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.
In life you have the power to dictate your own purpose in life. Your own higher purpose in life. A purpose so high and mighty that you are willing to forgo everything else.
Assuming you don’t believe in a (conscious) afterlife, and think that life is devoid of inherent meaning (nihilism) then this is the greatest thought:
No guilt or fear from *NOT* living a ‘normal’ life, and being able to eschew all societal norms and ‘rules’ in order to pursue your higher purpose in life!
In other words:
- You can safely ignore all societal norms and rules, because you have decided for yourself that your higher purpose in life far surpasses the importance of conforming to normal social rules.
- There is no ‘punishment’ or ‘eternal damnation’ in the afterlife … thus, all your actions and responsibilities are your own!
ERIC[Read more…] about What is Your Higher Purpose in Life?
When to expend your strength, when to conserve your strength?[Read more…] about Conserve Your Strength Towards What Ends?
Refuse to do anything, or participate in any type of activities which rob you of your peace, tranquility, flow of thoughts, and mental zen:[Read more…] about PROTECT YOUR MINDSPACE.
[Read more…] about What New Photo Adventures Await You?
As spring is in full bloom, ask yourself — “What new photo adventures await me?”
What do we desire the most?
To design our life in such a way which elevates our mode of existence and living to a newer, more epic height.
If story telling in your street photography is your goal, some thoughts for you:
How will your passion for street photography manifest? Some thoughts:[Read more…] about Street Photography Towards What Ends?
Finally a long time after my life experiences (the last decade+) I’ve realized this:
With any design objects, tools, things, phones, laptops, cameras, clothes, homes, etc … it will never fully satisfy you.
There are objects, things, tools, equipment and lifestyle which are superior than other things, and I believe there are some things which are ‘perfect‘ (like the iPhone Mini, RICOH GR III, iPad Pro, 13” MacBook Air, Outlier.NYC Black Merino Wool T-Shirt, minimalist luxury apartments, etc), but let this be known to you:
These perfect things (while they do exist) will never fully satisfy you.
Then what is the game? Is the game to simply accumulate, acquire, and hunt for these perfect things? No. The hunt of life is this:
Seek the tools, objects, foods, helpers, equipment, and lifestyle which best maximizes your physical and physiological vigor, motivation and creative inspiration … and then focus all your power and strength into your artistic and creative production!
ERIC[Read more…] about IT WILL NEVER SATISFY YOU.
Low-key photos are photos that skew towards the dark end and the darker side. The opposite of ‘high key’ photography (very bright photos).
Low-key photos are more dramatic, dark, and mysterious. I say that a low-key photograph is around 80% dark, and 20% bright (80% black, 20% white).
The benefits of low-key photos:[Read more…] about Low-Key Photography