ERIC KIM

ERIC KIM

By ERIC
Podcast on photography, philosophy, and entrepreneurship.
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Unlock Your Hidden Superpower
Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/4.-Unlock-Your-Hidden-Superpower.mp3 What are Your Hidden Powers? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/what-are-your-hidden-powers/
08:44
February 23, 2020
Share your perspective
PDF TEXT: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Share-Your-Perspective.pdf Ideas: No more censoring yourself. Better to be insanely and brutally honest than to water down your opinion. All of your perspectives are legitimate and worthy to be shared. All perspectives are equally legitimate, but the difference is rather: How many people can you get to listen to you and follow/obey you? Or better yet-- how convincing are you? --- Your perspective is irrefutable.  The great thing about having a unique perspective: Nobody can refute your perspective as being 'right' or 'wrong'. All perspectives are subjective -- the great liberating thought! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/your-perspective-is-irrefutable/
08:27
February 23, 2020
I WANNA BE ME!
PDF TEXT: Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/i-wanna-be-me/ I WANNA BE ME! Your goal in life, not to become anyone else, but become MORE YOU! 'I wanna be like Mike!' Do you remember those old-school commercials with Michael Jordan saying: "I wanna be like Mike." Why was this so catchy? First of all, it rhymed. Secondly, people wanted to BECOME Michael Jordan. He was the greatest athlete during his time, and everyone wanted to become more epic. Thus the notion was this: If you buy Michael Jordan sneakers, you can become MORE LIKE Michael Jordan. For example, if you wanted more dominance on the court, wearing "MJ's" would give you more of an edge. People obviously know that wearing a pair of sneakers won't magically turn you into Michael Jordan, but most people think is: It will augment my innate abilities to a new level. So the goal is with consumer purchases: We want to take ourselves to the next level. Why aren't we allowed to be ourselves? I wonder: Why are we encouraged to become OTHER PEOPLE, and not encouraged to become more of ourselves? My thought is this: In modern society, we are DISCOURAGED to become ourselves, because of the notion of 'original sin', and the notion that the only legitimate person to imitate is Jesus. In society we aspire towards messiah-figures. MJ was a messiah-figure in the realm of sports. Also, Christian morality says: Thou art a sinner and imperfect, and in order to gain eternal salvation in the afterlife, you must become LESS OF YOURSELF, and become more 'holy' and 'virtuous' (imitating Jesus Christ). Modern (American) society is weird and contradictory. This is the problem with American society: All the desiderata (things we should desire and aspire towards) is contradictory. For example, consider the ridiculous mis-mash of all these American notions: Individuality Consumerism Capitalism Utilitarianism Christian-morality Duty to one's family, country, nation, and community. I feel the reason why consumerism and capitalism has worked well is this: We all want to differentiate ourselves and gain ascendancy over other humans, but we are taught that we cannot do so without hurting the feelings of others (assuming we change our character and personality). Instead, the only 'safe' way to feel superior is to purchase certain things which augment our feeling of superiority. Be proud of yourself Our new virtues: Shameless self-promotion Self-aggrandizement Boastful pride Self-obsession Vanity In praise of (good conscience) bragging Perhaps these new virtues will elevate us to the next level! ERIC KIM
06:24
February 23, 2020
Unlock Your Hidden Superpower
What are Your Hidden Powers? What lies latent within you? What hidden powers do you have, that you haven't discovered yet, or let out yet? What is your hidden mutant power? When reading AKIRA, or thinking about X-MEN, the thought is this: How can we unlock or uncover hidden human super-powers -- and augment and grow it, to be used for 'the greater good'? What distracts us? The problem -- entertainment is being used as a sedative, rather than something to AUGMENT your powers and uncover your hidden powers. Perhaps if we are constantly being distracted or entertained to death, we lose our inner-signal (our hidden powers), because we are being drowned in noise. Thus the first Zen-Taoist notion is this: In order to uncover our hidden powers, we must let ourselves become empty, vacant, in order to let our inner-power and inner-signal to come out. What is effortless to you? A hidden power is this: What can you do insanely well, which doesn't feel like 'work'? For example, what seems easy to you which seems difficult for others? Don't fake humble. "I don't gotta fake humble just because your ass is insecure." - KENDRICK LAMAR If you know you're good at something, no need to fake humble. Humility is a vice. Humility denigrates us, humility lowers us. Don't "humble brag". Better to "vain-brag". If you think you're great; don't censor yourself. The reason we must become vain is this: To augment your hidden superpowers, you cannot talk down on yourself. We must not be ashamed of our gift. Instead, it is perhaps a good thing to boast about what we are good at-- in order to augment our self-confidence, in order to maximize our gift!
