The joy and zen of just looking, and looking around— this is my looking meditation in photography
To draw, sketch, trace, and analyze and deconstruct a design is more fun and interesting than buying it![Read more…] about Drawing vs Buying Design
One of the joys of shooting on iPhone Video — the ability to post process your videos after the fact easily!
Then the thought — perhaps the joy of the technology of photography and video is to reinterpret, transmute and *experience* reality differently!
Let your body self motivate itself … you don’t need your mind and “willpower” to motivate you.
Or in other words:
Never “force” yourself to do entering, to be “productive” or anything, unless your body self motivates itself to do anything!
Perhaps the notion of “discipline” is a bad American Utilitarian notion — effortless and elegant wu wei (Taoist) activity is superior!
A thought when photographing with my RICOH GR III [high contrast mode] of a (color) wedding photo I had on my refrigerator:
The joy of black and white is having the power to re-interpret and re-imagine reality around us!
Then perhaps what makes photos more artistic — when it is a *reinterpretation* and re-imagination of things … rather than photographing things as they are, but to inject a sort of surrealism or your own interpretation to them![Read more…] about Black and White to Reinterpret and Reimagine
A design thought:
Perhaps the interesting design aesthetic and trend is to make things more powerful and muscular, but in a smaller radius or footprint.
For example, this new breed of “crossover” or “compact SUV” cars. The Tesla Model Y, the Mercedes “coupe” SUV, similar offerings from Porsche (Macan), and BMW.
With devices like the iPhone Pro — the question:
How can we make this thing as powerful and strong as possible but in the smallest possible size and footprint?
iPhone Pro (smaller size) as probably the upper limit. And with human bodies, to become more muscular, without adding unnecessary body fat or size.
What are we truly hungry for in photography? To gain deeper wisdom about photography, art, aesthetics and ourselves and the world around us. To augment our photographic wisdom— this is the goal of studying the masters, studying art, studying ourselves and always philosophizing in photography and art!
“Up-up-up-upgrade complete” (Starcraft)
Is my clothing like my armor … something I want to upgrade, just as if life were an RPG?
Similarly speaking — it seems in modern day life, we desire to also upgrade our “weapons” (phones, laptops, tools, cars, watches, etc)— and there seems to be no end in sight. But towards what ends?[Read more…] about Where Does Our Desire to Upgrade Come From?
The joy and fun of photography— to attempt and make new creative and innovative compositions with 2 dimensional reality![Read more…] about Creative Compositions
What do we as artists joy and delight in? Shapes, forms, dynamic curves, lines, body, three dimensionality, proportions and shapes which inspire and provoke movement!
Or why focusing too much on goals and achievements in life is bad — it ends up being a hidden trap and dead end. The more robust way:
Always strive for more!
A random thought and realization when trolling the Lamborghini preowned website:
No aesthetic, no matter how good is forever.
For example, if you take a look at all these sweet Lamborghinis, eventually all the owners either got bored of it (or deep in debt)— and get rid of it. And this goes with all material things, equipment, cars, watches, cameras, clothes, shoes, etc — eventually we will bore and tire of it all.
So the question:
Given the fact that we will eventually bore and tire of all of our possessions, things and aesthetics … what should we do?
- Embrace black: Black is good because it is the most robust to boredom. Black is always in style. Even Henry Ford said black was the best color, and “You could have any color Model T… as long as it is black”.
- Don’t seek any satisfaction or joy in material things or tools. Just strive to procure things you *don’t hate*— rather than things you “love”.
- Stick to the classics. A classic thing, design, or aesthetic is less likely to go bad in the long run. In other words, seek inspiration from the past.
- Buy things cheap, used, refurbished. It seems we will eventually bore of all fashion, so perhaps in this way, buying ‘fast fashion’ is good. Or buy second-hand clothes from the thrift store, and when you’re bored of it, just trade it in again for something else. In Berlin they call it ‘up-cycling’. And knowing that the newest x, y, z is often overrated — just opt for a generation or so older (buy it used or refurbished). For example with Apple products, I always buy the best (one year old) laptop on the Apple refurbished site, or even the best iPhone (refurbished). Also in praise of buying cars, camera, and almost anything on Craigslist.
- Allow your personal tastes in aesthetics to evolve. Certainly you don’t want to follow the same fashion trends you did when you were a teenager. As adults, let the same happen!
- Avoid buying: When you buy stuff, you get trapped. Goes with possessions, cars, homes, etc. Better to rent, lease, or borrow or share. More optionality and freedom!
