LifeShare

We share our cars (Uber, Lyft), we share our homes (Airbnb)— why not share our lives with others? For example more co-op communal living with friends, borrowing one another’s cars, going grocery shopping for others, sharing points with one another. Isn’t this a far more fun, effective and meaningful way to live?

Photograph Your Family

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Family photography– one of the most under-rated genres and approaches in photography.

And yes, to photograph your family is legitimate. And disregard the notion:

If I want to be regarded as a ‘serious’ photographer, I cannot shoot my own family members.

Note the success of photographer Sally Mann and her family photos. Your family is art.

EXTREME DIFFERENTIATION

To make a name for yourself, it is simple:

Strive to become as extremely different from others as possible.

For example, the success of CYBERTRUCK. Or having an extreme vision.

It is impossible to stand out if you’re just a clone or an iteration of other things and people. Thus it seems that ‘creative isolation‘ is quite useful, and seek more inspiration from the classics and the past, than the modern and trendy.

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Never stop shooting:

Motivation

If you’ve hit “photographer’s block” or need some motivation, read these articles below:

Motivational Videos

Sociology of Comparison

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This means:

No matter what, everything in society, life, money, things, happiness and stuff is ALWAYS in comparison to others socially.

SOCIOLOGY by KIM

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  1. Mimetic Desires
  2. Interest in Humans or Objects?
  3. Social Stochastic Resonance
  4. How to Live Bravely in Today’s Brave New World and Society
  5. Arousal
  6. Is Humanity on the Decline?
  7. Social Innovations
  8. Society *Shouldn’t* Be Fair
  9. Why Society Doesn’t Want Free Thinkers and Free Livers
  10. Our New Soft Society
  11. HARD SOCIETY

Sociological Theory


Photography and Sociology

Being Different for the Sake of Being Different?

Typically my pride has been:

I do not want to be like anyone else.

My pride —

Not to wear the same things others wore, not to rock the same brands others rocked, and to sort of become an ‘elitist’ through minimalism, simplicity, and just following my own zenstoic mind.

Certainly this is a partly vain pursuit — you always compare your uniqueness in comparison to others. But my realization:

No matter how much we would like to think, we are social creatures (sociology of comparison) which means — we will inevitably ALWAYS compare everything when it comes to social matters.

So what are we to do about this? I say just accept it, and perhaps do simple things:

  1. Drive a different car for the sake of driving a different car
  2. Use a different phone from others for the sake of it
  3. Use different tools, apps, and productivity apps for the sake of it
  4. With clothes, shoes, and fashion matters– despise having the same brands, outfits, or concepts as others (strive for extreme differentiation here).
  5. With music, art works, and other aesthetic matters — seek inspiration from the past, or from the obscure which you love.

PHILOSOPHY by KIM

Philosophical Essays

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Personal Philosophy »

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Zen Philosophy »

Life Lessons »

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The Photographer as Creator

You’re not just a photographer– you’re a creator. When you make photos, you create *BEYOND* yourself. This means:

You take embodied reality, and make something new, fuller, and more interesting with your photos!

MASTER MOTIVATION

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Seek to supersede yourself and become more:

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Indifference to Pain or Suffering

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In life, we will experience much pain and suffering. What is the best way to approach this?

Know it is part of the game — and become more indifferent towards your personal pain and suffering, and the only time to address it is in order to *NOT* keep yourself in a disadvantageous situation.

For example, let us say you are in an abusive relationship. You will experience much pain and suffering. The smart thing — channel the pain and suffering as an intelligent signal to *GET OUT* of that relationship, no matter what. But once you’re out of the relationship and you think about the past pain and suffering, rather than feel bitter resentment (like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies) — best to just feel indifferent towards your past suffering.

What has happened has happened and the only intelligent thing to do is move forward.

Work through the pain, and fix the pain.

Let us say you get an injury– whether physical or mental. Then the goal:

Figure out what your injury is, and figure out how to ‘rehab’ it — via active physical therapy or mental therapy.

For example if you get some sort of injuries in your joints– figure out how to do active therapy (yoga, stretching, and active dynamic strengthening exercises), and then —

After rehab, you will become *STRONGER* than you were before the injury.

Like Nietzsche said:

What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.

In our words:

That which has injured me or hurt me in the past can be a positive stimulus to help me focus on becoming *STRONGER* than I was before the injury!

ERIC

Fun Experience

We like to test drive cars which are fun to drive. Why not also cameras which are a fun experience to shoot?

Then perhaps in life— seek for fun and engaging and thrilling experiences over the “best” ones.