08:44
February 22, 2020
Why Black and White
Black and white simplifies and uncovers the hidden beauty. I love black and white because: Black and white SIMPLIFIES your compositions Black and white is challenging: A 'creative constraint' of monochrome is interesting because it begs the question, "How can you make an interesting image without adding the interest of color?" Black and white is simpler, more minimal -- which follows my personal aesthetics. Black and white is more open-ended for the viewer. It forces the viewer to use more of their own imagination to interpret the image, making the image more memorable! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/why-black-and-white/
07:55
February 22, 2020
Seek to Simplify Your Life to Maximize Your Creative Productivity
Simplify in order to augment your personal creative output.
08:50
February 22, 2020
Life is a Stream of Constantly Becoming
Anti-perfection in life. 
06:10
February 22, 2020
10X
Augment your strengths.
07:25
February 22, 2020
Personal Power
The best power? Not power over others– but power over yourself. To control yourself, and to exploit yourself and your inner-powers to the maximum.
13:21
February 22, 2020
Productivity for Personal Freedom
Why this cult of productivity? My theory-- we want to become more productive (in order to make more money), in order to gain our personal freedom in life. Blog: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/productivity-for-personal-freedom/
05:56
February 22, 2020
In Praise of Small File Sizes
Problems with big file sizes: Wasted time: More time to import, export photos, videos, and files. Internet speeds are still quite slow. Often more megapixels is WORSE image quality. More money — more money used on storage (offline) or online (cloud). Learn more > --- More megapixels, more problems: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2015/10/14/more-megapixels-more-problems/ Youtube Mp3 file: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/In-Praise-of-Small-File-Sizes.mp3
08:18
February 22, 2020
The Golden and Silver Rule of Ethics: Maximally Tolerant Society
Leave others alone; tolerate their behavior and way of living! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/the-golden-and-silver-rule-of-ethics-maximally-tolerant-society/ Mp4 video: https://videopress.com/v/wtTAllZn Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjyeHPimV2I
06:50
February 22, 2020
How to Become Yourself
The goal isn't to become someone else; the goal is for you to become more maximally you! Learn more> Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0TLVTEU-_U Video mp4 file download: https://videopress.com/v/ricfmI2x PDF TEXT: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/How-to-Become-Yourself-3.pdf
09:22
February 22, 2020
How to max out everyday
MAX OUT!!
03:52
February 20, 2020
The Body is Inspired, The Mind is Inspired #motivation
To discover more motivation in life, FIRST MOVE, then get inspired. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/the-body-is-inspired-the-mind-is-inspired-motivation/
05:50
February 20, 2020
The Art of Cross Pollination #creativity
Don't become a prisoner of a single genre! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/the-art-of-cross-pollination-creativity/
07:35
February 20, 2020
Selfish is not evil
Perhaps in order to maximize your altruism, you must also maximize your selfishness: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/selfish-is-not-evil/
10:00
February 20, 2020
Seek the Good Pain
Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Seek-the-Good-Pain.mp3 Philosophy by KIM: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/philosophy/
13:48
February 20, 2020
Why Do We Run out of Inspiration or Motivation in Photography
Striving for perfect is bad. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/anti-perfection/
12:26
February 20, 2020
WHY I LIVE
LEARN MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/18/why-i-live/ WHY I LIVE Why do I live? Why do I wakeup everyday? What pushes me? What drives me? Why do I do what I do, and why am I so excited to (continue) living? Excitement Several thoughts. First of all, excitement. I am excited for the day -- today. What I will do, what I will attempt, and what I will accomplish. And to be frank, I am not so concerned whether I achieve it or not, but I'm more curious about fulfilling my curiosity: CAN I do this-- am I strong enough? I then attempt it. If I fail, it ain't that big of a deal. I then simply know that I will continue to train, and continue to attempt! Because even success is a bit overrated. When I succeed, I'm always interested to go 'onto the next one'. Thus, success and failure are the same thing to me. What is more important: ATTEMPTING to go BEYOND. Helping empower others My morality and ethics are very simple: Treat others how I would like to have been treated when I was a kid. Or more simply: Treating others how I would like others to treat me. For example, I am sooooo grateful for all the adults who helped empower me as a child. And I wouldn't be where I am without their external help. Thus, I feel a duty and obligation