I was reading Horace’s advice to his friend on poetry, and he said that we should focus on knowing how to order our lives correctly, instead of being overly-obsessed with how to order our verses.
Archives for March 2017
I just read Hesiod’s Work and Days; and found lots of great practical wisdom on working hard and hustling.
‘Poetry, created and invented for the delight of our souls, if it comes ever so little of the summit, sinks to the bottom.’ – Horace
Do your photos delight your own soul?
I wanted to write you an essay on how I come up with ideas:
If I started street photography all over again; this is the advice I would give myself:
You were given a gift as a child.
Don’t entertain a high opinion of any other person (besides yourself).
A list of stuff I wish I knew if I started photography all over again, at age 18.
If you have photographer’s block, or lacking inspiration to shoot— set a timer for 25 minutes, and do nothing but photograph for those 25 minutes.
Close your eyes and imagine,
what you are capable of.
Be like King Midas— turn the shit of life into gold.
We currently live in Elysium — the heaven on earth.
If your dream is to make a living from your passion; I will try to give you the tools necessary to accomplish it.
What if we lived a life where the only affirmation or criticism we got was from ourselves?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between a ‘generalist’ photographer, versus being a ‘specialist’ photographer.
I’ve been thinking a lot about composition— what it is for, and why it is important in photography:
I think a good street photographer is like a hybrid between a boxer and a ballerina.
What is your limiting factor in your life and creativity?
It wasn’t their intention to.
I want to share some practical tips on how I photograph:
I was walking on the streets, and I saw an advertisement for the new Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone that said: “Think big.” What if we embraced the opposite— and “think small”?
Photography is as easy as A,B,C:
‘I labor to be concise.’ – Horace
Let us work hard to make our photos short, and to the point:
One of the lessons I’ve learned is that in order to make more beautiful photos, we should seek to “make” (not “take”) photos.
There is nobody more important to photograph than our loved ones.
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs
Life is short— why do we keep saying “yes” to “opportunities” we don’t really want?
Would you want to be immortal?
what is gonna be my life story?
I think that photographers often over-obsess with cameras, gear, and lenses — but we never think about the most important tool when it comes to our photography; our shoes.
How do we overcome our fears, and build self-confidence, and build up our self-esteem?
If you were a giant, could an ant hurt you?
Be like Nike — just shoot it.
“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” – Jesus
I remember hearing this saying as a kid. It empowered me.
Many wise people have said in the past— true wisdom is knowing yourself, not others.
Another thing I would like to give the middle-finger to: sexism.
What motivates you to make a photograph? Or what motivates you not to make a photograph?
I have the wrong impression that if I somehow bought a new camera, a new gadget, or gizmo– I will somehow become more creative.
What if you lived a life where you knew in your heart that success was your only option?