AVEDON as one of the geniuses of composition:[Read more…] about Photography Composition Lessons from Richard Avedon
Ignore what society or “experts” tell you “what is good for you”. Instead, focus on spending much time with yourself, your own thoughts, and to meditate to yourself:
What do I really want for myself? And what are my true tastes and preferences in life?
Do this for,
- Lifestyle choices (do you really prefer a simple or minimalist life, or is it what others tell you how you “should” live your life?)
- What possessions, tools, things, equipment do you really want? For example do you want a Leica camera because it’s the best camera for you, or because of the mystique of the brand, and because of the price?
- Do you really want that luxury or sports car, or that watch, or that bag because you really want it or because others persuade you to sucker you into thinking that you want it?
Don’t get suckered or milked by a system which tries to “educate” you on what ‘good taste’ is!
Let us not shame others, nor should we live in a way in which we feel ashamed of ourselves.
On the cult of productivity:[Read more…] about Why Do We Desire Perpetual Productivity?
Heavy cameras are the WORST thing for your artistic thriving as a photographer.[Read more…] about Why I Hate Heavy Cameras
How important is ‘image quality’ (aesthetics) of a photograph to make it a great photo?[Read more…] about Image Quality and Great Photos
Something very curious to me:
Why did HCB give up photography?
Some of my theories:[Read more…] about Why Did Henri Cartier-Bresson Give Up Photography?
Why photograph, interact, or talk with strangers?
Some ideas:[Read more…] about Why Interact with Strangers?
Classic compositions reverberate throughout time:[Read more…] about Why Photographers Should Study Painting
Avedon as more of a genius than people realize:[Read more…] about Richard Avedon Photography Composition Studies
- Avedon as more confident, humanistic.
- Avedon as realizing the ultimate beauty is the human and human form. HCB thought it was geometry, surrealism.
- Avedon as more prolific. HCB gave up after around 30 years. Avedon went well into his 80s, towards his death.
- Avedon as being bolder with his artistic vision. Avedon as admitting that his photos were about himself, whereas HCB had the pretense that he was the “objective outside observer”. Also the difference between HCB’s portrait of the duke and duchess vs Avedon’s depiction.
My only regret in my photo life is this — not having the courage to share photos which I thought others wouldn’t like.
Photos which I liked, but photos which I was afraid others wouldn’t like.[Read more…] about Have the Courage to Share Bad Photos
If you cannot write code, build value by writing (blogging). Share information, knowledge, and your personal life journey.
Idea from Naval Ravikant (founder of anglelist).
Steve Jobs’ vision has been realized:
[Read more…] about iPad as a Magical Device for Photographers
The iPad is truly a magical device for photographers, visual artists, creative types, readers, writers — essentially everyone.
Great Josef Koudelka compositions:
What I’ve discovered in my life:
- When I succeed, it ain’t that big of a deal.
- When I fail, it ain’t that big of a deal either.
A fun play from the Nietzsche quote: “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
Assuming photography is your primary art-form, a life without photography (your art) isn’t a life worth living.[Read more…] about Life Without Photography is Not a Life Worth Living
What makes street photography so fun and interesting?
[Read more…] about Street Photographers are Adrenaline Junkies
The hormonal rush we get from it!
Happy Monday friends! I just wanted to send you some quick inspiration, tips, and ideas.[Read more…] about ERIC KIM PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRATION
In some regards, I think that Henri Cartier-Bresson is highly UNDERRATED. By looking through ~5,000+ of his photos, here are some under-known photos I analyzed, and the elegant arabesque (curve) compositions I uncovered:
Video slideshow[Read more…] about PDF: Henri Cartier-Bresson Photography Composition Studies
A combination of living nomadically (and being rooted) as the optimal lifestyle.[Read more…] about In Praise of Intermittent Living
We all have this romantic notion of the photographer: nomadic and wandering, lightweight, simple lifestyle— extreme delight in making beautiful images.
Where does this notion come from, and is it a good one? Or bad?[Read more…] about Why is Photography so Romanticized?
Some of my personal favorite compositions from Henri Cartier-Bresson, from some of his lesser-known photos (found on magnumphotos.com website).[Read more…] about Henri Cartier-Bresson Composition Studies
Color is only fun when it’s unrealistic, exaggerated and extreme!
HYPER CHROMA:[Read more…] about Color Theory: Crush the Chroma!
When I was getting my feet wet in photography and street photography, I came across the Leica camera (the camera that Henri Cartier-Bresson globe-trotted with). I was confused. Why is the Leica M camera worth $7,000+? And the lenses often $2500+?[Read more…] about Why are Leica Cameras so Expensive?
When in doubt, shoot ‘bad’ photos![Read more…] about Better Bad Photos than No Photos
The photos you shoot today will become the history of tomorrow.[Read more…] about Historical Photography
As photographer-artists, what is it we are hungry for, and what we are searching for?[Read more…] about Beauty in the Mundane
We all obviously like money, and desire money. But for what?
- Do we want money to buy things?
- Do we want money to simply give us a ‘basic income‘ for basics of living (paying rent, basic food, utilities)?
- Do we want money as a form of ‘keeping track of our success in life?’ Money as used as a metric of success?
Some thoughts:[Read more…] about Money for What?
A thought today:
[Read more…] about Is it All Socialization?
What percentage of us is biological and genetics, and what percentage of us is socialization?
A useful heuristic:
[Read more…] about Study the Masters of the Masters
Study the masters of the masters you admire, in order to learn deeper.
When people say, “the camera doesn’t matter”, what they really mean to say is:
Your skill as a photographer doesn’t increase proportionally with the expense of your camera.
For example having a $10,000 camera won’t make me 10x skillful than if I have a $1000 camera.
So this is what I want to explain — how the camera matters in photography.[Read more…] about How Does Your Camera Matter?
To ‘entertain’ literally means “to hold the attention” [of x].
Many of us like to be ‘entertained’ (by others). Generally speaking, entertainment is seen as a passive act.
My thoughts and questions:
[Read more…] about Why Entertainment?
Why do we get bored, and why do we want to BE entertained (passive receiving), instead of actively entertaining ourselves (by producing, making, and creating)?
Is your desire to spend more time with yourself and with your own thoughts, or to escape yourself and your own thoughts?[Read more…] about Be With Your Thoughts, or Escape Your Thoughts?