to give back -- to empower other (ambitious) youngings who desire to become great. Helping others who were once in my boots But not just helping kids-- helping other adults. I remember when I felt disempowered, and I discovered a few things which have helped empower me. Thus my ethics are this: If I share an idea that can empower at least 1 other human being on planet earth, it is worth sharing. I know that what works for me doesn't work for everyone. However, if my idea, thought, or technique has even a .0001% chance of empowering another human being -- this thought and sentiment drives me to share! My ego I consider myself a great individual. I don't think there is another human being who has ever come who is similar to me. I don't consider myself the greatest human being who has ever lived, but I strive to become the greatest human being who has ever lived. Now this is a lofty goal. But it is a fun and lofty goal. It is something that gets me up in the morning. To fulfill my own vanity and ego, I push myself. For example, let me talk about my physical ego: Physical ego For my own ego, I wanted to prove to myself I could deadlift "4 plates" (405 pounds). I then strove hard to accomplish this goal, not because there is any truly practical purpose behind it. It was a pure vanity thing. I wanted to prove to myself my strength and my ability. And I achieved it. Now I am on the road to striving to deadlift 500 pounds. Also, I have extreme vanity and ego when it comes to my bodily physique and composition. I desire to have much muscle mass, and very little body fat. I am actually currently striving to become around 200+ pounds of (mostly) muscle, with minimal body fat. Now whether I will achieve this goal or not isn't that big of a deal to me-- but striving towards this goal is fun and interesting to me. CONCLUSION: Become all that you can be Perhaps the life goal I got is this: Within my very short lifetime, how much can I become? How much can I empower myself and others? Also: How high can I fly? What new discoveries can and will I discover? How strong can I become? What new contributions shall I make to humanity? ERIC KIM
12:58
February 18, 2020
The Path of the Greatest Resistance
Lifting weights is boring when the weight is too light. Lifting weights is only fun when it is challenging, difficult, but still "achievable". A thought: Is the best life in which you are seeking the MOST DIFFICULT and hard challenges, and striving with all your might to overcome those challenges? Read more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/17/the-path-of-maximal-resistance/
07:45
February 17, 2020
You are a Photographer
If you delight in making photos, you're a photographer!
06:23
February 17, 2020
MEMENTO MORI
You must die.
04:29
February 17, 2020
We Humans Like to Do Things
To be happier, do more of of what you love and care for: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/17/we-humans-want-to-do-things/
07:57
February 17, 2020
How to Live
How to Live The trillion dollar question: How should we live our lives? What is the best life? Let me share some honest thoughts: Only do what you want to do, don't do anything you don't want to do. No duty. You don't "need" to do anything. If we throw away morality and ethics, then we must stare truth and reality in the face: You construct your own meaning in life. There are no ultimate "purpose" to your life. There is no conscious afterlife. This life is your only life. We are lucky enough to live in a society in which there is enough specialized labor for everything. This means, you don't gotta do what you don't care for. For example, I don't need to grow my own food, nor do I need to slaughter my own meat. I don't care to live a lifestyle in which I must maintain things; I prefer a maximally maintenance-free lifestyle, in order for me to maximize my artistic production and creation. Archimedes lever "Give me a spot to stand, and I shall move the world!" - Archimedes The basic notion is this: Maximize your strength, and disregard your weaknesses. Most of us generally enjoy doing what we are good at. This means: If you keep doing what you are really good at (and you enjoy it), you will never get bored of it! Not only that, but by maximizing your strengths in life (and sharing this with others), you can maximize your impact on humanity. ERIC
09:42
February 16, 2020
Bloggers Shall Inherit the Earth
Youtube video: https://youtu.be/HIRcJ_aaY2w
07:51
February 16, 2020
How to Maximize Your Human Energy
Download PDF TEXT: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/How-to-Augment-Human-Energy.pdf Youtube video: https://youtu.be/a0fa78cQQHM --- It seems all of us want more energy to do more stuff. But what does this really mean? What is 'energy' from a physiological human-metabolism perspective? What does it mean to have "more energy", and can we augment our human energy? And even if we have more energy -- towards which ends do we desire to channel this energy into? Let me essay some of my thoughts: READ MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/16/how-to-augment-human-energy/
08:59
February 16, 2020
Why Feedback?
Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Why-Ask-for-Feedback.mp3 --- Why Feedback? When should we ask for feedback? When shouldn't we ask for feedback? Why do we ask for feedback, towards what end? Are you a newbie? First of all, my psychological thought: When we ask for feedback, we are signaling that we lack self-confidence in ourselves. When we ask for feedback, we acknowledge that the other person is smarter than us, or we perceive them as more knowledgeable or powerful than us. Do we not want to take responsibility for ourselves and actions? Another thought: When we ask others for feedback, we want someone to blame (if we end up screwing up or failing). Perhaps this is why companies hire consultants: If a company institutes a new policy, and the policy is bad, they are able to transfer liability to the consultant (easy to blame the consultant). Kind of like scapegoating. How much faith do you have in yourself? Consider a life in which you never asked for feedback. Can you still live a great life? Yes! Also -- one of the benefits of NOT asking for help or feedback: More interesting and unique self-experimentation (innovation). For example, I mostly ignored everything on the internet about powerlifting. I just do heavy singles and attempt new PR's (usually once a week). It is against all conventional wisdom in powerlifting, but it seems to have been working for me. Another thing -- intermittent fasting during the day, and not breaking my fast until later the day (after working out). I also have done all my powerlifting in a fasted state for almost the last 5 years, which is also seen as a "no-no" (we are indoctrinated with the notion that you must eat something BEFORE working out, but this is not true). So perhaps the benefit of NOT asking others for feedback is that you are more likely to discover NEW TRUTHS, which are contrary to conventional wisdom. When is it useful to ask for feedback? If you need new ideas, and a novel perspective. For example in photography, I wanted to know how to improve! I felt like I hit a wall in terms of self-improvement, and in order to take it to the NEXT LEVEL, I wanted to elicit the feedback from others. Much of this inspiration is what fueled arsbeta.com -- the desire to 'crowd-source' the 'wisdom of the crowds' to empower photographers from all around the planet. Essentially, creating a platform which I wish I had access to when I started photography. Conclusion You don't need to ask for feedback in order to improve. Don't ask for feedback if you just are looking for someone to blame if you fail. Ask for "tips" (suggestions) from others, but ultimately you decide whether to obey their feedback/ideas or not. You choose. If you feel like you're stuck in your growth, hit a plateau, and need an outside perspective, ask for feedback, suggestions, and help! GROW ON! ERIC
07:40
February 15, 2020
What is Your Supreme Life Task?
Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/What-is-Your-Supreme-Life-Task.mp3 Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/15/whats-your-supreme-life-task/
09:22
February 15, 2020
How to Make Money from Photography
10 Rich Tips How to Make Money from Photography: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/13/10-rich-tips-how-to-make-money-from-photography/ Download PDF TEXT: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/10-Rich-Tips-How-to-Make-Money-from-Photography.pdf Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/How-to-Make-Money-from-Photography.mp3
12:04
February 13, 2020
You're always in a state of becoming
Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Youre-always-in-a-state-of-becoming.mp3
06:48
February 13, 2020
You're a Photography Entrepreneur
How do you self-identify yourself? If you share your photos online, you're a photography entrepreneur. Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/13/youre-a-photography-entrepreneur/
07:52
February 13, 2020
Create What You Would Love to Consume
Youtube video Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Create-Things-You-Would-like-to-Consume.mp3 Read more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/13/create-what-you-would-love-to-consume/ --- Video download: https://videos.files.wordpress.com/C2tr4u14/create-things-you-would-like-to-consume_hd.mp4
11:45
February 13, 2020
Why street photography is supreme
Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/why-street-photography-is-supreme.mp3 Street Photography 101: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/street-photography-101/
10:17
February 12, 2020
Devote Your Life to Photography
What is the purpose of life? There isn't an 'ultimate' purpose of life that applies to everyone. But for us brave streettogs, this is my thought: The purpose of our lives is to devote ourselves to photography. Our goal: Use our entire lives, our entire power to make great photos, share great photos, innovate photography, discover new compositions, and push the genre and culture of photography forward! --- https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/12/it-was-all-ultimately-justified-even-for-one-great-photo/
07:50
February 12, 2020
In Praise of People
Towards a person-first approach, or a human-centric approach.
