledge

I am still a student myself– and constantly learning. But I have learned many things in street photography that I wish someone told me when I was starting off.

I love the workshop as an opportunity to share some of the lessons and knowledge I have accumulated over the years in street photography. Generally in the workshops the overall information you learn can also be learned through the blog. But what you can’t get online is personal feedback and 1:1 direction .

I feel philosophically, knowledge is there to be shared– not to be hoarded for oneself. Therefore in the workshops I try to empty out everything I have learned in street photography– and try to make it directly applicable to the students, based on their needs. Being able to share this wisdom (not mine, but from the masters who came before me) is something that also brings great value.

4. Making a living

Of course one of the main reasons I teach street photography workshops is to make a living. I make about 90% of my income through workshops, and without teaching workshops I couldn’t pay my rent and bills.

But unlike a traditional business– I am not simply trying to maximize my profits and try to earn as much money as I humanly can. I am trying to make enough to pay my bills and have a little money saved up for emergencies– but other than that, I want to dedicate as much of my time, energy, and effort into this blog– and for the street photography community.

I love teaching workshops to death– I love traveling to foreign places, meeting amazing people, and sharing new experiences. But at the end of the day, I want to fully dedicate my life to the blog and the street photography community.

Conclusion

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I think it is all important for us to reflect what we do for a living (or a passion)– in terms of why we do it. The answers to how we do our jobs or how we live our life is easy– but why is a whole new can of worms.

Personally I think I was put on this earth to serve other people– and to help society. My aspiration is to live for others, not myself– and to drive the genre of street photography forward. I want to help make street photography more accessible, to share the knowledge myself and others have learned about street photography– and to help anyone who is an aspiring street photographer in his/her personal journey.

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  • Tim flickr.com/eiersalat

    Love the shots Eric. You really matured with your photography and your attitude.

  • streetshooter

    Eric,
    Only one thing truly matters about your workshops. I know this one thing. There are scores of people that sit behind a computer reading and dreaming about being a streetshooter. These people have fears of one kind or another.

    For some reason, many of these people feel comfortable to pay you to get outside in the real world with real people and make real photos. Regardless of what anyone says, or thinks….this is a major task that can and probably does change the shape of some shooters minds and work.

    I think it’s a great thing that you get people out there……
    Kudos….don

    • Paul Donohoe

      I agree with you 100%

  • giannis

    Eric,

    You’re teaching workshops because:
    •You’re a double dropout and thus unqualified for most jobs
    •You want to cash off your blogger fame but can’t make money on your photography alone
    •The ego stroke of being a “master” and “teaching” others is a nice bonus, especially as it comes “cheap”, i.e. not having to do a Ph.D. and become a real professor

    All that defensive rambling means nothing. Stop being insecure, not everybody likes what they have to do for money. Stop trying to defend/justify your decisions and enjoy your time with bored middle aged wives and balding retired men with more money and time than sense.

    Best wishes :)

    • aww_skeet_skeet_skeet

      You are here showing your lame, dirty drawers because:
      *You wish someone would notice you

      *The only way you can show up on anyone’s radar is to crawl out from under your bridge and get your troll on
      *The ego stroke of showing up without anything constructive to say and anonymously attacking someone who put their feelings on the wire is a nice bonus, especially as it comes “cheap”, i.e. not having to put yourself out there for critique and trolling

      Stop trying to spit on another dude’s life and enjoy your time with that bottle of dollar store lotion.

      Best wishes :)

      • James Rustleston

        You are here showing ‘giannis’ your lame, dirty drawers because:
        *You wish someone would notice you

        *The only way you can show up on anyone’s radar is to crawl out from under your bridge and get your troll on
        *The ego stroke of showing up without anything constructive to say and anonymously attacking someone (‘giannis’) who put their feelings on the wire is a nice bonus, especially as it comes “cheap”, i.e. not having to put yourself out there for critique and trolling

        Stop trying to spit on giannia or any another dude’s life and enjoy your time with that bottle of dollar store lotion.

        Best wishes :)

        • aww_skeet_skeet_skeet

          Congratulations Rustleston, you’ve discovered irony.

