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I’m a big fan of Zen/Taoist, Eastern philosophy.
Part of the things I want to do is a new format of presenting the analysis, results, and the next assignment:
Dear friend, For those of you who follow this blog — you know that I am a big fan of “stoic” philosophy — essentially how to be a badass in today’s unpredictable, chaotic, and insane world.
Dear friend, “Photography” is my 10-year culmination in my journey of photography.
If you’re looking for an epic trip of a lifetime, don’t miss out on my upcoming week-long Hanoi to Sapa Travel Street Photography Experience (Feb 8-13, 2017):
Dear friend, I want to show you some of my behind-the-scene “contact sheets” from Tokyo — to show you how I got some of my favorite shots:
“In writing, do not let a hair’s breadth separate you from the subject. Speak your mind directly; go to it without wandering thoughts.” – Basho Don’t shoot in a fancy manner.
Dear friend, I am currently with Cindy in Hanoi, experiencing our first Thanksgiving away from home.
Dear friends, As a gift, download Eric Kim Lightroom Presets 2017 (my newest free collection of Lightroom Presets).
Cindy and I want to thank you for your support, with this special Holiday Bundle Sale only available for until 8am (Pacific standard time) December 24, 2016. Amazon orders of individual items will still continue to be accepted and shipped as usual. [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” countdown_end_type=”time” end_date=”23-12-2016 23:59″ start_time=”1482488367″ end_time=”0,31,41″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position=”center” top_ditance=”10″ bottom_distance=”10″ ][/wpdevart_countdown]
I read something interesting recently — the idea that for an organism to prevent dying— it must constantly add complexity and energy to itself.
Sean Lotman just published the most incredible color street photography book — titled Sunlanders.
Why do many of us lack inspiration to go out and make photos?
Dear friend, I am currently at the Kansai international airport (closest airport to Kyoto), just downed a double-espresso from Tully’s (pretty good), and wanted to use this time before my flight back to Hanoi to reflect on my trip in Kyoto.
I recently re-read the “Tao Te Ching” and came across a quote that said something like, “If you define yourself, you will never know who you truly are.”
I just finished a great Kyoto Composition Street Photography workshop with Sean Lotman and Junku Nishimura:
I consider Sean Lotman the best color street photographer in Japan (if not, my personal favorite contemporary street photographer). He just published “Sunlanders” — like looking at Japan through acid or LSD.
I recently deleted all the photos on my Instagram, unfollowed everyone, and started from scratch.
Dear friend, I love learning, but the problem is that when I learn too much, I can become overwhelmed.
Dear friend, I am currently on the shinkansen (rapid bullet train) from Tokyo and Kyoto, and on this 2-hour trip, want to reflect on my experiences shooting, eating, and experiencing Tokyo:
Out of all the Stoic philosophers in history, Epictetus was certainly one of the brightest ones — as well as the ones that walked the walk (in addition to talking the talk).
Imagine a man on a farm. He prays for rain, but it never comes.
Dear friend, I don’t know what the secret to “happiness” is— but I know that I am the least miserable, least anxious, and least stressed when I am creating.
Cindy and I would love to announce that for a limited time, we are bundling our two Haptic Press products: “The City of Angels” by Eric Kim, Haptic Press limited edition art portfolio Street Notes: A Workbook & Assignments Journal With your purchase of The City of Angels, you receive a free copy of Street… Read more about “The City of Angels” x Street Notes
I was doing some research on the photographer Irving Penn, and I was drawn to two words that characterized his photography and life: simplicity and persistence.
Just finished a phenomenal workshop in Tokyo — focused on projects, themes, and finding your own voice:
A lot of modern wisdom tells us that it is important to compromise— to make everyone happy.
It is common wisdom that we should work “smarter, not harder.”
Dear friend, I’m currently at the Hanoi International airport, ready to go to Japan for two weeks, and wanted to give you a life update:
Have you ever photographed at your lowest?
The new Leica M-D (the digital rangefinder with no LCD screen) — all hype, or the real deal?
Whose applause do you crave?
Check out the best student photos from my recent Conquer Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography Workshop in Singapore:
One of the best feelings when I’m shooting street photography is getting into the “zone” — the feeling when I am being the most creative, the most concentrated, and hours fly by.
Publilius Syrus was a former slave— turned playwright and philosopher, who was best known for his “aphorisms” — a collection of self-contained quotes which is full of insight, wisdom, and advice.
Dear friend, What is your calling?
What if you had no fear in your photography?
Dear friend, One of the most difficult things in photography is to stay motivated and inspired.
“A happy man is he who obtains his wishes easily.” – Publilius Syrus We all need goals or a sense of direction in our photography in life.
Dear friend, For me, expectation is what leads me to feeling disappointed and miserable.
I recently came across this list of 7 aesthetics when it comes to Zen art:
Are you a street photographer who is looking for a travel experience of a lifetime?