GATTACA: one of the great films.[Read more…] about GATTACA Film Cinematography
Archives for May 2019
In life, perhaps we shouldn’t worry too much about external ‘success’, money, material things, etc– perhaps we are the happiest when we maximize our day to be artistically productive.[Read more…] about All I Care for is my Own Artistic Productivity
One of my favorite Nietzsche quotes:
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
But what does this mean– both philosophically and practically?[Read more…] about What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger
Why are aesthetics important in terms of art, design, our clothing, cars, devices, cameras, and more?[Read more…] about Why Aesthetics?
Perhaps we should think beyond photography — to create a hybrid between photography, painting, and any form of visual art-remixing.[Read more…] about Photography Hybrid
Some current thoughts I’m having on color theory:
- Why color? If you have the option between monochrome and color — why would you choose color?
- What if color is connected with physiological responses? For example the color red as being the color of lust, sex, danger — a woman (or man) with red lipstick or clothing as seen as more powerful, formidable, or sexual.
- Color combinations: Is there an “ideal”for color combinations? Are all color combinations socialized? Or is there some biological “truth” to more ‘desirable’ color combinations?
- Is if the role of the artist to imitate “natural” colors, or to totally disregard all nature, and create “unnatural” colors?
A thought while contemplating consumer culture in America:
We are often suckered into buying new things to “improve” our lives, but more often than not — these new things actually complicate and worsen our lives.
Thus my simple thought: perhaps with material things, tools and equipment — we should strive to simplify our lives, instead of complicating our life.[Read more…] about Does this Simplify or Complicate my Life?
When I’m studying the artwork of others, I’m always hungry for the sublime — art that is so sublimely beautiful, that the artwork feels effortless, and you can feel the grace, beauty, and power of the artist.[Read more…] about In Search of the Sublime
Of course we need a body to live and for practical and functional purposes. But in today’s world and society, what is the role of the body from a philosophical perspective?[Read more…] about What is the Point of the Body?
Just watched GATTACA for the first time — and it has a lot of interesting philosophical ideas about genetics, biological potential, and SURPASSING your “potential”(ingenuity, hustle, effort, luck).
Something I’ve been thinking about for a long time:
[Read more…] about Anti Romanticism
What if this “romantic” notion was a bad one — which leads to decay, decadence, and a decline in our human spirit and human ingenuity?
What if we changed our mindset — that instead of striving to make “timeless” art works, we sought to just create for the sake of it — and not concern ourselves with making things that “stand the test of time”?
As artists, we should embrace change, flux, and the transitoriness of life. Making art is our attempt of immortality — but it ain’t!
A recent discovery:
[Read more…] about Kettlebell Life Productivity Hack
The kettlebell is a wonderful life, art, productivity hack.
What do we really desire and “need”to thrive on our time on planet earth?
My idea so far:
[Read more…] about Art, Food, Humans
We desire art, food, and our fellow human beings.
Is it bad to be an “asshole”?
A thought while walking around today:
Why is it considered bad or “evil” to be an ‘asshole’?
Furthermore, what if it is necessary for us to be an “asshole” in order to do great things?[Read more…] about In Praise of Being an Asshole
If you’re hungry to conquer your fears in street photography, I cordially invite you to my intensive 1-day PORTLAND Conquer Your Fears Workshop (Saturday, October 19th, 2019).[Read more…] about PORTLAND: Conquer Your Fears in Street Photography Workshop (Saturday, October 19, 2019)
If you’re hungry to conquer your fears in street photography, I cordially invite you to my intensive 1-day BERLIN Conquer Your Fears Workshop (Saturday, September 7th, 2019).[Read more…] about BERLIN: Conquer Your Fears in Street Photography Workshop (Saturday, Sept 7, 2019)
Love the music video of Apeshit by Beyoncé and Jay Z:[Read more…] about APESHIT Cinematography by Beyoncé and JAY Z
A thought —
- What prevents us from creating?
- Is it “good” for us to create?
- What is the meaning or significance of us to create?
A simple thought in life:
[Read more…] about Inquire for Yourself
Never take the word from others — test it out for yourself, and dare to inquire for yourself, and come up with your own independent opinion!