05:51
February 9, 2020
You are not the same.
Do you strive to become more similar to others, or more dissimilar to others? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/09/i-am-not-the-same/ YouTube: https://youtu.be/lPCLj0vu0bE
04:21
February 9, 2020
Publish is Pleasure
YOUTUBE VIDEO Publish is Pleasure (Download PDF TEXT) There is the common saying in academia "publish or perish". This is often seen in a negative light. But what if we flipped the notion upside down, and thought that publishing IS PLEASURE? Why is 'publish or perish' seen as such a bad notion? Nobody likes to publish against their own will. Perhaps the stress is also feeling like you must publish according to someone else's schedule, instead of being able to follow your own personal rhythm in publishing. To make public Studying the etymology of the word 'publish' is interesting, because it has to do with making something public for the public (the people). Therefore to publish something is simply to make something public. Blogging is publishing, because you make it public. If you write in a diary or journal, it isn't publishing, because it is personal to you. Why the pressure to publish? In academia, the 'publish or perish' notion is this: In order to secure your spot and tenure, you must make your research public, in order for the institution to justify your worth. Now academics always get stressed out about publishing. Why? They are soooo busy not only doing their original research, but serving on committees, teaching, preparing their courses, going to conferences, dealing with travel and logistics, etc. But something I'm curious about: Do academics really like publishing, or do they simply publish for the sake of getting a tenured position? Publish and perishing notions in blogging, social media, YouTube, etc. There are similar notions with internet publishing. The notion 'feed the beast' or 'upload or perish' seem to fit well here. But my thought is this: Much of social media is about FOMO (fear of missing out) or fear of being forgotten than actually the joy of publishing, sharing, and making things public. Not only that, but this horrible obsession with numbers, views, followers, etc. Numbers don't matter-- longevity, depth, profundity, and wisdom matter. Only publish if you get pleasure from it This is my thought: If you publish something which brings you pleasure, it is more likely to last. Why? To publish something which gives you pleasure is actually an indicator that you're doing something truly for the love of it, or that thing actually interests you. And generally things which interest you have a high likelihood of interesting others. Only publish what you care for Thus, my simple takeaway is this: Only publish what you care for. Also, publish and make public your thoughts or art-works which resonate with you. The more your artwork resonates with yourself, the more likely it is to resonate with others. ERIC
04:35
February 8, 2020
Archimedes' Lever: Exploit Your Strengths, Ignore Your Weaknesses
Where Should You Stand? “Give me but one firm spot on which to stand, and I will move the earth.” - Archimedes Youtube: https://youtu.be/kLCP0HfuROo Download mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Exploit-Your-Strengths-Ignore-Your-Weaknesses-Archimedes-Lever.mp3 --- Exploit your strengths, ignore your weaknesses. Allow yourself to become asymmetric; don't aim to become 'balanced'. Better to maximize your strengths, than to build upon your 'weaknesses'.
