Monthly Archives: September 2015

What is Your Dream?

About a month ago I conducted a workshop. During the question and answer session, there was a member in the crowd who asked me the question: “What is your dream?”   I stopped, paused, and contemplated that question for a second. I had never been given that question. It was so simple and straightforward, yet elegant and to the point.   I responded to her (her name was Anne and runs an amazing foundation for children and dreams) and said something along the lines of:   "My dream is to make the most accessible, open-source, high quality online school for photography."   I intend to achieve this.   Crimson    ...

Disregard Differences, Notice Similarities

I’m still afflicted with GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I want new crap all the time. I’m always dissatisfied with the technology I have (smartphone, tablet, laptop, camera, espresso machine) as well as my car, clothes, standard of living, quality of my food, etc.   What causes this constant treadmill of dissatisfaction?   There is a disease that Nassim Taleb calls “neomania” in his book, Antifragile. It’s probably my favourite modern book (I’ve re read it about 5 times, cover to cover). The concept of neomania is that we love the new for the sake of the new.   For example, whenever the new iPhone comes out, everyone instantly becomes dissatisfied with their old iPhone, and want the newest and greatest. And they forget how happy they were when they bought their “old” iPhone, and how slick...

Searching for the Maximum

My friend, Jay Patel is an enabler. He has one of the most comprehensive photography book collections out of all my friends and he always inspires me with his wide breadth of knowledge on photography.   In the evening we were hanging out and watching “Chef’s Table” — a series on Netflix about chefs and their success stories. Most of them started from humble backgrounds, worked their way to the top and I saw that a lot of their success came from the fact that at a certain point, they didn’t give a flying hoot about what others thought about their food. They started to only make food that made them happy rather than trying to make food that pleased a large audience.   Jay showed me a book by great landscape photographer, Ken...

The Long Road

It has been an interesting road to learning the art of photography. I used to think every scene had a good image; you just had to find where it was hiding. I now laugh at this as images are created. Whilst the element of good lighting in the outdoors can come down to chance, this is no use unless you know how to take advantage of that opportunity. I prefer the idea of controlling our own destiny and making our own images of the world from our own perspective. We interpret our own environment in a unique way.   Dreaming    ...