The only photos worth shooting are the ones which directly show your soul. Photos that have your soul embedded into them![Read more…] about Make Photos Which are a Direct Copy of Your Soul
[Read more…] about Idolize People, Not Stuff
Why is it that we idolize things (cars, objects, devices, homes, stuff)? Shouldn’t we be idolizing people and their character-traits instead?
- Look for curves (arabesque) between your subjects and other visual elements in the scene.
- Strive to simplify the scene, but keep the composition elegant (dynamic curves and movement).
- For color, the point is to make images which allow your viewer’s eyes look around the frame.
- Focus on certain shapes, forms, and other visual elements which interest you.
- For composition, consider the proportions of the image. The proportion of your subject in respect to the other elements in the scene. Consider the proportions of different colors in a scene.
“The rolling stone gathers no moss.”Publilius syrus
Never stay stuck to one geographical place, one home, one nation, one culture, one mode of thinking, one device, one technique, or one lifestyle.
Life is too infinitely complex and variegated— why become a prisoner in just one spot?
- Avoid stagnancy
- Stay in motion (creative momentum is good) // create everyday
- When in doubt, walk. Drive less, walk more. Walk for fun, and as a form of philosophical inquiry, idea generation, and soul-exercise.
- All motion is good — strive for eternal motion and perpetual motion until your death!
Keep the wheels spinning!
Shooting photography on your phone; the biggest disruption possible in photography:[Read more…] about Photography Disruption
I’ve always been a sucker for cars ever since I was a kid. For me, the car was a symbol (and practical means) of freedom. Going where I wanted to go, based on my own schedule, while also having pride in my vehicle.[Read more…] about Is the Best Car No Car?
"I’m never satisfied, can’t knock my hustle." – JAY Z
We’ve always been told by traditional (modern) morality:
You should be grateful for what you had, instead of pining (striving to obtain) what you don’t got.
But what if this line of thinking was dangerous to the human ambition and soul?
Ambition is the ultimate human trait
I’ve always been ambitious ever since I was a kid. I’ve always been hungry to experience more, achieve more, and to become more.
To me, this hustle and spirit of striving for more was my life blood. The passion that drove me to higher heights was derived from my dissatisfaction. Dissatisfied with the state of affairs in the world, dissatisfaction with my tools of creation. I wanted to change the world, make it better, and "to become the change which I wished to see in the world" (Gandhi).
What do you do once you got it all?
I’m at a precarious point in my life; at age 31 I’ve achieved all of my life goals, obtained all the tools I desired (besides my Black Matted Out Lamborghini), and have my dream lifestyle (nomadic and self-employed); yet there’s still something nagging deep within my soul– this sense of "enlightened dissatisfaction" that encourages me to strive for more. For more knowledge, more wisdom, to create more art, to create and share new ideas; and to keep hustling!
"I got a hustlers spirit, jigga period." – JAY Z
Perhaps the hustler’s spirit is what many of us are striving towards. To desire more; to desire to strive more, challenge ourselves more…and to become more!
So as a quick takeaway let us consider and reflect:
How can I channel my dissatisfaction into a productive and positive way; to encourage me to strive to become more, achieve more, and do more?
Holy moly, I just got my hands on a new Xiaomi 9 SE phone (only $350 USD while in Vietnam), and it is the most incredible phone and camera I have ever used:[Read more…] about Xiaomi 9 SE Review: Game-Changer for Photography and Phones
Nowadays we talk much about “lifestyle”— why not something deeper and more substantial such as “thinkstyle”?[Read more…] about Thinkstyle
What we are seeking as photographer-visual artists isn’t better “image quality”; it is to create images with beautiful aesthetics.
Therefore in our terminology about cameras and post processing, let us not mention “image quality” anymore (this term is ambiguous and doesn’t really mean anything; even worse when you use nerdy quantification numbers to determine “image quality”).[Read more…] about Aesthetics, Not Image Quality
I’ve always been curious — what is the best life?
A recent discovery for myself —
I believe a nomadic life is the best life.
Now — I cannot say it is the best for everyone, nor should a nomadic life be the best for everyone. If anything, I think living a nomadic life is like being part of the “nouveau rich”— a privilege.[Read more…] about Why I Believe a Nomadic Life is the Best Life
A simple way to approach life:
Either do it right now, or be okay never doing it (leave it undone).
There is much wisdom in leaving much undone.
In short, whatever is truly important and essential in your life, do it immediately. For small and petty tasks, best to leave them undone.
When chatting with my buddy Chu Viet Ha, a realization:
[Read more…] about Deep Photography
Perhaps what we are striving towards is to create more “deep” photos/images.
After playing with my niece Amelia, my realization:
To affect things is what playing is all about!
Perhaps to be happier and more satisfied in life, we should customize (bespoke) everything to ourselves.
Don’t customize yourself by simply buying the newest and fanciest stuff; customize and tailor your tools, clothes, aesthetics, and lifestyle to yourself (based on your personal needs, desires, style).
More focus on your choices; less about following trends.
Being hesitant to follow any trends; preferring being a “late adopter”. Never taking anyone else’s word for it; simply testing and experimenting with things for yourself.
Let us become “free shooters”— we only make photos which serve us, instead of striving to make photos to please others.[Read more…] about Free Shooter
Elevate yourself, elevate you
Elevate yourself beyond the UV— discover new hues.
Beyond the blues and blacks, keep your creative attack strong.
Avoid the throng and herd— fly high//sharp-eyed bird.
What’s the word? Keep flying higher. Keep moving forward, ain’t no getting tired.
A thought about art, music, ideas, music, technology, and other haptic feedback:
Perhaps what we are seeking is audio-visual-movement to stimulate/motivate our own movement, excitement, and vigor in life!
Anything which motivates me is good.
Motivation as meaning movement.
Whenever I experience anything that motivates me to create, think more, or feel more powerful — this is good.
For example, rap and hip hop music which gets my creative juices flowing, and puts my muscles into motion.
It also seems the best visual art to consume is the visual art which actually motivates you to go out and create more of your own artwork. Finding inspiration from other artists isn’t about fawning over their works into perpetuity; it is to discover a new source of motivation to create more of your own artwork.
We must think more of the artist as an athlete; create art which puts your muscles in motion!
Thanks to Mark Ittleman for the idea on visual-kinetic synesthesia!
More Ricoh GR II shots:[Read more…] about ERIC KIM Hanoi to Sapa Photography 2019
Do you desire to be more alike others– or to distinguish yourself more from others– to separate the gulf between you and others more?[Read more…] about Distinguish Yourself