04:39
February 6, 2020
Practice is Pleasure
Never stop practicing. Practice is like it were your first time. Retain your child-like "beginner's mind". YouTube: https://youtu.be/U4Zc0yzxFe4 Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Practice-is-Pleasure.mp3 Have the mentality that there are MORE opportunities you have yet discovered. Don't let yourself become trapped by concepts, and certainly don't self-censor yourself (Political Correctness is bad). The aim isn't perfection When I write, it is pleasurable! When I lift weights, it is insanely fun! Photography and art-creation is endlessly fascinating to me. When we follow the ethos 'practice makes perfect', we end up getting suckered somewhere. Why? We aim for perfection; we don't do the practice for the sake of it. 'Practice is pleasure' is better as a notion. It keeps us motivated to practice, because the practice in itself is fun! ERIC
02:13
February 6, 2020
Develop Yourself
What is one of the noblest goals you can have in life? Simple: Focus on your own personal development. Read more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/06/develop-yourself/ Watch YouTube: https://youtu.be/XwNHoihQau0
03:20
February 6, 2020
Solo Entrepreneurship
Pursue entrepreneurship for your own personal and selfish aims. Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/04/solo-entrepreneurship/ Download PDF TEXT: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Solo-Entrepreneurship.pdf Mp3 Download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Solo-Entrepreneurship.mp3 YouTube link: https://youtu.be/NZ2pPPpwXrM
04:07
February 4, 2020
Dylan Fan Interview: Leica M-E (M9) Review and Being a Young Street Photographer
Leica M-E 220: Honest Thoughts and Ricoh GR Temptations (on Dylan's new channel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlbdmO96kqo& See Dylan's Website: https://www.dylanfanphoto.com Dylan Fan's email: Dylan2000leap@gmail.com
19:53
February 4, 2020
All of existence is justified for even one great photograph
A thought: all of existence can be justified even with one great photo. Also— an entire trip or experience can be justified for even one great photo. Same goes with [x] amount of money spent on an experience, spent on equipment and gear, travels, etc. MP3 FILE Read more
03:57
January 30, 2020
Never Stop Gaining!
Mp3 download link > The principle to life: never stop striving to gain more! For example: 1. Money isn’t for utility: It is simply a game to acquire more of it. Infinite gains in the gym, whether muscular mass gains (gaining weight in muscle), or gains in terms of powerlifting “one rep max”. 2. Never stop augmenting your ego: You must continue to build your ego, self confidence, and self focus. The ego can never be too large. 3. Never stop innovation: Innovation as life augmented. The goal is infinite gains for life. 4. Never stop accumulating, assimilating, appropriating. 5. Never stop expanding and becoming more. More philosophy: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/philosophy/
03:18
January 28, 2020
Via Negativa Travel
Via Negativa Traveling Inspired by Nassim Taleb, a thought about travel: Before traveling, don't stress so much on what to bring, but focus and think deeply on what NOT to bring! Also: When traveling, decide what you DON'T care to do, or what you don't want to do. When talking to locals, instead of asking them 'what to do", ask them: "What touristy and stupid things should I NOT do?" When packing for your trip, decide what NOT to bring, what NOT to pack, what devices NOT to bring. Treat travel as an opportunity for 'simulated poverty' (Seneca's idea). For example -- are you brave enough to leave your phone at home? Or your iPad? Or your laptop? Treat it like a fun game -- intentionally UNDER-PACK for your trip! What are you traveling for? I think: Traveling is a good way to SUBTRACT the internet, SUBTRACT your worries from back home, and SUBTRACT all the silly noise back home. Wifi-less travel For example I am about to leave tomorrow to Cuba for a week, and will not have access to the internet (this is what I am the most excited for). I wonder: A week without internet? What will I do, and NOT do? What camera equipment NOT to bring Another thought: Figure out what superfluous camera equipment to leave at home. For this trip (one week in Cuba, two weeks in Mexico City), I am only bringing RICOH GR III. Insanely lightweight is the goal This is what I have learned from my decade+ of travel: When in doubt, throw it out. 99% of the things we think we 'need' in travel is superfluous. Furthermore, if we truly see travel as a road to adventure, having LESS makes things more interesting. Treat it like a fun 'creative constraint': See how little you can pack for your trip. Minimum viable travel What is the minimum viable amount of stuff you can bring for your trip, without any serious downside? Let this be your guiding force! ERIC
04:33
January 1, 2020
When in Doubt, Don't Buy Anything
The goal ain't to buy stuff for the sake of it, instead, to increase our artistic productivity and fruitfulness! Learn more >
06:23
December 31, 2019
How to Live a Happier and More Epic Life: Embark on More Photography Adventures
I don’t believe in an ultimate purpose in life, but I can certainly say that embarking on more photo adventures makes life so much more fun, interesting, exciting, and worth it! Learn more >
05:41
December 28, 2019
A Risker Life is a Better Life
What is the best life? The life with maximal fun, experimentation, and seeing the limits of yourself. Where I get my confidence from >
10:37
December 24, 2019
Why Purpose in Life is Overrated
Meditations on 'Meaning' in Life
08:48
December 15, 2019
Strive to Make More Powerful and Dynamic Photos in Photography - In Praise of Ultra Wide Angle Lenses
The wider the better! More Dynamic Photos, More Powerful Photos!
