Cindy laughing at red shrine. Kyoto, 2017.

Without Photography, Life Would Be a Mistake

Cindy laughing at red shrine. Kyoto, 2017.
Cindy laughing at red shrine. Kyoto, 2017. Super low angle.

Why make pictures? To me, it is to enjoy the sweet nectar of life… and to make art to express our inner-soul.

“Life without music would be a mistake.” – Nietzsche (Twilight of the Idols)

Cindy lying on the ground of our (then) new apartment in Berkeley, doing her readings. Berkeley, 2015
Cindy lying on the ground of our (then) new apartment in Berkeley, doing her readings. Berkeley, 2015

What’s the big deal with making pictures?

To me, making pictures is a reminder to myself:

Damn, it’s fucking good to be alive. I love my life, I love being alive, and I’m grateful that my loved ones are (currently) alive, and I can enjoy life with them.

Cindy learning how to drive. Michigan, 2014
Cindy learning how to drive. Michigan, 2014

Photography helps me catch the small and precious moments, and it helps me realize:

This is a lovely moment. I’m happy and grateful.

Kiss. Cindy, Saigon, 2017
Kiss. Cindy, Saigon, 2017

I was walking the streets of Kyoto the other day, just super excited with all the street life.

It made me joyful to see all of my fellow human beings, roaming the streets. Laughing together, holding hands, and exploring.

I was talking with Cindy and my friend Takashi, and thinking to myself,

The (real) world is amazing. So much to explore. So much to be excited about.

You are a picture-naut

Cindy in elevator. Saigon, 2017
Cindy in elevator. Saigon, 2017

Astronaut:
– Astro: Other planets (astronomy)
– Naut: Sailor/explorer (nautical)

Picture-naut: A picture and photo explorer

How exciting it is for us to use the camera as a tool to visually explore the world. To make art. To make images that interest us.

Cindy blur. Saigon, 2017
Cindy blur. Saigon, 2017

To make art instantly, for free (with a digital camera), and to find more beauty and joy in living.

Photography as dancing

Cindy. Saigon, 2017
Cindy dancing with flower in our hotel lobby. Saigon, 2017

When I make pictures with Cindy, we are dancing together. She moves her body, and so do I. We move in sync, and don’t step on each other’s toes. We make visual tunes and visual music together.

I’m a picture MAKER, not a picture “taker.”

Why? I collaborate with Cindy and others to make pictures together. It is a team effort.

Cindy creator. Hands, reflection, flash, elevator, Saigon.
Cindy holding up her arms. Photo of a flash in front of elevator, Saigon 2017

Why make Pictures?

Contact sheet of Cindy in mirror in our hotel room. Saigon, 2017.
Contact sheet of Cindy in mirror in our hotel room. Saigon, 2017.

Make pictures to make art.

Make pictures to have fun.

Make pictures to find appreciation and joy in life.

Contact sheet of Cindy fashion shoot. Saigon, 2017
Contact sheet of Cindy fashion shoot. Saigon, 2017

You’re going to die. Never forget: PHOTOGRAPHY MEMENTO MORI.

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