      • Paul Donohoe

        May I just say that you have said what I would have liked to but much better. thanks. At least Eric is “having a go” as they say. He has a good heart and a sincere wish to teach. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s doing well and doesn’t deserve silly attacks coming from random people

    • space ghosts

      I have no idea where you live but I’d like to live there if having a degree guarantees you a job. I don’t have any statistics but what percentage of all the photographers in the world can make decent living wages just off of their photography? I don’t see a claim of him saying he is a Master of photography. Also some people love or at least like what they have to do for money. I haven’t watched all of his workshop vlogs but I did see a young lady in one of them so your at least partially wrong with that generalisation.

      • Paul Donohoe

        quite right…having a degree has never been a sure path to a job, and even if it were so what? life has to be about more than that. the poster you are responding to is clearly very ill informed. Mostly the people I see in Eric’s videos are rather young and if they werent’ so what? to be bigoted because women and “retired” men want to do street photography is just ignorant of that person.

  • VoiVoi

    What giannis said x 1,000,000. Eric, you are not a bad guy but you seem to be haunted by guilt and plagued by a need to justify your actions. Rather than all these self defense posts, stick to what you enjoy and what made you popular in the first place. Do more interviews, introduce more photographers, take more photos and stop letting the haters bring you down.

    Frankly speaking, I really did not care for your photos for the longest time but think you are finally hitting your stride. Keep it up.

  • Jimmy Lauren

    Looks like soon you can write your autobiography! He he! ;)

  • hater_aid

    You are wayyy too nice to these lame haters. Don’t apologize or justify, man. Do you.

  • Ilkka

    I don’t think $500 for your workshop is expensive. $1000 would be. Bruce Gilden can charge $2000 and many people are happy to pay it.
    I think you are quite open on what and who you are and what people can expect. That is honest business at the end of the day.
    The are some big names who give ‘workshops’ just cashing in on their name with no true participation.

    • Me

      I think there’s a little bit of a difference between a Bruce Gilden workshop, or any other Magnum or long time established photographers workshop and Erick’s workshops. These are the people we and Erick imitate….

      No disrespect meant to anyone..

      By the way, HCBresson has a workshop and charges 8k, but why would you go to it if Erick Kim only charger 500 bucks…..?

      • Ilkka

        Yes, there is a little bit difference. That is why one costs 500 and the other 2000. One is good for beginners, the other not. One is good for experienced photographers, the other not so much. What is so hard to understand?
        Are you suggesting that only Magnum photographers are allowed to run workshops in this free world?
        There are several reports of Magnum photographers hosting workshops that are complete ripoffs where the big name photographer shows his face for a short while to answer some questions and the rest is all handled by assistants. I think that is more dishonest than Eric charging 500 when his credentials and testimonials are free for everyone to see so one can make an informed decision.

    • Dr. Nasse

      Are you of a simple mind?

      Why would you even put those two names in the same sentence, unless there’s something clinically wrong with you?

  • MomTheTog

    Dude, in every post, you’re honest about who you are, what your skills are, and what you bring to the game. If you want to give workshops and can get people to come, fantastic. Don’t worry about the haters. They’re hanging out under their bridge not showing their work to anybody, wishing they had the guts to do something similar.

    Now, can we forget about this defensive self justification and get back to photography? I don’t understand how you can get in someone’s face with a wide angle lens and a flash, yet get so flustered by internet criticism.

  • http://photosofwales.tumblr.com/ ChrisGriffiths

    No shame in earning a living dude. I’m not the worlds greatest plumbing contractor yet I’ve trained dozens of apprentices over the years in my company. No ego, status or whatever involved. It just puts food on the table. I can’t understand why anyone would criticise you for it. Flawed logic somewhere I think.

    I consider my work average but I would feel comfortable teaching someone the basics to get them up and running in this game.

    • Guest

      I have taken workshops with some “established” photographers in the past, even a Magnum one, and they didn’t help me a bit, because some they are only in it for the money. I obvisouly made the wrong choices or I was misguided by their inspiring photography. But beeing an exceptional photographer doesn’t necessarily make you a good teacher.
      Eric’s photography is not exceptional – even though it is geeting better – but his blog writtings and, I assume, his lectures, betray a person with enough knowledge and skills and with an urge to share and hone peoples abilities in street shooting.
      Especially for begginers or mid-level photographers, I think someone like Eric is more suitable, and certainly not a waste of money.
      I always admired in Eric ever since I know him, his persistance to carry on with his passions and obsessions, despite the unavoidable shortages and despite the wry criticism he often encounters. For me Eric is an example, of “let’s do it” kind of guy and if he makes his living out of it, some much better for him.