Then some other thoughts: what is the most fun shoe to wear, or the shoe that allows you to have the most fun experiences? Optimizing your life or fun experiences perhaps will help you live a more interesting, fulfilling life, and to become more.

Create *BEYOND* Yourself

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Dear friend,

Upon much deep thought and philosophizing — I think I got it figured out when it comes to artistic and creative matters:

Create BEYOND yourself.

What does this mean? This means:

Our lives are limited and short … and thus … the goal of life is to augment ourselves in order to create beyond ourselves.

For example with materialistic matters– there is only so much equipment and gear we need. Once we have the ‘best’ tools for artistic creation… then what? It isn’t to enjoy these things for the sake of it. It is channeling and harnessing these tools in order to create things. To share things. To publish things.

This is the great upside of online publishing (especially to your own self-hosted blog or website). No gate-keepers. Nobody stopping you but you.

How to create and share beyond yourself today:

  1. Create your own website/blog. Easiest is wordpress.com, then next is wordpress.org (self-hosted website blog on bluehost.com).
  2. Once you have your own website blog, publish fearlessly.
  3. Realize that everything is a work in progress. This means publish BEFORE things are ready. We seem to be fascinated by rough drafts from famous writers, or even sketches of famous painters (the working sketches BEFORE the final product). Thus think — one day future scholars will find fascination with you sharing your works in publish.
  4. Just make it ‘80% good enough‘ and hit publish. This means to ‘satisfice‘ (satisfy + suffice) the ‘minimum viable’ concept.
  5. The more you publish, the more creative and fearless you will become.

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Publish Fearlessly

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What can we control? Our courage. What else can we control? How fearlessly to publish. The only ‘failure’ in life is to fail to publish something because you’re afraid of negative feedback from others.

MAKE DOPE THINGS AND SHARE THEM WITH THE WORLD!

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My personal impetus behind HAPTIC INDUSTRIES and everything I create here:

To create awesome, epic, and hugely practical things (which have been of huge use to me) and sharing them with others — knowing that there will be a small group of people who will also find it hugely useful, practical and life-enhancing and life-invigorating!

For example, being a photographer– creating the ideal and perfect tools *I* wish I had access to. Creating what I desire to see manifested in the embodied world.

For example, ERIC KIM PHOTOGRAPHER’S WALLET — my obsession with creating the perfect wallet for myself and all photographers.

With almost all design decisions — design for yourself. Like the new HENRI NECK STRAP Crimson Red Underbelly for the Mahogany Brown color — I just thought:

If I made the inside of the neck pad red– that would look super gangsta.

Morale of the story:

Create things *BEYOND* yourself– things you desire to see manifested in the world.

ERIC KIM

AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TOLERATE.

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How much coffee should you drink? How much should you workout? How much should you create, do, explore, travel and challenge yourself? My thought:

As much as your body, mind and soul can tolerate.

Entrepreneurship by KIM

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Become the change which you desire to see manifested in the world!

Become you.

  1. Speed is Paramount
  2. TAKE IT BACK TO THE BEGINNING.
  3. A Life With No Risk Taking is *NOT* a Life Worth Living
  4. Dissatisfaction is Good
  5. GREATER STRENGTH, GREATER CHALLENGES.
  6. In Praise of the New
  7. Uncorrupted Desires
  8. You Cannot Fake Passion
  9. SELF-OVERGOING
  10. FORM YOURSELF.
  11. Personal Entrepreneurship
  12. RELENTLESS.
  13. PUT YOUR NAME ON IT.
  14. A Life of Expansion
  15. SELF-ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  16. YOU ARE THE EXCEPTION.
  17. Use Your Life as an Experiment to Self-Develop Yourself to Heights Never Seen Before
  18. Invest in New Developments
  19. Investing Towards What End?
  20. The 90%/10% Principle in Entrepreneurship
  21. Speed Wins
  22. The Philosophy of Happiness
  23. When to Over-Estimate, When to Under-Estimate?
  24. Never Stop Iterating
  25. Money as a Tool for Life and Artistic Experimentation
  26. Less But More Premium
  27. Mainstream vs Low-Key Success
  28. Why Dissatisfaction is Good
  29. SEEK YOUR OWN PERSONAL MAXIMAL BENEFIT INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING
  30. Manifest Your Destiny
  31. Is it Best to *Not* Communicate Your Inner Thoughts or Ideas With Others?
  32. CREATE THINGS YOU WISH TO SEE MANIFESTED IN THE WORLD
  33. How to Do More Work
  34. CONTROL.
  35. Competition is for Losers
  36. Change.
  37. Your Competitive Advantage with Insanely Fast Wifi and High Speed Internet
  38. Pseudo Individualism
  39. Natural Internal Promoting vs External Promptings

Think for Yourself.

