ERIC KIM

Why Travel? | Eric Kim

I wanted to write you this letter on traveling; my experiences globe-trotting around the world, my motivations, and things I have learned along the way: I remember when I was 18 years old, I never really had much of an interest to travel. I traveled a few times to Korea, but otherwise never left California (besides living in New York a few years when I was a kid). I think my first interest in traveling occurred when I started to get interested in photography. I was 18 years old, I got my first digital point-and-shoot Canon camera, and I went to Korea for a summer. I remember how much fun and excitement I had capturing images on this little device; how I was able to express myself creatively, capture moments of my daily life, and enjoy have fun along the way……

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Why Shoot Black and White? | Eric Kim

Black and white is where my heart and soul is. I feel that by shooting in black and white, I can better communicate and convey my emotions, thoughts, and feelings. I feel that black and white is less of an aesthetic, but more of a feeling. You don’t shoot black and white because it is more “artsy”. You shoot black and white because it better communicates how you feel. Colors blind the eye. I have experimented a lot shooting color. I first started off trying to shoot color because I started to get bored with black and white. I wanted more of a challenge. Color seemed to open up new avenues and opportunities…….

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28 Lessons I’ve Learned From Life | Eric Kim

I have a very vivid memory as a child: I was around 10-12 years old, and I was in the passenger seat of my mom’s car. We were driving around, got lost, and ended up in some shady neighborhood. My mom saw a guy on the side of the street, and pulled up to him and asked him for directions. At first, I told my mom, “No! Don’t ask that guy for directions, he looks like a thug! Black hoodie, baggy jeans, and he’s black! (as a child I was taught that African-Americans were to be feared). My mom slapped me silly and told me straight-up: “Eric, don’t you ever dare judge people based on their appearances, and whether they are black, white, or asian. They are human beings, and deserve our respect. You receive the energy you give out……

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Find out What to Photograph, Not How | Eric Kim

As a photographer, you are nothing but a subject-selector. You are a filter. You take in reality through your eyes, and you determine what you find interesting enough (or important enough) to photograph. Technical details— like aperture, shutter-speed, ISO, etc are all (mostly) done by the camera. Eventually we will reach a day when we will never have to worry about any technical details. However what will still be important 2,000 years from now? What to photograph. What is meaningful to you? I think most of us started off photography quite simply. We might have started taking photos on our smartphones to document family gatherings, or snapshots during travel. We might have picked up photography as a way to express ourselve…….

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Reduce | Eric Kim

In today’s world we are overwhelmed with distractions. Imagine the sirens from “The Odyssey” reaching out at you, trying to lure you into the water (to your untimely death), with their beautiful voices. The “sirens” we have in today’s digital age are advertisements, text messages, emails, phone calls, tweets, Instagram posts, and any other form of “social media” online. The last few weeks I have been trying my best to “cleanse” myself and to prevent myself from being distracted. I almost became a bit of a hermit— rarely turning on my phone (unless Cindy yelled at me to do something on the phone), and tried to see with how little technology and how little of the internet I could get by with. And how did life go on? Surprisingly well……..

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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Photography is Escapism | Eric Kim

I was driving on the freeway (the 5) and had a random thought: The last week or so, I’ve stayed with Cindy in (very boring) Orange County. For those of you who have never been here; imagine eating all of your food without salt. Everything is flat— rarely do you see clouds, the sun is steady and harsh, the air is dry, and on every other block you see a car dealership. It seems the only way people have fun down here is going to the mall, buying a new BMW, or getting drunk at the local bar (or getting fat eating out). Yet regardless of how boring this place is— I’ve had the time of my life. Why? ……….

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Be a Creator, Not a Consumer | Eric Kim

I love to buy shit. It makes me feel great. I feel cooler, handsomer, sexier, more powerful, and more important. I always feel that if I just bought “X” I would become happier. For example, if I bought a Leica, I would feel more “creative”, “inspired”, and become a better photographer. Not only that, but I would be more “respected” if I had a Leica. Underestimate how much joy material things will bring us. I know that we need some material things to survive. If you live in a suburb, it is preferable to own a car. If you work in the tech industry, it is preferable to own a smartphone. If you have children, having labor-saving devices are preferable. In “Thinking Fast, and Slow” psychologist Daniel Kahneman warns us— we should always under-estimate how much joy a material possession will bring us, because sooner or later— we will “adapt” to the joy it brings us………

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Book Review: The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson | Eric Kim

Wow— where do I even begin? I would say that “The Decisive Moment” by Cartier-Bresson is one of the most beautiful photo books I have ever handled— and it is a book that brings me extreme joy and happiness (you can see all the photos from the book for free on the MagnumPhotos website here). Sure I have seen many of these photos by Cartier-Bresson before, but to see them in a physical manifestation is a different experience. Not only that, but the original version of “The Decisive Moment” was nearly impossible to get (second-hand copies before the reprint were around $1000+). However now with this re-print by Steidl, “The Decisive Moment” is now open to everybody…….

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Video Review of the Fujifilm X100T for Street Photography | Eric Kim

I recently put together a “real-world” review of the Fujifilm X100T for street photography (which you can read here). I also wanted to record a video of some of my thoughts of the X100T (I really like it), and some of the settings, functions, aesthetic differences of the camera. In my opinion it is the best “bang-for-the-buck” camera for street photography on the market right now, and a great companion if you want to upgrade to a smaller body…….

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Fuji X100T

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17 (More) Lessons Henri Cartier-Bresson Has Taught Me

I recently picked up a copy of “The Mind’s Eye” – which is a great compilation of thoughts and philosophies Henri Cartier-Bresson wrote. Aperture published this great volume (as they are an amazing non-profit dedicated to promoting photography, education, and great ideas). Ever since I have been back home, I have been dedicating more of my energy, attention, and focus to great photography books – and trying to distill the information. I’ve learned all of these great lessons personally– and I want to share that information with you. Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the first street photographers who deeply inspired my photography and work. Of course– whenever you Google “Street photography” he is always the photographer that comes up the first (then the fact that he shot with a Leica camera, which takes a lot of photographers, including myself, down a rabbit hole of wanting to purchase a Leica camera to get great shots like him)……..

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Leica M-P 240

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