A thought on Tesla cars:
I personally love the aesthetic (clean, flush, minimalist) of Tesla cars, but my critique: the design of the cars and the design language is a bit boring and generic.
For example the Model S— the Plaid mode is undeniably cool. However it is very generic — a bit and pieces here of a Jaguar, Toyota Camry in size, and bulbous in shape.
The Model 3 is definitely an improvement — it seems more like a shark (front end of a Porsche 911) and the tail lights and end definitely is distinctly “Tesla”. The Model X with the falcon wings are very cool, but it is a bit too big. The Model Y is certainly a huge innovation (perfect hybrid between the Model 3 and Model X), but still … it seems a bit too plain for my tastes.
And even if you think about it, there’s not too much variety you can get in a Tesla. Most people will probably opt for the white package, or the “all black” aesthetic, or perhaps red to be a bit more bold (but even the red color paint job isn’t bold or bright enough). So the question:
Is it fine to just get a very good generic design that “just works”, or should we strive towards more extreme, unconventional aesthetics?
My thought for now:
Opt for extreme.
A thought on aesthetics:
What we are striving for is towards is an elite aesthetic — to look different, have a different taste (above the “vulgar masses”).
Furthermore to go even beyond a superficial elite aesthetic. For example, to me it seems too basic to buy an Audi car, a BMW, or even a Mercedes to “stunt” your aesthetic tastes. It is almost like the lazy way to spout “luxury” (equivalent to buying a Louis Vuitton bag). Even in some ways, buying a Porsche 911 is “too obvious” of a cool aesthetic (everyone already knows it is a cool car, and everyone already has one … so why do you gotta get it?)
Anyways with your design aesthetic, design choices, clothing, fashion, haircut, the way you present yourself — perhaps the desire is for us to differentiate ourselves even more from others, than to fit in.
What do we desire when it comes to motivation, travel, photography, street photography, music, arts and literature? To be moved! And more specifically — to harness the outside and internal stimuli in order for *us* to move more!
In today’s brave new pandemic world — the optimal strategy:
We must radically adapt to the now!
No future — only now.
Natural light as the ultimate luxury in a home.
Moving forward— if there is 1 thing you can prioritize and optimize for (above all else)— over bedroom size, location, street noise, cost, amenities, appliances, aesthetics etc — it is for natural light.
The best way to motivate yourself to workout:
Enjoy the movements.
Or only do workouts which you genuinely enjoy the movement for the sake of the movement.[Read more…] about ENJOY THE MOVEMENT.
It seems that many of us have been sitting around in eager anticipation for COVID to blow over, or perhaps the day that we (or everyone in America) becomes fully-vaccinated.
But it seems that will not be the case, nor will ever be the case. It seems COVID is the ‘new normal’, and rather than waiting for things to change, we must learn to radically adapt to the present moment, and figure out how we can thrive artistically, creatively and photographically right now; today.[Read more…] about How to Shoot Street Photography Right Now
If you desire to elevate your street photography skill and passion to the next level, I cordially invite you to my new and upcoming NEW YORK CITY Street Photography Masterworkshop (Saturday, June 19, 2021):[Read more…] about NEW YORK CITY: Street Photography Masterworkshop (Saturday June 19, 2021)
Life is too short for basic shit. Assuming there is no ultimate meaning in life (optimistic nihilism), then —
[Read more…] about Self-Task Yourself an Awesome Mission in Life
The best life is in which you task yourself an awesome and epic (self appointed) mission(s) in life.
No expectations. Enjoying the walk for the sake of the walk. The joy of all the natural wonders in the world. The joy of composing a scene, and the excitement to see how the scene will manifest as a photograph!
Photography as a zen, meditative practice.
I don’t have to love it .. just not hate it.
Why does this matter? Because in modern capitalist American society, we desire to always obtain things that we love. And thus our Sysiphian quest for “more more more, better better better, improved, more optimized, and more beautiful”.
But with all our design things, tools and objects (camera, phone, tablet, car, clothing, shoes, watches, accessories etc)— we don’t need to *love* it— just not hate it. In fact, can we truly love any design objects? I say no. **We can only love human beings.**
How do we make “better” photos, and what does this even mean?[Read more…] about BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY
The best life is in which your strength can meet the challenges you dictate for yourself in life![Read more…] about GREATER STRENGTH, GREATER CHALLENGES.