While legislation to set a standard “8 hour workday” was good to prevent workers from being exploited to have to work 14+ hour workdays, if also seems to have been a huge detriment, making it the standard to work at least 8 hours a day (not less).[Read more…] about Anti 8 Hour Workday
Epiphany while studying Robert Capa:
[Read more…] about Shoot Outside the Box
Think about life OUTSIDE the box while you’re shooting and framing photos.
I used to be very shy, and no longer am.
How did I become less shy? And how has this helped me in my personal, photographic, and entrepreneurial life?[Read more…] about How to Become Less Shy
If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.[Read more…] about Robert Capa Photography Composition Studies
The genius of Robert Capa:
Making his subjects more epic, grand, and larger than life.
How? Physical proximity. Getting super close, and shooting from a low angle (while being close to the ground).[Read more…] about Make Your Subjects Larger than Life!
Action and reaction. Do what’s interesting not taxing. Rather than beach relaxing, be out waxing poetic and levitate higher.
Act even when you feel tired, and strive for a life which is epic, not tired.
Retirement is death, unless you let it propel you forward. Higher and above — black winged dove.
What drives our consumerist desires and wants?
[Read more…] about When we’re dissatisfied with our possessions, we’re dissatisfied of ourselves
Boredom and dissatisfaction of ourselves.
How much of the frame should we fill in photography? What percentage, ratios, and proportions?[Read more…] about Composition Proportions
One philosophical notion from Taoism I find absolutely fascinating— that of “wu wei”— which means “action without action”, or “effortless action”. Here is what I think it means and how I apply it to my own life:[Read more…] about Wu Wei Taoist Philosophy: Action Without Action
Where do my ideas come from? My brain, body, and muscles. My mind is simply an external manifestation of my body.[Read more…] about Why I Love My Body
Gas stations — currently a mainstay, but perhaps will eventually be made redundant with electric cars, etc.
Thus, perhaps right now it is a good opportunity to pursue a photography project of gas stations! These will one day become a relic of the past:[Read more…] about Photography Project Idea: Gas Stations
Simple ideas:[Read more…] about Things to Photograph
Strive to become a great individual, instead of trying to start a movement or join a movement:[Read more…] about Movements Don’t Last, Individuals Do.
Why is it that Leonardo da Vinci was so fascinated with human anatomy, nature, and all of reality?
Because he was BOTH a scientist and artist. Perhaps we shouldn’t separate the both. It is one in the same.[Read more…] about The Photographer as Both Scientist AND Artist
I don’t think anyone has really given a great effort in trying to create a philosophy of composition — especially in photography.
Here we go:[Read more…] about Philosophy of Composition
A realization and new goal in photography:
[Read more…] about More Dynamic Photos, More Powerful Photos!
Never stop striving to make MORE dynamic and MORE powerful photos!
Lesson: Do more of what you love doing, do less of what you hate doing.
What does it mean to have a “meaningful” life, or a life full of meaning?
Some thoughts:[Read more…] about Meditations on ‘Meaning’ in Life
Why does my 4 year old niece prefer to shoot with a point and shoot camera instead of a phone?
Perhaps because of the tactile shutter button? Or superior ergonomics?[Read more…] about How do Kids Photograph?
Uber small, always with me, super close macro ability, phenomenal dynamic range, the most sublime JPEG for high contrast monochrome, even smaller than Ricoh GR II (more pocketable), and convenience of charging USB-C (same as my MacBook pro charger).
Long story short:
Buy RICOH GR III.
To edit your photos means to select and choose the photos you love and which are meaningful to you.[Read more…] about How to Edit Your Photos
Photography is truly magical — it has the power to transform our reality into something more surreal, beautiful, simple, and elegant.[Read more…] about The Magic of Photography
A new goal:
[Read more…] about Is striving for more happiness or joy a distraction in life?
Wisdom for wisdom sake, knowledge for knowledge sake, and virtue for virtue sake.
A thought while getting acupuncture (a new great source of creative ideas):
Style in art is highly overrated.
Let me explain:[Read more…] about Why Style is Overrated in Photography
The danger of investing all of your ego into just one identity or thing:
[Read more…] about Don’t Tie Your Ego to Any One Thing.
If your passion, enthusiasm, or you change — you’re fucked.
[Read more…] about Blogging as Augmented Thinking
The biggest benefit of blogging — it gives you a chance to think, flesh out your thoughts. Essentially blogging is augmented thinking.
Focus on physical and mental self-development, and track your physical and mental gains.[Read more…] about How to Gain Pleasure in Yourself
The most empowering feeling in the world:
[Read more…] about The Empowering Feeling of Failure
To attempt something truly epic, and then fail– and realizing that the failure wasn’t so bad or scary!
When it comes to physical fitness, we talk much about “recovery”–the days you don’t lift in order to become stronger.
My thought: instead of calling it “recovery”, better to call it “augmentation”.[Read more…] about Recovery vs Augmentation
[Read more…] about If It Ain’t Broken, Don’t Upgrade It.
Perhaps when we are always trying to “over-optimize” and “improve”, we are actually becoming LESS productive, MORE distracted, and less effective.
The goal is to make beautiful photos. But why? And what constitutes a ‘beautiful’ photo?
Let us essay some of these ideas:[Read more…] about Beautiful Photography
The purpose of photography:
To express our joy of being alive and of society and reality.
Also, for us to spark joy into the lives of others — those who look at our photos and experience our joy in our images.[Read more…] about The Joyful Photography