How to Succeed and Survive as a Photographer and Artist

Istanbul, 2014

Istanbul, 2014

I am currently reading: “Akademie x Lessons in Art + Life”, which is probably one of the most inspirational art/life books I’ve picked up as of late. It is a beautifully printed and bound book, folding open like a school instructional manual.

I personally never went to art school. I entered college as a Biology major (to become a doctor like a good Asian kid), but upon going into school (and realizing I hated science and math), I switched to the exact opposite: sociology.

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Travel Updates: My Experiences in NYC and Now Back in Berkeley!

Epic bokeh photo of me by my buddy Tyler Hayward n Toronto.

Epic bokeh photo of me by my buddy Tyler Hayward in Toronto.

Hey streetogs, after my 3-week trip in Chicago, Toronto, NYC, I am excited to finally be back home in Berkeley. It is wonderful to enjoy sleeping in my own bed, being back at home with Cindy, and the lovely weather of Berkeley. Unfortunately, I think I caught a mild cold while traveling, and will spend the next few days recuperating. Fortunately, caffeine and green tea has been my new friends (gonna take a break from the coffee for a while until I get better).

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“Essential Street Portrait Crash Course”: San Francisco Special 1-Day Street Photography Workshop (May 9th, 2015)

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Dear streettogs, I am excited to announce that I am teaching a special 1-day “Essential Street Portrait Crash Course” in San Francisco on May 9th, 2015. If you want to build your confidence, and learn how to get to get (really) close to your subjects, and have a really busy schedule, this course will be perfect for you.

Read more to get all the details, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on! You can also see all of my other upcoming street photography workshops here.

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Jared Krause: Inspired by Light and Colour

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(Editor’s Note: Words and Photographs by Jared Krause)

I started shooting in June of 2009. I had causally been thinking about photography and decided to buy a camera. I started posting to a photo blog because I felt like photography was a good way to share my experiences with other people. Shooting street photos gave my photography purpose, a goal and a style to pursue rather than just taking random shots of anything. It was a edgy and new to me. I decided to start posting photos to my blog every day, and did so for over a year. In that period, I got very comfortable using my camera, and quite familiar with light, contrast, colour and the other elements involved in photography. Even though I wasn’t shooting street, I was learning.

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Seek Progress, Not Perfection in Your Photography

Seattle, 2014

Seattle, 2014

I just finished reading a new book titled: “Becoming Steve Jobs”, which is a new biography on the life of Steve Jobs. I also read the other (more famous) Walter Isaacson biography: “Steve Jobs”, and found this to be a great refresher to the life, work, and passion of Steve Jobs.

In “Becoming Steve Jobs”, one thing I found fascinating was how Steve Jobs was a practicing Buddhist. Although he could be a ruthless businessman, he balanced that with meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist practices.

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What Music Albums Can Teach You About Street Photography Projects

London, 2014. Part of my on-going "Suits" series.

London, 2014. Part of my on-going “Suits” series.

I love music. I love listening to music when I’m writing (like I am doing now), I love listening to music when I’m driving, and I love having music play in the background when I’m with my friends.

I have a lot of favorite artists and I have found one thing that separates the “successful” artists and from the “unsuccessful” artists: the “successful” artists continue to produce work (and don’t die off).

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Dissecting the Layers of Portland: An Interview with Nick Gervin

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(Editor’s Note: Interview by Eric Kim. Photographs by Nick Gervin.)

Eric: Hey Nick great to have you. Can you start off by telling us a (brief) life story and how you first picked up a camera?

Nick: Thanks for having me, Eric. I first picked up a camera in 1992 at the age of twelve. I wanted to document the graffiti art I was discovering in and around Portland, Maine. At that time, the city was in poor shape and it had a lot of derelict buildings that I would skip school to explore.

I really had no clue what I was doing when it came to photography; I was more of a point-and-shooter then. Still, I felt that the documentation was important and, later on, it would prove to be. Like all things in life, the graffiti didn’t last forever and the photographs I had made then helped document a subculture. I continued to point-and-shoot over the years, mostly with disposable cameras.

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