- Anyone can take a good photograph.
- A good photograph can be anything, or nothing.
- Take photographs for yourself, not for anyone else.
- Your photo shall be more interesting than reality after you put the four edges around it.
- Less is more, at least in its appearances.
- Simplicity is the most complicated thing.
- Have the ability to distinguish between a photograph and a photo montage.
- However, a photograph can never be “real”.
- Instruct your tools, don’t let your tools instruct you.
- The key to good photo editing, is to make it visually ‘better’, while believable.
- Gain control over as many steps of the process as possible.
- You have a choice on not to do certain things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to do it.
- Smile and make everyone else around you comfortable and photogenic.
- Don’t let your cameras sit there and collect dust.
- Unless you’re looking for a specific look, never settle for inferior film and chemical.
- Everything changes minute after minute, except for those in a photograph.
- A photograph is one of the few evidence for anything or any moments ever existed, the way they visually did.
- Street photography is not supposed to make fun of people.
- Photography is a craft, therefore I am a craftsman.
- Capturing the moment is only half the battle, presentation of the photo is equally important.
- A photograph does not have any narrative ability, they do not talk to you. It only describe lights on surface. The rest is just your imagination. You only see what you wanted to see, and hear what you wanted to hear.
- Film is high fidelity “hi-fi”, it’s only “lo-fi” when one failed to extract it qualities, otherwise done purposely.
- Film is highly predictable, it only limits by ones knowledge.
- Having a ‘bad’ photo is better than having no photo.
- Hard drive failure occurs more often than negative failure.
- Your tools are only as good as you can be.
- Resolution, “Megapixels”, bokeh, and sharpness can be irrelevant to a great photo.
- It’s always more fun to trick your gears to do what you wanted them to do.
- Every camera is a witness of time, and those broken ones deserves a second chance.
- Most people do not know what is good, and most people like to be reassured (told) that something is good.
- Look closer, and then vice versa.
- If film photography is not practical these days, so is painting and drawing.
- If having a camera makes you a photographer, well are you a writer because you have a pen? or a chef because you have a stove?
- Magical cameras do not exist.
Will be periodically updated as thoughts come to mind, but will anybody ever understands what I am talking about?
14 thoughts on “Philosophy”
Most of them are so true, not only for photography but to life in general 😉 xx
You are probably the first person to find out this somewhat new page. 🙂
I’m very good at digging good stuff from nowhere 😀 :p hehe
Thank you for that. And I was looking at your blog earlier I can tell I will have fun following yours.
thank you so much!!! xxxx
I love your approach/philosophy towards photography, I agree with most of the points you mentioned.
Also, I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m really glad I found it, your pictures really speak to me.
Thank you, I am glad you agree with me!
Well said and once again I totally agree with “Simplicity is the most complicated thing” as my number one.
I am glad my friend, I am very glad.
Love these, especially “It only describe lights on surface. The rest is just your imagination. You only see what you wanted to see, and hear what you wanted to hear”, “a bad photo is better than having no photo” and definitely “street photography is not supposed to make fun of people”!
I am glad you agreed to some of the stuff I said!
“A photograph does not have any narrative ability, they do not talk to you. It only describe lights on surface. The rest is just your imagination. You only see what you wanted to see, and hear what you wanted to hear.”
So true, thank you for sharing this.
“If film photography is not practical these days, so is painting and drawing.”
And I guess I’ve never seen it that way, but this must be the most beautiful and simplest way to answer the always recurrent question of ‘why shoot film in the digital age?’
Most of all I enjoy that you have a philosophy about this at all.
Yeah I come up with random thoughts here and there, I thought, why not write this down, maybe someone else would feel the same. And I am glad you do on some of them!