Saigon, 2017 #cindyproject

How to Avoid Boredom in Photography

Saigon, 2017 #cindyproject
Saigon, 2017 #cindyproject

To never get bored in photography, increase challenge.


1. Make more dynamic compositions

Cindy’s hands. Berkeley, 2016
Cindy’s hands. Berkeley, 2016

Avoid symmetry. Avoid static photos. Make your subjects move. Integrate hand gestures. Shoot a lot of the same scene. Study contact sheets.

Cindy’s hands. Berkeley, 2016
Contact sheet. Cindy’s hands. Berkeley, 2016

Take risks. Make blurry photos. Out of focus photos.

Let serendipity enter your photos, by clicking randomly. Then when you sit down, look at your best shots, and choose the photos that stir your heart-strings.

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2. Trace your photos

Trace of Cindy. Saigon, 2017
Trace of Cindy. Saigon, 2017

Henri Cartier-Bresson traced his photos to analyze his compositions after he shot them. I’ve taken the same liberty. But now, I use an iPad, and Procreate app.

Also, trace the photos and images of others, to better understand what makes a good composition and frame.

Howard Hughes

Irving Penn

Irving Penn.

Albert Watson portrait of STEVE JOBS

3. Tell convincing lies.

Istanbul Eric Kim glare stare street photogrpahy
Istanbul, 2013

The best photographers are the best liars.

Contact sheet Istanbul
Contact sheet. Istanbul, 2015

Telling the “truth” in photography is boring, and overrated.

I only think photo journalists perhaps more of an ethical duty to try to tell the “truth” of war, poverty, and inequality in the world. But for us Street Photographers and casual photographers, TELL LIES.

4. Provoke a response

He noticed me and said, “You need to for permission before taking my photo!” I then asked him for permission, and he said no. I got the shot anyways. Shot in Program Mode on Ricoh GR II.

Don’t be a stealth ninja photographer. Interact with your subjects and the world. Avoid boring photos.

Contact sheet Downtown LA. Fingers.
Contact sheet.

Be like WILLIAM KLEIN, a director on the streets.


George Condo x Kanye

Fuck rules in photography. Be like a big kid, just have fun. Experiment, try out new techniques, and avoid boredom.

Kill the king.

Learn from the masters for a fundamental course. Then, KILL THEM and their “rules”.

That means, UNLEARN the “rules” of Photography once you’ve mastered them.



Seoul, 2009

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“He without a past has no future.”

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Prague, 1968. Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos
Prague, 1968. Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos

Classics never die:

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