David “Chim” Seymour was one of the co-founders of Magnum (alongside Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa/Cornell Capa), and unfortunately his life was cut short when covering a photography story in Egypt.
I believe good photos are strong both in content (what you’re photographing) and form (composition).
Why do I make photos? To change the minds, hearts, souls, and perspectives of others; while also giving me more appreciation for my own life!
As a reminder, the purpose of photography is to help us live a richer and more fulfilling life!
The great thing about life and being alive: you can live your life however you desire, and to pursue it in a way which you find personally-meaningful and important.
If you want to work on a personally meaningful project, here are some tips, advice, wisdom, and ideas I will give you:
2013-2016, Kodak Portra 400:
Cornell Capa: without him we wouldn’t have the ICP (International center of photography in NYC), and we wouldn’t have these iconic photos of JFK, and more.
How do you know when you’re making progress as a photography entrepreneur? How do you know what to write about? Some practical tips:
A philosophical question: would you still take photos if you couldn’t share your photos with anybody else?
Steve McCurry: easily one of the most iconic photographers of all time.
Why do I take photos?
Seems like a simple question enough, but the simplest questions always seem to be the most complicated.
Greg Marsden: a good friend of mine, with some of the juiciest color street photos out there!
Jesse Marlow: one of the OG’s and heavyweights in the world of street photography.
Pierre Belhassen: his photos speak to my soul:
A list of what’s currently in my bag for living in Saigon for two months, and general thoughts on packing for the road and photography:
You were destined to do great things my dear
God gave you two hands to steer
Your own ship in life
I am super excited to share with you my newest and most innovative concept ever: an offline ‘Street Photographer Starter Kit‘, which you can teach street photography to yourself, at your own pace, all offline — via an easy-to-purchase/download .ZIP file.
Umberto Boccioni: a true genius artist, one of the forefathers of ‘Futurism‘; an art movement which emphasized speed, modernism, the city, and to me– is an incredibly optimistic/positive artistic outlook!
The phone is the ultimate camera: you can shoot with your phone, you can select (edit) your photos, you can process your photos (add presets, filters), and instantly share and process your photos! Whoever says that the phone isn’t a “real” camera; ignore them.
If you’re new to street photography, or want a quick refresher: here is a quick start to a basic overview of street photography:
This post is dedicated to my friend and inspiration Josh White who taught me that photography is about a personal documentation of your life, your loved ones, and your life journey:
Brandon Phan (very good friend of mine) is one of the most innovative photographers I know: combining portraiture, landscape, travel, and poetry/collages to his photographic work:
A little epiphany I had: you always have another option in life, regardless of how trapped, enslaved, or stuck you might feel!
Prototype of the new Pro HENRI Wrist Strap. Email Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Dear friend, I believe it is possible to make a living from your passion. I will try to use this essay as an attempt to flesh out my ideas on how to do it– as a practical guide for you!