07:42
December 15, 2019
Don't Tie Your Ego to Any One Thing.
The danger of investing all of your ego into just one identity or thing: If your passion, enthusiasm, or you change -- you're fucked. Read more >
02:23
December 13, 2019
Photography 300 Years from Now
Think longer term in your photography.
05:32
December 11, 2019
Minimum Viable Philosophy
Probably one of the best ideas which have come out of Silicon Valley is the notion of the “MVP” (minimum viable product). I am not sure who first coined the phrase, but my guess it is Ryan from BackYard Brew in Palo Alto. Anyways the extrapolation I have is this: What if we applied a ‘minimum viable’ design philosophy, or thinking philosophy, or life philosophy to everything? Some examples: Learn more >
08:26
December 6, 2019
Why Be Unique?
To be unique is to be unabashedly you: Learn more >
03:33
December 3, 2019
You're the End-Game
You’re the End Product. You’re the End! What if we should direct all of our powers to elevate ourselves? Learn more >
07:37
November 30, 2019
Share Your Perspective
It doesn’t matter how “good” or “bad” you are in photography. The point is to share YOUR personal perspective! Learn more >
05:55
November 30, 2019
My Thoughts on Success in Photography
Success as a photographer means to never stop shooting new photos! If we use this as our definition for photography and art, then perhaps Henri Cartier-Bresson wasn’t a successful photographer (he gave up photography), and we can consider Richard AVEDON (died while on assignment) and Josef Koudelka (in his 80s and still traveling and making new photos) as highly successful.
03:33
November 27, 2019
Intermittent Living
A combination of living nomadically (and being rooted) as the optimal lifestyle. 
07:00
November 18, 2019
Better Bad Photo than No Photos
When in doubt, shoot 'bad' photos!
04:25
November 17, 2019
Random Photo Thoughts
Thoughts on composition, emotion, and mood in photography. Learn more on Eric Kim BLOG >
01:47
November 7, 2019
There's No Right or Wrong Way to Shoot Street Photography
Let us assume we will shoot photos until we die at age 120. Certainly we will evolve, and shoot MANY DIFFERENT STYLES in photography and street photography.  Read more >
04:21
November 5, 2019
Why Instagram is Bad for Humanity
Why Instagram is bad for your self-esteem, your creativity, your mental well-being-being, your focus, and generally — bad for humanity. Learn more >
07:20
October 31, 2019
iPhone Pro the Ultimate Productivity Device?
Thoughts on the desire for a "perfect" and "ultimate" productivity device: What do we really want? I think: Something ultralight, always with you. Something to increase your ability to produce more creative things. To have a device which makes you feel more powerful. But the question is: Can iPhone (or any device) do this for us?
03:35
October 23, 2019
My experiences intermittent fasting, ketogenic diet, powerlifting, art, photography, and life.
Practical life thoughts (chat with Annette Kim).
23:39
October 12, 2019
Physiology, Art, and Photography
To re-spark your passion for art and photography, focus on your body and physiology.
06:18
October 11, 2019
Don’t seek to be understood in your photography or life
Being understood is overrated; being misunderstood is far more interesting!
05:57
October 10, 2019
PLAY THE LONG GAME: Fight for what you believe in!
