When I first got into film photography it was through a friend who was obsessed with the Lomography brand and ethos. To find out more I watched a lot of Youtube videos, the best of which were by Mijonju. Through Mijonju I found Digital Rev and Kai, and they introduced me to Eric Kim, the most prolific blogger on photography on the web. The photos in this article are photos I've been inspired to take through his writing.
I really recommend you subscribe to Eric's blog. It's always upbeat and insightful, and most often deals with photography and life, as opposed to most other blogs which are most often about gear and, well... more gear.
Here are 3 things I've learnt from watching Eric's videos and reading his blog and books.
Good Photography is about life - Eric writes as much about his life, philosophy, diet, business, wife, family and coffee as he does about photography. Which is an amazing reflection of his photography. Photos about photography are pretty boring, but great photos always echo the photographer's life. Photography is inevitably realist, and Ansel Adams said "There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer". It's that communication that makes photography so engaging. So now I try to take as many good photos about my life, my family, my routine, my home city, and my philosophy as I can.
Gear Shmear - Eric shoots amazing photos with a compact digital camera. His ethos of choosing gear is all about portability and results, saying that you're more likely to take your camera everywhere if it's small and simple to shoot. He shoots in "P" mode, letting the camera do a lot of the technical work so he can concentrate on composing a great, emotive shot. He's not a luddite though, and often tries out new gear, but his reviews are very much about how a camera could work for someone, rather than the technical one-up-ism of the mainstream photography press. He coined the phrase "Mo' megapixels, mo' problems", a motto I live by.
Shoot personal photos - Some my favourite photos from Eric are of his wife, Cindy. The connection between them permeates each photo. When my kids were born my wife and I decided that we wouldn't publish pictures of their faces on the internet. That was just for us. While Rachael was taking amazing alternative portraits of the kids, I just didn't take photos of them, because, well, if no one was going to see them what was the point? Eric's writing and photography made me question why I take photos and why I should be taking photos. My kids are now my favourite subjects, but most of those photos, are just for me, my family, and for them, when they're older.
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Eric, if you're reading this, thank you, and keep up the amazing work.