You’re a visual artist. You love the visual. Photography is just your core competency and passion, but all visual arts are good visual arts!Continue reading “How to Evolve as a Photographer Visual Artist”
Continue reading “Photography *IS* Philosophy”
You express much via your photography in terms of what you consider beautiful and worthy to be shared!
What is our goal being photographers and visual artists? Simple; not to become a petty and small photographer, but to strive towards greatness, magnanimity, and to become a great photographer!Continue reading “How to Become a Great Photographer”
Everything is beautiful, if you look closely enough!Continue reading “FOOD MACRO VIDEO”
A thought I had while looking at this warmup video I made:
Wow, seeing this video in monochrome, high contrast, sporadically going in and out of focus seems very artistic.
To me, it was interesting because even though the videos were out of focus, it promoted focus meaning–
Continue reading “Black and White Promotes Focus”
The ambiguity of the shapes forced me (the viewer) to *actively INTERPRET* what was going on (using my brain power) in order to identify the human shape and form, and I found the whole thing to be very beautiful!
More squats, more thoughts:Continue reading “HOW I SQUAT”
How I warmup at the gym:Continue reading “How I Warmup”
We go to the gym to lift weights and get fit and exercise. Perhaps we should approach photography the same; the metaphorical gym for photography, replete with exercises, approaches, form and technique as well as programming and philosophy!Continue reading “PHOTO GYM”
We all seem to acknowledge the fact that fitness is essential to physical health. But why don’t we acknowledge the fact that photography is also essential to our creative health?
Why exposure compensation is so valuable:Continue reading “The Effect of Exposure on Our Photos”
It seems the reason I love coffee shops, the gym, the mall, the library etc is because they tend to be “public” spaces … often indoor, which creates a better sociological space where people and strangers can bump into one another and rub shoulders with one another?
In other words, I like being surrounded by other people, and strangers are hugely fascinating to me; friends and folks I have yet befriended! Perhaps this is also the root of our interest in street photography?
Also the reason I like living in apartment or condominium complexes is because I like seeing and interacting with other people?
Why do we typically join collectives or are interested in collectives? Perhaps because we lack the self belief that we alone … we as individuals can do, attempt and enact great change by ourselves!
In life, it seems what we are striving towards is this:
Continue reading “Wise vs Foolish”
To be less foolish in life when it comes to our pragmatic decision making, and to become more wise.
The grand master in chess (and perhaps in life) starts with the end-game, and works his/her way backwards:Continue reading “WHAT IS YOUR END-GAME IN LIFE?”
My #1 piece of advice for aspiring photographers:
Start your own self-hosted photography blog (via WordPress.org)
I see an uber-bright future for photographers and photography bloggers for the future — new unlimited heights of creative expression!Continue reading “Photography Blogs are Highly *UNDERRATED*”
Continue reading “PHOTO DISCOVERY”
What fun and interesting things can you discover about yourself or about reality through photography?
With work flow, and almost everything in life… strive to cut out the “middle man” or kinks in the pipe which prevent the directness of what you desire to do, or achieve.
For example, the upside of using the iPhone/iPad lightning to USB connector — to import photos from my Ricoh GR III — photos shot in small JPEG. Photos look great “out of the box” in the RICOH JPEG, and don’t require any further post processing! This is great then it simplifies and streamlines our workflow, because all you gotta do is shoot the photos in jpeg, import them to your device, then directly upload to your WordPress media library to quickly share!Continue reading “As Direct as Possible (ADAP)”
It seems evident that our de is nosire as photographer-artists is to make beautiful photos. But how do we achieve this? Some thoughts:Continue reading “How to Make Beautiful Photos”
Insight: when we perceive our personal growth and we see our self development augment itself, we are happy. When we see ourselves or perceive ourselves to be degenerating, we are unhappy.
Then the question:
What do we really want a a final end– happiness or self development?
Or are the two things like an interconnected flywheel and yin-yang; both powering the other?
Also perhaps when we perceive that we aren’t growing and developing ourselves into something further and beyond, we become frustrated and that frustration (unhappiness) becomes the spur to motivate us to seek that happiness (self-growth and self-development?)
It is self development which we seek, and happiness is the means to that end!
Because when we witness and the self developmental growth becomes factual and true in our eyes, we get a spurt of happiness (serotonin, other hormones and bodily-brain chemicals). Thus in order to feel the happiness, we keep striving for more self growth.
So happiness is the drug which addicts us, and self growth and self development is the true goal and end into itself!
Our desire … to beautify ourselves. This is what drives our desire for fashionable clothes, hair cuts, cars, accessories, shoes, body building yoga and health fitness things, our diet and lifestyle, etc.Continue reading “The Desire to Beautify Ourselves”
Our desire as artists, or as individuals with very sensitive eyes and visual senses:
Continue reading “The Desire to Banish Ugliness from Our Eyes”
We hate the aesthetically ugly in shape, texture, and form … and we desire to banish ugliness from our eyes by either changing our environment (our homes, exterior and interior design, architecture, community, city, climate, and neighborhood).
Your photos will reveal your own personal politics and world view!Continue reading “Photos Are Political”
Technically we don’t get stronger *as* we lift the weight. When we successfully lift a new PR (personal record) in any of our lifts, it is just an acknowledgement of our pre-existing and innate (latent) stength.
Technically we become stronger when we’re eating more meat, and sleeping and recovering and building our muscles through this “post traumatic growth” period. The weight lifting is the trauma trigger to stimulate growth. The “resting” or “recovery” phase is when the real growth is happening. Thus the thought:
Let us remember it is the times when we are resting, recovering, eating, and consuming and sleeping when the “real” growth happens, not when we are just “forcing” ourselves to work more!
Active rest, leisure, and emptying your mind as taking more skill and discipline than just “forcing” yourself to work more!
What we delight in as photographers and visual artists: form!Continue reading “Forms in Photography”
Words of wisdom from homeboy Publilius Syrus on ‘planning’.Continue reading “THE GLADIATOR MAKES HIS PLANS ONCE HE ENTERS THE RING”
Some pragmatic tips and ideas on how to do a one rep max squat, with no silly belt, knee wraps, steroids, protein powder, pre-workout stuff, creatine, testosterone, crazy genetics etc:Continue reading “How to One Rep Max Squat”
Of course beyond the obvious cases (like booking flights, or perhaps some work-related things), strive to never schedule a day in advance. This means, with any of your personal, life, health, fitness, art, creativity things … attack every day, day by day as it comes!Continue reading “Never Schedule a Day in Advance”
Innovation: your external conditions will never be optimal or best. So given your sub-optimal life conditions right now, what are the levers or triggers you can enable in order to optimize your sub-optimal for the better?Continue reading “The Seed of Innovation”