ERIC KIM SELFIE in broken mirror. Kyoto, 2017.
Kyoto selfie, 2017

Photography and art is very important for my mental health.

Cindy picture of ERIC sleeping in Ryokan. Uji, Kyoto 2017
Cindy takes a picture of ERIC sleeping in Ryokan. Uji, Kyoto 2017

If I don’t take photos on a regular basis, I start feeling shitty.

Kid playing with red ball at night in Uji, Kyoto 2017.
Kid playing with red ball at night in Uji, Kyoto 2017.

For me, photography is all about exploring, playing and finding more appreciation in my everyday life. Without photography, I feel like I cannot breathe.

Uji sunset, 2017.
Uji sunset, 2017. Red, yellow, blue.

Photography keeps my life interesting and exciting. Photography gives my life a sense of purpose — to empower other photographers, to share open source information, but also to avoid feelings of depression in myself.

Uji sunset. 2017
Uji buildings. 2017

If I’m indoors all day, I get antsy, and feel restless, listless, and have too much time to think. I think too much time to think (especially when you are indoors) I think — is bad for your mental health. Depression is certainly a modern affliction — in the past, when we were too busy just fighting for survival, we didn’t even have time to feel depressed. But now, with too much comfort and luxury, we are punished.

Ryokan with Cindy. Uji, Kyoto 2017
Ryokan with Cindy. Uji, Kyoto 2017

For myself, I still get suckered by wanting more stuff, money, and wealth. But photography reminds me —

True happiness is human relationships.

Diagonal composition Uji, 2017. Note the edge of the top right frame and bottom left frame and top left frame... all connect quite well.
Uji, 2017. #cindyproject

When I make photos of Cindy, I remind myself:

My life is short. Let me appreciate every moment with Cindy. For me not to be petty, complain over bullshit, and live life with joy and appreciation.

Reflection of Cindy in Ukata in our Ryokan in Uji, Kyoto 2017
Reflection of Cindy in Ukata in our Ryokan in Uji, Kyoto 2017

Hapticlabs Kyoto Office- Jennifer Nguyen, Annette Kim joins us to make CREATIVE EVERY DAY

Photography always puts me in a better mood. I can turn off my brain, and just shoot — entering a zen zone, and treating photography as self therapy.

Cindy laughing at red shrine. Kyoto, 2017.
Kyoto, 2017. Laughing Cindy. #cindyproject

Lately, I’m trying to take more POSITIVE photos. Photos of people laughing and smiling. To feel more joy in life, rather than just looking for the shitty.

Me and Jennifer, in Kyoto.
Annette and Cindy. Kyoto 2017

Japanese man. Kyoto street portrait, 2017.
Japanese man. Kyoto street portrait, 2017. Shot with Ricoh GR II and 28mm

I think a lot of us are miserable in our photography because we try too hard to be “serious” photographers.

Finger pointing to kids. Amsterdam, 2017. Kids run into the scene, thus completing the composition.
Finger pointing to kids. Amsterdam, 2017

I say fuck that — let’s just be big kids with cameras. Don’t take yourself seriously — just have fun.


ERIC KIM Amsterdam Street photography workshop group picture, 2017
ERIC KIM Amsterdam Street photography workshop group picture, 2017

The reason I love to teach workshops — the chance to have fun, meet other new passionate friends, and to share my experiences.

I think anything that brings us closer to people is good for us.

If you had a billion dollars, but you were the only person left on planet earth, would you be happy?

ERIC KIM abstract selfie, Amsterdam 2017
ERIC KIM abstract selfie, Amsterdam 2017

Make photos that bring a smile to your own face

Color abstract. Yellow and orange and blue.

No pressure in your photography. Just make photos that bring joy to your own life, and bring a smile to your own face.

Smile,
ERIC