Simple tips to get you going!
A simple way to live life:
[Read more…] about Never Stop Challenging Yourself
Never stop challenging yourself — always strive to become stronger, become deeper, become harder, more profound, with greater challenges and tasks which interest you!
Listen to your body more than your mind
More wisdom in the body than the mind.[Read more…] about The Body is King
My thought —
The ultimate end or apex activity is for us to make art!
And the ultimate state for us to achieve is to become a hybrid of both philosopher AND artist.[Read more…] about The Apex of Human Activity is to Make Art!
Let’s think beyond —
[Read more…] about Beyond the Single Image: In Praise of Collages
More fun with image collages — the greater joy seeing sets of images with a dynamic balance of consistency and variety.
I was at a really nice park the other day, enjoying the sound of chirping birds, water rushing, the cool breeze in the shade, and looking up at the trees and sky and I thought to myself:
Wow, the blue shade of the sky is actually quite ugly.
Which made me wonder —
[Read more…] about Is Reality Ugly?
What are we trying to do as visual artists/photographers — glorify reality and nature, or to make it look different (according to our own vision of beauty)?
How to distinguish yourself — why distinguish yourself ?
Individualism with substance
Are you a real unique person — or a permutation of random fragments? Are you an algorithmically generated person? Can your conversations be recreated by someone else? Do your opinions belong to you, or are you parroting what you’ve heard by others?
Are you afraid of offending others? Do you engage in “safe” conversations in the fear that you might upset others?[Read more…] about Deep Individualism
It seems as a society we are becoming overly fat (apparently the new term isn’t “overweight, but “overfat”– as there are a lot of athletic people with lots of muscle who are technically “overweight”).
I like the notion of “over-fat”, because it addresses the big challenge we face as a society right now (also from a public health perspective): having excess fat (body fat, adipose tissue).
But applied further philosophically; perhaps we are getting too fat also in a general way, with our stuff, objects, and other excess “fat” (superfluities) in life.[Read more…] about Subtract the Fat
The hacker ethos: the ethos of “hacking” together the resources you already have//the opportunity to innovate a new approach (which might be superior to an easier approach of just buying anything new).[Read more…] about The Hacker Ethos
Life as beyond survival; it is about thrivival!
We desire to thrive. To become bigger, stronger, more epic.
There isn’t a final destination. The goal is to keep thriving and striving until the day you die.
Never stop reaching higher for (beyond) the heavens!
Kill Bill 2: as epic as the first. Truly epic film.[Read more…] about Kill Bill Volume 2 Cinematography
Currently in the works: Henri Neck Strap PYTHON Edition. Uber-limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the list.[Read more…] about Henri PYTHON Edition Sneak Peak
If you’re a photographer that wants to harness the great powers of social media (yet hate the traditional forms of social media like Facebook/Instagram), arsbeta.com is for you.[Read more…] about ARS: Anti-Social Social Media for Photographers
Wouter Vanhees: Although I live in Hanoi, I travel to Ho Chi Minh City regularly for work. At night, when my meetings and work stuff is finished, I like to explore the inner city to do street photography with my Ricoh GR2.[Read more…] about The Alley: Night Street Photography in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Wouter Vanhees
Perhaps the optimal solution in life isn’t to “choose” only one between two things. It is to choose the best of both (or multiple) options. A hybrid/mixed/variageted approach to life.
- Hybrid approach to phones: Own both an iPhone and a Google Pixel (or Android device). Have best of both worlds; because there are both upsides and downsides to both iOS and Android. #twophone lifestyle.
- Hybrid cars: Benefit of a Prius; not having to fill the gas tank often, and also higher mpg. I love electric cars, yet still now the charging situation is a bit inconvenient. Owning a Prius as being less sexy than a Tesla, but probably more convenient.
- Hybrid genetics: Purebred dogs are weaker than mixed breed dogs. Surely for humans we must be the same; mixed race children being genetically stronger and more diverse than homogenous children/genes.
I wonder what other ways we can take a hybrid approach to life?
Mixed alloys are stronger
Pure aluminum, steel, or gold is quite fragile. They are much stronger when mixed compounds; an alloy is superior.
With media, perhaps having BOTH the digital AND the analogue is the superior option. Enjoy BOTH ebooks and paper books. Enjoy digital art and also analogue art.
One isn’t better than the other; embrace both. Embrace Hybrid!
Good pain as growing pains. The pain you get from “delayed onset muscle soreness”. The pain of artistic and creative growth; painful, yet a good pain stimulus to our personal growth![Read more…] about Good Pain
The only noble type of productivity is artistic productivity.[Read more…] about Artistic Productivity
The joy of composing things —
- Composing music
- Composing essays
- Composing photographs
Perhaps this is what makes photography so fun and joyful? And what’s the driving force of the artist?[Read more…] about The Joy of Composition
KILL BILL Volume 1 (available on Netflix) — man, I totally forgot how great of a director/story-writer Quentin Tarantino is. Also spectacular Uma Thurman performance, Lucy Liu, and the whole cast:[Read more…] about Kill Bill Volume 1 Cinematography
I’ve been shooting a lot with the Xiaomi 9 SE recently (my new favorite phone-camera). The interesting thing is this:
Perhaps the future of disruption in photography is this: cameras that also happen to be phones.
In other words — we shouldn’t think of them as phones with good cameras. We should think of good cameras, that also have “phone” capabilities (ability to surf the web, publish/share photos, send emails, etc).[Read more…] about A Camera that Also Happens to Be a Phone?
A simple thought about artistic productivity:
[Read more…] about Make Then Share!
Just make stuff, then share them!