The new Foundation is out and it’s insanely great. A thought — perhaps the riches and mass wealth of Apple is justified to bring this beautiful masterpiece into existence.
Never work out when you’re tired, just get more sleep and rest. Spend longer time for rest and recovery, and only work out when you have accumulated excess strength.
Or another words, don’t get back to working out right after the birth of your child. Just focus on extreme sleep and recovery.[Read more…] about A THEORY ON WORKING OUT
What is the best marker of success? How many “haters” you got, as opposed to followers. Why? The more despised someone is, the more enigmatic and interesting they are.[Read more…] about BETTER TO BECOME MORE DESPISED THAN LIKED.
Building upon this notion of play, my thought —
We as photographers are essentially over-grown children.
There is no pragmatic or ‘practical’ use of photography, especially when it comes to artistic matters. Thus, don’t think about the economics of photography too much. Instead, think of your art and photography as a form of play and creative self-expression:[Read more…] about PHOTOGRAPHY IS OUR PLAY.
We should play more for the sake of playing, and avoid games.
Another thought: there is a great difference between playing, and playing a game. A child who is playing is actively learning and exploring the world. A game is structured rules created by some foreign entity, and it’s designed to trap you rather than liberate you.
In today’s pandemic world, it seems that digital art is the answer.[Read more…] about DIGITAL ART
It is the year of 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has reached havoc all across the globe. Nations are becoming more isolationist. Travel is usually restricted. Seems like the plot of a accurate dystopic future.
As a sociologist, I always wondered what future society would look like. My practical take away is that rather than waiting for this society to come, we are the ones who are going to build and fashion it.
For me, this is the most exciting time to be alive. Especially the most exciting time to raise a child. When we are relatively isolated, what new innovations could happen?[Read more…] about A NEW SOCIETY.
Luxury goods are good because of longer longevity. Less consumption. Fewer things, higher quality.
Ironically I think the solution to less waste is more luxury, fewer goods.
Why deny others are different?
You’re not allowed to be different in a different way. You can only be different in the same way. Put inside a box.[Read more…] about Different?
An entrepreneurial guide —
For success, create your own products.
For example, would you rather buy NIKE shoes or aspire to create and design your own shoes? (Kanye and YEEZY). Creating your own personal name brand (your first and last name) as superior to becoming a brand slave to others.
Or, would you rather buy a Lamborghini, or design your own hypercar?
Also, perhaps more interesting to aspire to design your own ideal camera than to just become a Leica follower.
Similar — Elon Musk was into cars (after he sold PayPal he bought a McLaren). Yet more interesting to innovate with Tesla instead.
Is the goal for us to make timeless photos? perhaps not. Why not? Because once you’ve made a timeless photo, what motivation or need do you have to keep making new photos?[Read more…] about Timeless Photos
What are we lacking the most in contemporary life? Pride. Pride in our self, pride in our creations, pride in our children, and pride in our own personal philosophy.[Read more…] about PRIDE.
Another turbo thought: perhaps in life you should only pursue your great desires, rather than the lukewarm ones. How do you differentiate the both? Simple: just be insanely honest with yourself. You will naturally gravitate towards your strong and great desires, and the goal is to avoid your lukewarm and “meh” desires.
This is what I think: your strong desires are the ones which naturally arise within yourself. The lukewarm desires or the desires which are implanted in you by society.
I believe this is our ultimate goal in photography: that is, to thrive as photographers, and to thrive in photography.
A world and where we see more opportunity then see obstructions. Where we see it as all good, all photographicable, and everything interesting. Just like a child.[Read more…] about PHOTOGRAPHIC THRIVING.
What is the difference between superficial Egoism, and deep and genuine egoism?
Superficial egoism is the ego you get from purchasing goods. Where are you define yourself based on brand names you adorn.
Genuine egoism comes from your own personal self assessment of yourself. The type of egoism which comes through your accomplishments, your personal bodily physique, your strength, your courage, and your fearlessness.
Thus, it is important that we extricate the notion that ego and egoism is bad. Only superficial Egoism is bad, and deep and true and genuine egoism is good.
A thought on my mind: perhaps durability is overrated and something we don’t even care for. Yet durability is the new excuse for us to buy some thing, only to discard it and upgrade to something new.[Read more…] about Is Durability Overrated?
Simply put, RICOH GR III is the supreme street photography camera, superior to all Leica cameras, superior to all Fujifilm cameras, and also superior to all iPhone cameras and film cameras.
Why?[Read more…] about WHY RICOH GR III IS THE BEST STREET PHOTOGRAPHY CAMERA
In today’s world, what is the most epic type of photographer-artist we can become? A street photographer.[Read more…] about WHY BECOME A STREET PHOTOGRAPHER?
Dropbox is really the killer app. And they keep improving it![Read more…] about Why I Love Dropbox
In order to promote my new and upcoming LEARN FROM THE MASTERS ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (Dec 11, 2021), I wanted to use this as an opportunity to reflect on my own photographic journey, and what I have personally learned from the masters of photography, and hopefully what you can learn too:[Read more…] about What I’ve Learned from the Masters of Photography
December 11, 2021: Learn from the masters of street photography online workshop. Your personal ‘smart-cut’ to distill the lessons of photography from the great masters of the past. Consider this your opportunity to soak in all the past photographic wisdom, and the chance for you to become your own master in street photography:[Read more…] about Learn From the Masters Online Photography Workshop (December 11, 2021)
Contrary to what others may say, to seek DISCLARITY in your photography makes your photos far more interesting. Disdain of detail, and the artistic will to simplification is good.[Read more…] about DISCLARITY
Kyoto as the most aesthetically beautiful and interesting city in the world, for food, photography, architecture, design, and culture:[Read more…] about KYOTO STREET PHOTOGRAPHY ERIC KIM
Pure creative output. No obstructions. This is what we seek as artists.
What this also means is thinking that perfection in art is a silly idea. The more you create, the better. Seeking perfection is not efficient nor optimal.
What is happiness? Simply a reflection of our strength. That is, as we feel our strength ascending, we feel happy. Thus it isn’t happiness that we seek, but more strength.
The best art? Your own life.[Read more…] about YOUR LIFE IS ART.
[Read more…] about Disdain or Admiration?
Perhaps life is too short to disdain. We optimistic thinkers should only admire.
A thought: is it possible for me to shoot 1 billion photos before I die?
If so, how can I do this?[Read more…] about A BILLION PHOTOS
To be stubborn and to be a late adopter — to wait, the great procrastination and only get things waaaaay later than everyone else.[Read more…] about THE UPSIDE OF BEING A LATE ADOPTER
Advice I wish I had access to:[Read more…] about ERIC KIM TOP 5 STREET PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
Contrary to what others may say, I don’t think you should always be reading books. In fact, to over-read books is bad. If you always are reading, your own inner thoughts will be crowded out by the material you read in books.
I say the best time to read is when you’ve already exhausted all of your creative ideas, and you need to recharge yourself — let your creative side grow a bit fallow, and then use reading as a tool to re-stimulate your own thoughts.
Best to NOT read first thing in the morning. Mornings should be reserved for creation, which means when you first wake up don’t allow yourself to be attacked by outside and foreign stimuli. No reading or checking your phone first thing in the morning. Do your artistic creation first thing in the morning, after your morning coffee, for the freshest and most insightful thoughts and ideas.[Read more…] about When Should I Read?