Why I love colors, textures, shapes, and forms as visual and life stimulus:[Read more…] about Visual Stimuli
Perhaps the most effective way we learn is via imitation.
And with art, the best way to learn is via practice and play (via imitation!)[Read more…] about Why Study the Artists Who Have Come Before You?
To me, chaos is the ultimate stimulation. The chaos of public places, the chaos of dancing in a mosh pit, the chaos of the streets— this is when I have the opportunity to exercise my faculties and strengths.[Read more…] about Why I Thrive in Chaos
When should we fly solo, and when should we fly together?[Read more…] about Eagles Fly Solo
A simple goal in our artistic lives:
Never stop creating new art works, pieces, essays, projects, and concepts!
- Never stop shooting photos
- Never stop writing essays, blog posts, poems, books
- Never stop drawing, painting, sculpting, designing, and building
- Never stop building your personal strength and muscles
- Never stop making music, and never stop dancing
- Never stop being born anew (everyday as a blank slate, tabula rasa) — if you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying (Bob Dylan)
It seems self-evident that composition in photography is essential. But why?[Read more…] about Why Composition?
Ignore the past, present and future
You’re in a class of all your own.
It seems as a society we have deemed hoarding (physical things) as a bad thing. But what about hoarding digital things? Shouldn’t we also propose a more minimalist approach to our digital lives?[Read more…] about Digital Minimalism
What if we made our body the priority, not our “mind”?
Would this make us happier, more powerful, more excited, more inspired, more motivated, and more epic?
I think so.[Read more…] about Body Above All
Do you desire to become formed, or do you desire to do the forming?[Read more…] about Form, or Be Formed?
Don’t miss out the upcoming SF StreetFoto International Street Photography Festival — to hype it up, here is an interview with Ken Walton, the founder and visionary:[Read more…] about Interview with Ken Walton, Founder of SF StreetFoto International Festival
[Read more…] about Why Own a Standalone Digital Camera?
Nowadays with the great image quality with phone cameras, what is the purpose of a “standalone” digital camera — which is often bulkier, heavier, and less convenient to use?
Is there an upside to deleting our files and photos, instead of just backing everything up?[Read more…] about Don’t Backup; Delete!
A simple way to feel happier, more empowered, and more epic in life:
Whenever possible, create things instead of simply purchasing or consuming them.
For example, it is cooler and more fun to restore an old school car and make it look dope, than to just buy the newest sports car.
More fun to take a busted old iPhone and replace the parts (new screen, home button, battery) than to buy the newest iPhone.
Or for Android, more fun to jailbreak/root it and install a new custom OS/rom than to buy the newest Android device.
Or for clothing, don’t buy designer clothes– design and thrift your own clothes!
For art, better to make your own artwork than to collect the artwork of others.
Instead of purchasing your ideal lifestyle or following others, better to follow no one and to simply follow yourself, and design your own ideal lifestyle for yourself.
I think what is essential is a shift in thinking:
A shift from thinking “I want to buy that”(consumer mindset) to “I want to build, design, or create something like that of my own”(creator mindset).
Make your own things and bespoke your own life.
A simple guide to simplify your shooting, processing, and sharing photographic workflow:[Read more…] about How to Make Your Photographic Life Simpler and Easier for Yourself
To “decide” as meaning cutting away superfluous options. Easiest way to decide to do something is what to decide NOT to do.[Read more…] about How to Decide
If you’re hungry to take your street photography to the next level, I cordially invite you to my Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography in BERLIN, September 14-15th, 2019.[Read more…] about BERLIN / Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography Workshop (September 14-15, 2019)
Piet Mondrian is one of my favorite artists and thinkers/philosophers.[Read more…] about 10 Philosophical Lessons Piet Mondrian Has Taught Me About Art
The most ripe area for photographic innovation: discovering new compositions for your photographic artwork.[Read more…] about Stand Out with Your Composition, Not Camera
Great photo compositions are dynamic, motivate you to move, have a dynamic balance/harmony of proportions in the frame, and simple+elegant.[Read more…] about What Makes a Great Photography Composition?
A game: something which is fun, done for the sake of it. A child as playing, as building sandcastles by the beach, to only have it be washed away by the ocean (Heraclitus), yet not feeling “sad” that the artwork is impermanent.[Read more…] about Creating Art as a Game
I was on Google Photos today, looking at all these old photos from the past. Old friends, old loves, etc — and it was kind of a strange experience.
Here are all these people I haven’t thought about in years, or perhaps even a decade — but with unlimited free cloud storage for photos/videos— social media and these tools resurface old memories from the past.
Now my question is this:
Is this feeling of nostalgia bad? Does thinking of the past (or resurfacing it) hold us back?
I think so.[Read more…] about The Beauty of Forgetting
Why have status symbols?
We all know what status symbols are (fancy clothes, expensive cars, fancy watches, etc)— but my question is this:
Why have status symbols? Why publicly display totems of “success” to others?
Why signal your status-level to others?[Read more…] about Status Symbols
Muda: Japanese concept of superfluous waste (comes from the Toyota lean manufacturing concept).[Read more…] about Muda
Experiments with Xiaomi 9 SE with “night sight” camera mode during the day.[Read more…] about Night Sight During the Day
Simple tips to get you going!
A simple way to live life:
[Read more…] about Never Stop Challenging Yourself
Never stop challenging yourself — always strive to become stronger, become deeper, become harder, more profound, with greater challenges and tasks which interest you!
Listen to your body more than your mind
More wisdom in the body than the mind.[Read more…] about The Body is King
My thought —
The ultimate end or apex activity is for us to make art!
And the ultimate state for us to achieve is to become a hybrid of both philosopher AND artist.[Read more…] about The Apex of Human Activity is to Make Art!
Let’s think beyond —
[Read more…] about Beyond the Single Image: In Praise of Collages
More fun with image collages — the greater joy seeing sets of images with a dynamic balance of consistency and variety.