Live as if today were your last day on planet earth (MEMENTO MORI), but also live as if your day (today) will be put on repeat for infinity (ETERNAL RETURN). Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2019/08/27/play-the-long-game/
04:14
August 27, 2019
True Happiness is Striving for More
A thought while at the gym today: True happiness is the striving for more. Once you got the thing, you aren’t “happy” anymore. Happiness is the joy of overcoming difficulties, challenges, the joy of battling an obstacle/opponent. This means: Never stop striving for more. Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2019/08/05/true-happiness-is-the-striving-for-more/
02:06
August 5, 2019
JUST SHARE IT.
When in doubt, just share it. Even if there is a 1% chance you can help someone else, it is worth sharing! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2019/07/23/just-share-it/
02:38
August 5, 2019
Interview with Cindy Nguyen x HAPTIC PRESS Books
HAPTIC INDUSTRIES: http://hapticindustries.com
26:33
August 3, 2019
Anti-Satisfaction in Life
What if NOT being satisfied in life was the secret to happiness? Read more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2019/08/02/how-to-never-become-satisfied-in-life/
04:03
August 3, 2019
Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for Entrepreneurship
One of the best silicon-valley thought concepts is the idea of the ‘MVP’ (minimum viable product). It is anti-perfection. It is PRO-quick iteration, and just getting it out there! I think if we all lived more ‘MVP’-minded, we would be more creatively productive, confident, and happier! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2019/07/24/minimum-viable-product-mvp-for-entrepreneurship/ http://ARSBETA.COM - The Anti-Social Social Media for Photographers
03:43
July 24, 2019
Why Instagram is Bad for Photographers
If you desire to thrive as a photographer, #deleteinstagram and join ARSBETA.COM instead. Why do you make photos? “What you rappers rap for?” – Kanye West First of all, ask yourself: Why do you make photos? I feel the best reason to make photos is to express yourself creatively and artistically. Or more specifically,  To ‘flex’ your artistic power. To share this artwork with others. Anti-Metrics This is the problem with Instagram:  You start to quantify your progress and value based on the number of likes and followers you have. I personally believe that your progress as a photographer/visual-artist should be based on your own inner-metrics. Your own ‘inner scorecard’ (as Warren Buffet calls it). The basic idea is that we should NOT use social media (Facebook/Instagram) as a tool to judge ourselves.  No. If you want honest feedback and constructive critique on your photos, arsbeta.com is the solution. Learn more here: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2019/07/22/why-instagram-is-bad-for-photographers/
03:22
July 23, 2019
If You're Not Busy Growing, You're Busy Dying
Life is about growth. Our passion is photography and visual arts. How can we optimize our own artistic growth in photography and beyond? Growth: Becoming stronger, becoming bigger, become more powerful, becoming taller, extending your reach. It seems that life operates on this growth principle.  What is the opposite of growth? Degeneration. Getting smaller. Getting weaker. Becoming more meek. Why grow? It seems there is no other option! How to grow To grow as a photographer and visual artist: To continue to make new photos, to gain influence, to evolve in your philosophy of aesthetics, to dig your creative roots deeper, to become more multifarious. Learn more : https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2019/07/23/if-youre-not-busy-growing-youre-busy-dying/
04:21
July 23, 2019
Why Give More?
A difficult question to answer: Why give more? First of all, it seems that the more we give, the more we receive in return. Now, the purpose of us giving isn't to receive. We give out of super-abundance. However it does seem that the logical *consequence* of us giving much is us receiving much. Thus, don't give in order to receive. Give because you want to share your inner-dopeness with others! And keep giving without exhaustion. And as a consequence of continually giving, you will receive more. And the more you receive, the more you can continue to give! Read more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2019/07/22/why-give-more/
02:30
July 22, 2019
Toy or Tool?
Let us invest our money into creative tools which can actually empower and enable us to create more artwork!
06:23
July 22, 2019
Entrepreneurship born from Superabundance, not Need/Necessity
“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Is this statement really true? What if the opposite were true: Abundance is the mother of invention. Let me explore these ideas with you. Are you creating this thing because you need money, or because you don’t need money? One of my best epiphanies in life when living in Vietnam: Wow, I will never starve to death.  And furthermore: I am earning money quicker than I can spend it. Thus, I will never become broke. Thus, I can take any entrepreneurial risks in my life!
03:10
July 22, 2019
Living life in airplane mode
My personal lessons living offline
03:50
July 20, 2019