  • observer

    Eric,

    Something I learned very early on from my fellow peers and crazy french film professors, is to put your life into your work. What I feel is missing from your work is exactly that. I don’t feel a unique viewpoint, I don’t feel what it’s like to grow up korean american, nor experiencing life as an asian american, or a young person living in today’s modern times. You have so much interesting material there, that I wonder why you don’t approach it at all. I get that you want to emulate your heroes, as much as I do at times, but there is a certain point where you need a personal voice.

    I’m only writing this because I remember what it was like the first time I discovered films and directors I loved, consuming everything, reading criticisms, books, writing about my “thoughts” all over my personal blog. One day a girlfriend at the time told me straight up that I am just good at regurgitating what I read, but she felt I had no voice on my own. I wasn’t applying what I was consuming to how it fit me personally down to the core. I took that really to heart (not to mention heart breaks, life, and so on in between). I’m not saying to give up your current projects, but just food for thought.

    not so much workshop related I know, but just something that’s been on my mind as a distant occasional lurker.

  • MBP

    Hi Eric! I have always loved your blog and your energy but you seem doubtful and anxious lately. Your blog has become more about you explaining yourself but there is no need for you to apologize or justify what you do. You have to make a living and there is no shame in teaching photography workshops. There isn’t money in street photography so what other option do you have but to teach? The only issue you should consider is burnout. I have a lot of friends who teach writing and other arts workshops and it can be draining and physically exhausting and it can take you away from the pursuit of your own art.

  • Ale

    if you do it for passion what do you think about the word Gratis?
    Class with very Master are cheaper than yours

    • hsk9146

      por que tiene que comer

  • Me

    Less blogging, more photos…

  • Eric

    Eric:

    Write what you like, do what makes you happy, and if you can make a living at it, just go for it. Don’t let miserable people bring their misery into your head. Zack Arias rightfully described this as “noise.” So, tune out all the noise, and keep moving forward with what you do. When that stops working, then choose a different direction and reinvent yourself. That’s just plain life, and those who don’t like what they find here are free to go somewhere else with their misery. The rest of us will continue to stick around.

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

    Oh boy look at all the haters.

    Eric, You’re following your heart. That’s very important. Most people don’t have the balls for that. They just work for someone else and don’t do what they really enjoy, what they are passionate about.

    Sheesh! I often wonder how I am going to pay the bills… it ain’t gonna be with workshops.

    • Rustley Jimmington

      “Most people don’t have the balls for that. They just work for someone else and don’t do what they really enjoy, what they are passionate about”

      You mean, like what Eric did, once in college until he dropped out, and once in his job until he was laid off?
      Funny thing that he “followed his passion” only after trying and failing any other possible alternative.

      • Paul Donohoe

        exactly right…following your passion takes courage…it’s “cheap” and “easy” to just stay in a job you hate or fight to not get laid off..whatever. Few people go with their heart. Eric has my respect for following his

  • Nabaz Anwar

    So many hates online. People at least speak in a respectful manner.
    This guys is being honest about what he is doing and there is nothing wrong with that.
    Why you hate him so much? So much hate in this world… faith in humanity…gone!
    Eric… just keep do what you are doing and evolve.
    Good luck.

  • You

    I just want to break this down:

    The Haters/
    This has been a good troll no? See if these fit:

    Histrionic personality disorder:

    Display excessive but shallow emotions and attention-seeking behaviors. These individuals are constantly “performing” in order to gain attention.

    Experience fleeting moods, opinions, and beliefs. They are also very suggestible and quick to respond to fads.

    Generally need others to witness their emotional displays in order to gain validation or attention.

    These individuals thinks very highly of themselves and look down upon others.

