Don’t be a Street Photographer, Just be a Photographer

London, 2014

London, 2014

I often have a hard time going out and making “street photos”— and I have a lot of other friends who face a similar difficulty. A lot of street photographers disdain their busy lives, and how they aren’t ever able to make time to go out and hit the streets and shoot “street photography”.

But being really inspired by my friend Josh White— I realized that you don’t need to be a “street photographer”, you just need to be a “photographer”. Or better yet, don’t even be a “photographer”, be a human being with immense amounts of curiosity about the world, with the passion and drive to document it.

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Free E-Book: On Being an Artist and Photographer

on being a photographer and artist cover

Dear streettogs, I am excited to share that I have a new free e-book to share with you guys: “On Being an Artist and Photographer“. The chapters include:

  • Chapter 1: How to Succeed and Survive as an Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 2: The Role of the Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 3: How to Express Yourself as an Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 4: How to Have a Creative and Flexible Mind as an Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 5: How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone in Art and Photography
  • Chapter 6: How to Be Self-Compassionate as an Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 7: Conclusion

This free e-book is a compilation of all of the previous blog posts I’ve been writing on the book: “Akademie x Lessons in Art and Life“. I know the blog posts are a bit difficult to download and access, so I put them together in an easy-to-access free download file.

Free download:

This book is “open source” meaning you are free to distribute, edit, change, remix, or share this with your friends (freely and openly). Enjoy:

  • PDF
  • Google Doc (please help me edit this text with your suggestions).

If you want to read the full e-book on this blog, “read more”. You can also save the book to “Pocket” and “Instapaper“.

Other free e-books:

Here are some other free e-books on street photography you might enjoy:

  1. Street Photography 101: An Introduction to Street Photography” (translation into Portuguese here)
  2. The Street Photography Project Manual
  3. “31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography
  4. The Social Media Blackbook for Photographers
  5. Letters from a Street Photographer
  6. Street Photography Aphorisms, Heuristics, and Sayings

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How to Be Self-Compassionate as an Artist and Photographer

London, 2014

London, 2014

I think as artists and photographers we often put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We always put pressure on ourselves to improve our photography, to take our work to the next level, and to make “original” work.

In “Akademie x Lessons in Art and Life” artist (and our tutor) Shirley Tse gave lots of interesting ideas on art that are quite taoist/buddhist in nature. Her ideas reflect on self-compassion in art, and some of her lessons include loving (not judging), being critical without being judgmental, sharpening one’s visual intelligence, and not worrying so much about being original (but more focus on being authentic).

Let’s dive in.

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How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone in Art and Photography

Toronto, 2015

Toronto, 2015

I think one of the most exciting things about being an artist is following your curiosity, passion, and to pursue a life-long path of learning.

Continuing from my “Akademie x Lessons in Art and Life” series, here are some lessons I learned from the Raqs Media Collective in how you can constantly transform yourself through art, how to step outside of your comfort zone, and thrive in a life-long pursuit of learning:

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How to Have a Creative and Flexible Mind as an Artist and Photographer

Toronto, 2015

Toronto, 2015

Continuing my series on “Akademie x Lessons in Art and Life”, I thoroughly enjoyed an essay titled: “Me and Marcuse” by Michelle Grabner. She exposed me to a lot of new ideas that I want to explore below on the following topics: what art is for, the importance of filtering images, undoing and re-doing your world-constructs, and the importance of learning:

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How to Express Yourself as an Artist and Photographer

NYC, 2014

NYC, 2014

Continuing the lessons I’ve learned from “Akademie x Lessons in Art + Life”, I want to share some thoughts I’ve learned from Carol Bove, one and the artists and “tutors” from the book.

Carol expresses ideas on self-expression, what work means to her, time and information management, as well as uncensoring and finding yourself. I hope you enjoy these ideas:

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