Processing your photos as a creative and artistic act — it is an artistic thing that you do![Read more…] about The Art of Post Processing
What’s the most important thing to design, designate, control, modify and transfigure in existence? Your life!
What does this include? This includes where you live, in which neighborhood you live, the type of apartment or home you live in (the size, the concept, the design aesthetics etc). And the most important thing — figure out the #1 thing you’re trying to optimize for. For your health? Your photography and creative inspiration and motivation? What?[Read more…] about Life Design
Thinking more about the philosophy of decision making, specifically around photography — ask yourself:
With this certain life decision … how will it affect my photography? Which decision is most optimal and best for my artistic and photographic creativity and photographic productive output?
- Extreme restfulness: Ability to sleep (no insomnia), to sleep deeply, and to wake up excited, well rested and pumped to take on and seize the day!
- To always have some sort of questions or thoughts on your mind — creative pursuits still lingering and things you’re still curious about.
- Excitement and enthusiasm for the day, and to continue living — the desire to live forever in order to forever be pursuing interesting creative ideas on you!
My critique of much of modern design:
It is focused on the nostalgia of the past and retrospective because it is “cool” and sells, rather than the substance of it.
For example, there is no reason why modern digital cameras need to look like old school rangefinders. There is no more film cartridge or 35mm cassette which requires it. Also in a world of great autofocus, manual focusing is more about the romanticism than the practicality. In this way, RICOH GR as superior to Leica M cameras in almost all regards.
Same with car design — the delight in the flush nose and front end of the new Tesla cars because a radiator is no longer needed! So with design ask yourself:
Is this design facing forward for the better, or facing backwards and the past for the worse?
It seems the millennial trend is to *NOT* have kids, or to desire to *NOT* have children.
But I can say (as a millennial, or ‘Generation Y’ kid, born in 1988) that having children is one of the most blessed things you can do, experience and witness in life:[Read more…] about In Praise of Having Children
‘Carte Blanche’ — the phrase in French (blank slate, blank piece of paper).
Why is carte blanche so beautiful? When things are new, clean, pure, and un-tainted … then you can truly re-challenge yourself, re-innovate, and re-create yourself and the future (and past!)[Read more…] about Carte Blanche
This is something I think about a lot:
How to augment your life experiences, intensify them, make more sticky photos, and to live a more artistically productive life?[Read more…] about The Philosophy of Photography and Life Experiences
For me the primary reason to make photos:
I have a poor memory, and when I look at my old photos, it resparks great joy in my heart and breast!
Perhaps then for us photographers, forgetfulness or having a poor memory is a great blessing in disguise!
Also perhaps our forgetfulness of our past memories and photos gives us motivation and reason to look back at our old photos and re-relish in them![Read more…] about Why Make Photos?
Do you remember your pure, uncorrupted desires when you were a kid, a teenager, high school student or naive and optimistic college student? Perhaps the best way forward in life is to stick to your pure uncorrupted desires and aesthetics/ethics as a kid, and use your adult resources and wisdom to advance!
Some thoughts and ideas:
When deciding to do x, y, z ask yourself:
Am I doing this as a means to strengthen myself or to weaken myself?
Also consider — whenever you do x, y, z, does it strengthen or weaken you?
All things that strengthen you is good, anything you do which weakens you is bad!
The philosophy of male beauty:
Is it possible for us humans to have desires which are not mimetic?
Or why the “panda” approach is best:[Read more…] about The Philosophy of Black and White
I cannot say for certain that great design uplifts, but I can certainly say that ugly design depresses us:[Read more…] about Depressing Design vs Uplifting Design
It seems many of us desire this pipe dream:
To discover the best design things, the best design objects, etc … and to ‘get them all’.
But towards what ends?[Read more…] about The Best Design Towards What Ends?
Which do you strive towards? For me — the artistic!
How to motivate your muscles? This is our artistic and creative inquiry:[Read more…] about Muscular Motivation
Great design — not about accuracy or precision. Instead, the visual impression it gives you:[Read more…] about Visual Impression
Building upon the notion of boredom:
Perhaps the solution is to figure out what to keep consistent, and what to make novel.
For example, consistency in your tools and equipment and car, and make the novelty having new adventures, making new art works, and new attempts.[Read more…] about CONSISTENCY x NOVELTY
A thought while looking at the new McLaren Artura hybrid super car:
Assuming you buy the best car which exists… how long before you bore of it?
Which makes me think more about boredom in general:
- Boredom of our devices, cars, cameras, tools, phones, laptops, etc
- Boredom of our home, city, neighborhood, etc
- Boredom of certain designs, clothes, fashions, etc
What is the meaning of being easily bored? And are there some virtues of being easily bored?[Read more…] about Easily Bored?
Or in other words, optimize your life in such a manner which causes you to live maximally brave and fearlessly.
This can mean own possessions which you’re not afraid to fuck up, break, scratch or dent. Having a phone you’re not worried about breaking and ruining is better … so you don’t need to baby it and fret over it! Same goes with your car — the worst car is the car in which you’re worried about getting pulled over, getting it keyed, scratched, stolen, etc. Incognito is best.
Why create? My thought:
[Read more…] about The Philosophy of Creativity
The supreme mode of existence in life is supreme prolificness, joy, and motivation with your creativity.
Why extremes are better:[Read more…] about Anti Medium and Moderate
A thought in a half awake state, which got me up this morning:
The joy of life is that there is no end.
For example, with consumer goods. Perhaps the ideal isn’t to strive to have a “perfect” device which you keep forever, and are forever satisfied and happy and pleased with it. Instead, to always “upcycle”your tools and things — ideally buying it used or refurbished, and either keeping it as long as you can (before your eventual upgrade), or perhaps the joy of just testing things out for your own personal interest and returning it later. Essentially not to get tied down by our things.
But anyways, the goal isn’t some end perfect homeostasis. The goal is to continue to journey on this beautiful and unpredictable life, strive to seek your own personal maximum growth, and to create art and share this life journey of yours with others via your blog, website and any other platform which can amplify your voice and creative vision!
ERIC[Read more…] about The Never-Ending Journey
Strive to position yourself in street photography in such a manner in which you enjoy street photography as an independent pursuit for yourself — to enjoy the process of going out and making photos, the joy of interacting with strangers, the joy of being on the streets, the joy of the chase, the chance encounters, the joy of reviewing your photos, selecting the best ones, and sharing your favorite ones.
The more of an independent approach you can take in your street photography, the happier you will be, the more self-motivated you will be (autotelic approach to street photography) and the more creatively prolific you will become![Read more…] about Towards a More Independent Street Photography Approach
A life with street photography is a better life. Why? My thoughts:[Read more…] about How Street Photography Improves Your Life
Life is too short for boring design. The best design increases your adrenaline, excites you, and motivates you to do more, aspire to create beautiful things, and to be grateful towards life and everything in-between.