Free E-Book: On Being an Artist and Photographer

on being a photographer and artist cover

Dear streettogs, I am excited to share that I have a new free e-book to share with you guys: “On Being an Artist and Photographer“. The chapters include:

  • Chapter 1: How to Succeed and Survive as an Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 2: The Role of the Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 3: How to Express Yourself as an Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 4: How to Have a Creative and Flexible Mind as an Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 5: How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone in Art and Photography
  • Chapter 6: How to Be Self-Compassionate as an Artist and Photographer
  • Chapter 7: Conclusion

This free e-book is a compilation of all of the previous blog posts I’ve been writing on the book: “Akademie x Lessons in Art and Life“. I know the blog posts are a bit difficult to download and access, so I put them together in an easy-to-access free download file.

Free download:

This book is “open source” meaning you are free to distribute, edit, change, remix, or share this with your friends (freely and openly). Enjoy:

  • PDF
  • Google Doc (please help me edit this text with your suggestions).

If you want to read the full e-book on this blog, “read more”. You can also save the book to “Pocket” and “Instapaper“.

Other free e-books:

Here are some other free e-books on street photography you might enjoy:

  1. Street Photography 101: An Introduction to Street Photography” (translation into Portuguese here)
  2. The Street Photography Project Manual
  3. “31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography
  4. The Social Media Blackbook for Photographers
  5. Letters from a Street Photographer
  6. Street Photography Aphorisms, Heuristics, and Sayings

How to Have a Creative and Flexible Mind as an Artist and Photographer

Toronto, 2015
Toronto, 2015
Toronto, 2015

Continuing my series on “Akademie x Lessons in Art and Life”, I thoroughly enjoyed an essay titled: “Me and Marcuse” by Michelle Grabner. She exposed me to a lot of new ideas that I want to explore below on the following topics: what art is for, the importance of filtering images, undoing and re-doing your world-constructs, and the importance of learning:

How to Express Yourself as an Artist and Photographer

NYC, 2014
NYC, 2014
NYC, 2014

Continuing the lessons I’ve learned from “Akademie x Lessons in Art + Life”, I want to share some thoughts I’ve learned from Carol Bove, one and the artists and “tutors” from the book.

Carol expresses ideas on self-expression, what work means to her, time and information management, as well as uncensoring and finding yourself. I hope you enjoy these ideas:

How to Succeed and Survive as a Photographer and Artist

Istanbul, 2014
Istanbul, 2014
Istanbul, 2014

I am currently reading: “Akademie x Lessons in Art + Life”, which is probably one of the most inspirational art/life books I’ve picked up as of late. It is a beautifully printed and bound book, folding open like a school instructional manual.

I personally never went to art school. I entered college as a Biology major (to become a doctor like a good Asian kid), but upon going into school (and realizing I hated science and math), I switched to the exact opposite: sociology.

Jacob Patterson Street Portraits

Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take three

My full-series of Jacob Patterson, a Los Angeles based artist who specializes in graffiti, shoes, and street art. A truly amazing and inspirational artist and person. I look forward in collaborating with him more in the future.

I got in contact with Jacob, and he gave me a tour of the “ThinkTank” in Downtown Los Angeles, an art warehouse he is currently building up with fellow artists. We talked, chilled, grabbed a burrito (thanks Jacob!) and I told him that I would snap him a few photos before he left. This is the product of literally 5-10 minutes of shooting.

Check out his sites:

YouTube – TumblrTwitter

Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take four
Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take one.
Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take five
Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take two.
Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take three
Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take three.
Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take two
Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take four.
Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take five
Jacob Patterson, Artist. Take five. "Shock 9000"