    Eric

    Dude, stop feeling sorry for yourself. Honestly I like your blog, it is very informative and introduce us to many other respectable street togs. But you are displaying some narcissistic behavior couple with low self-esteem (slightly strange because narcissism usual associated high self-esteem). You’re smart, I’m sure you can get around this, not immediately but in time.

    • Paul Donohoe

      yes, Eric is learning. He’s reading, thinking, studying. he’s passionate and trying to express himself while helping others to express themselves. As you say…takes time!

  • Trelawney

    Eric,

    From when I first saw a video of you, some time ago now, it was plainly obvious that your passions are people, street photography and teaching. It seems like you have found your niche for this season in your life. Well done and keep it up the good work.

    All the best

  • Paul Holmes

    Always having an interest in candid (street) photography I wish I had done what you’ve done, when I was young enough to do it. So, good luck to you. Keep following what your heart tells you.

  • http://www.zisiskardianos.blogspot.gr/ Zisis Kardianos

    I have taken workshops with some “established” photographers in the
    past, even a Magnum one, and they didn’t help me a bit, because some
    they are only in it for the money. I obvisouly made the wrong choices or
    I was misguided by their inspiring photography. But beeing an
    exceptional photographer doesn’t necessarily make you a good teacher.
    Eric’s
    photography is not exceptional – even though it is geeting better – but
    his blog writtings and, I assume, his lectures, betray a person with
    enough knowledge and skills and with an urge to share and hone peoples
    abilities in street shooting.
    Especially for begginers or mid-level
    photographers, I think someone like Eric is more suitable, and certainly
    not a waste of money.
    I always admired in Eric ever since I know
    him, his persistance to carry on with his passions and obsessions,
    despite the unavoidable shortages and despite the wry criticism he often
    encounters. For me Eric is an example, of “let’s do it” kind of guy and
    if he makes his living out of it, some much better for him.

  • David Sierra

    Well all I can say from watching the youtube video of these classes is that people seem to be having a great time with each other and shooting the streets, If people want to spend their money and are happy with what they get then good for them. Eric came up with the idea, he executed it and it seems to be working.

  • Michael Ares

    You’re getting better Eric. That’s all that matters.

  • Curt Clayton

    I’m an architectural photographer and street photography is a long way from the type of work that I do. But I love good street photography and I really admire those who are dedicated and do it well. Hey, if you’re able to making a living doing something that you love, you are very fortunate!

  • space ghosts

    This was an interesting read, your journey is interesting. Thanks for taking the time out to write this I’m sure someone will find this inspiring. People just don’t seems to get that art is about the person making it and little to do with the viewers, art is subjective. Seems simple but so many people forget it in their flame wars. I won’t suggest what to do of give you ‘words of dis/encouragement’ as what you do is YOUR choice. You seem to have a strong sense of self which is very admirable when people want to compare and complain.

  • Grant Crusor

    Eric, thank you for this. More than anything about photography, your perspectives on purpose in life resonated with me the most. That’s an area I’ve been wrestling a lot with lately and your words help some in that struggle.

    That said, take all of these comments (mine included) in and let them go right back out. You’ve had folks reading, watching, and engaging consistently for a few years now. That speaks louder than the criticism and the praise. Keep doin’ your thing sir!

  • Simon Kümin

    The point is that Eric is a very very good (street) photography teacher. I had an online workshop with home at the end of last year and he helped me progress so much.

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  • Bob tilton

    Keep on keepin’ on Mr Eric!

  • Jeff Slade

    Sorry you’re getting some hateful remarks Eric..I can only assume some folks are a little jealous that you are making a living from your photography and doing what you enjoy. Personally, I wouldn’t want to attend a workshop or course, I’m happy doing things my way. But I can see there’s a ready market for you out there and you’ve carved out a niche for yourself. You put a lot of thought and research into your blog and it’s always well worth a read. It’s not easy making a living in photography and doing pretty much as you please and not being tied to a client’s brief. You seem to have found a way to do just that. Best of luck to you…I wonder what those who have written the unpleasant comments are doing for a living?

  • Flykowsky

    Use to come here for the insightful info now I just skip to the comments for lols……

  • http://oneant.com.au/ oneant

    Eric you need to sort this out …tighten up your camera straps. There is a massive amount about street that you dont even know exists ..your job to find it so everyone else can read it.