  1. Survival vs Thrivival
  2. Become Rich
  3. SECRETS.
  4. Why it is Better to Beg for Forgiveness than Ask for Permission
  5. Thinking About the Past Prevents You From Thinking About the Future
  6. How to Predict the Future
  7. Tools of Mass Distraction
  8. So What?

FREEDOM


Never stop innovating: “Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Photography Entrepreneurship“.


Entrepreneurship Mindset


Put a Dent in the Universe.

On Becoming an Arts Photographer

When it comes to photography, there seems to be two types of photography:

  1. The first type of photography is more factual and depictual, which is photographing your car parking spot, or photographing your receipts for an expense report.
  2. Then the other category is arts creation, in which we use the camera as an artistic tool and medium, to create artworks. Us as photographers, our goal is to create art works with our photography.

Thus, don’t photograph things as they are, rather, photograph things as you feel them and experience them (personal photography).

PHOTOLOSOPHY

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Let Your Curiosity Drive Your Photography

The photographer Garry Winogrand one said, “I photograph to see what the world looks photographed.”

Perhaps the same philosophy in our photography is good, that is, to photograph things truly because we are curious how it will turn out. This childlike curiosity as the primum mobile, or the first motivator to our photography.

MASTER MOTIVATION

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Seek to supersede yourself and become more:

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The Simplest Creative Workflow

Simpler is better and more productive. The more you can simplify and streamline your workflow, with creative artistic matters, means more output and creative flourishing. Perhaps the more streamlined and simpler artistic lifestyle, and artistic techniques, the happier and more fully realized we can and will become.

For example, using iPhone as a creative tool not phone. Procreate, Zen Brush 2, and other arts creation applications. Or blogging from the phone — another creativity productivity hack.

Also with videos, when integrating it on your blog, best to just make it auto play on mute and loop.

Or not concerning yourself with formatting blog posts and making things look pretty. Rather, focusing on just creating it, writing it and sharing it and publishing it and getting it out there.

I’ve also discovered that voice dictation on the iPhone is one of the quickest and most effective ways to write, far faster than texting with your two thumbs. In other words, the data output of voices and speech is at least 100x compared to that of typing on your thumbs. Also, our voices and out lungs and our throats are stronger than the carpal tunnel in our thumbs.

The Art of Creativity

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Re-discover your inner-child like PICASSO:

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MAXIMUM STREAMLINE.

The more you can simplify and streamline your life process, the better.

The best fashion as highly functional and streamlined. For example, the benefit of merino wool — streamlined living (the best material irregardless of weather conditions). Or military requirement being forest green — shows the least amount of dirt and grime when it gets dirty in the field.

Or with packing and putting away clothes — not to seek the “best” setup or the most “minimal” (often making things more minimal actually makes things more complicated)— just do what is easiest and most streamlined (often the best solution after moving is just quickly and efficiently stuffing things into drawers).

The upside of wearing the same all black outfit everyday (Steve Jobs, Mark Z idea)— streamline the clothes to maximize the artistic and creative output.

Or espresso over pour overs — far faster and more streamlined to make a good coffee in the morning.

Or the upside of having less square footage in your home — more streamlined process to find and get stuff and do stuff.

Also with creative workflow (one camera, one lens, preferably and uninterchangeable lens) to streamline your creative process and output.

High range electric cars — no need for frictionful oil changes or car maintenance stuff. If you have a charger at home, less time for gas station pit stops.

Or perhaps the upside of wearing crocs or flip-flops or sandals, the ability for you to leave the house without putting on cumbersome socks or having to tie shoes.

Or the upside of just working out with the kettlebell at home. The ultimate streamlined workout without having to leave the house or enter into a gym.

SUPREME SIMPLICITY.

We are seeking the supreme simplicity in life, design and aesthetics. But once you achieve supreme simplicity in all domains in your life … then what?

Then the next goal:

Create *BEYOND* yourself.

Zen Aesthetics

Not seeking the “best” aesthetic, but the most zen one. The aesthetic which affords you the most peace, calm, quiet and strong stoic tranquility in order to *NOT* think about the design and aesthetic. The best design as the one you never even have to think about! Via negativa aesthetics.

AS DARK AS POSSIBLE (ADAP)

Our photographic aesthetic Dionysian ideal. Perhaps also more tragedy in cinema, art as a superior form of beauty and storytelling.

The Philosophy of Aesthetics

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The Philosophy of Aesthetics

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