Our modern vices: self-doubt, self-fear, hesitation. To me, these are all rooted from lack of faith in ourselves.[Read more…] about Why Gain Faith in Yourself?
- Everyday uninstall one app from your phone/laptop/tablet
- Be very very skeptical of ‘free’ social media platforms. Whenever possible, pay money for your digital tools (or pay monthly subscriptions).
- Ask yourself– what do you value more — your attention and focus/time? Or social validation?
- Be very aware of how social media algorithms are tweaking your behavior and thought patterns. Determine which platforms you decide are ‘worth it’, and which aren’t. Stop using the ones you find disempowering.
- If you want honest feedback on your photos and artwork, upload it to arsbeta.com and also contribute your feedback to everyone in the community!
Deconstruct anything in order to learn![Read more…] about Deconstruct
A simple yet profound question:
Of course there is the practical and functional purpose: we must think in order to eat, procure water, and not die of the cold.
But beyond our biological needs — what should we do with our brain-power and intellect?
My simple answer:
[Read more…] about Why Think?
To create new artworks, to deepen human wisdom and knowledge, and to use this information to empower our lives.
As I see my evolution unfold before me as a photographer– I am starting to think BEYOND single-images that get lots of likes on social media. Instead, I am very interested in this notion of creating image-collages — a visual tapestry of images.[Read more…] about How to Create a Photo Collage
Is it the sign of the strong to desire simplicity and strength?[Read more…] about The Will to Simplicity
A thought the other day:
As a biological being, we are very small. We don’t need much in terms of biological sustenance (food, water, coffee, warmth).
In other words — our basic needs (especially in modern society) is very very easy to obtain.
Which makes me wonder —
What is the best way for us to direct our human energy, intelligence, and power-metabolism while we’re still alive?
Apex: Make art!
It seems the best use of our human metabolism is to make artwork.
Well — when we are in the process and the flow of making artwork, we are personally happy and empowered. We get into a state of “flow”, which Mihalay C considers the “optimal state” of human experience.
Secondly, when we create art and share it with others, it empowers other human beings! If we can make artwork which inspires and motivates others, gives them more appreciation of life and beauty — we certainly help humanity move forth, evolve, and become something greater.
Thirdly, it seems the ultimate state to become isn’t rich, influential, etc — but simply for us as individuals to stay motivated, inspired, and EXCITED to create new art works! To fall into the Dionysian rapture of eternal creation — to keep making new art works until we die. I think this is 100x more important than wealth, accolades, or other forms of external success.
To me true success is:
Do you wakeup everyday excited about what you will make today?
Perhaps we can use this as a simple compass to live our lives.
Much of the beauty of artwork is from randomness
- Paint drips as a random/fractal-like-dispersion pattern. Paint drips are beautiful
- The beauty of the randomness of film grain dispersion in photographs.
- The joy of shooting with ‘film camera simulation’ phone apps like ‘CALLA CAM‘ for iPhone. The fun, joy, and excitement of NOT knowing what a photo will look like before you shoot it.
- The joy of shooting expired film– the random aesthetic effects of expired film are often beautiful.
- The joy of random beautiful light leaks with film cameras.
Much of composition is about proportions — the proportions of visual elements in an image.
For example below is two different compositions of the same scene and image:
Now the simple question:
Which composition is “better”?
Let’s break it down.
1. First photo
You can see this scene you have the two red rectangles equi-distant on the top of the frame.
Also the yellow is a nice diagonal divider in the middle of the frame.
The green shadow is effective, because it extends throughout the frame. I consider this a strong and dynamic composition.
2. Composition number two
Now the second composition, note the “eyes” in magenta are more in the top-left corner.
Furthermore, the overall composition is less “balanced” than the prior composition, because the second composition leans more towards the left:
So when looking at these two compositions (abstracted) — let me ask you:
Which composition do you think is “better”?
For myself I don’t think in composition there is an objectively superior composition. But these are my thoughts:
- The left composition is more balanced
- The right composition is more dynamic and off-kilter
- I prefer the left composition, as I prefer the blend of the balance and the dynamic elements. Also, I like how the composition feels more “head-on”.
More thoughts on composition to come!