Some thoughts on Social Media

Good things---- things that are true. Things that are "real" are so elusive. It is especially in the social media platform like Facebook. With the hypes of political election or rising fashion of Pokemon Go, I see most people (including me sometimes) post craps that don't matter or even just they are "trendy" that is clearly aiming to get more "likes", that I can see they are not sincere at all....it is, I must say, depressing most of the times.

As a small business owner it is important for me to ride along the fashion trend---But as an artist, I cannot--- It is essential to be real and searching for the "truth" behind the image in the mirror. It is in fact a forever journey of challenge... Now, you DON'T have to "comment" or "like" this post. I'm just speaking my mind here, asserting that I exist right this moment, staying true to myself, and I am going to strive and STRIVE to create something that eventually matter to this world. If I could ever achieve that goal, the rest of things don't matter here.

 "Stay"        © Ko Zushi Photography, 2015

"Stay"        © Ko Zushi Photography, 2015

A Quick tip for Bride & Groom

It looks like a lot of fantastic weddings are coming up this summer. I have a wedding to shoot as well. Here are some advice I can give to those who are attending the weddings. 

Phone & camera during ceremony

  Photo by Nora & Troy at   Aurora-Photography.com   Made with permission.

Photo by Nora & Troy at Aurora-Photography.com  Made with permission.

It is strange that this advice is coming from me, because I as a photographer have nothing against taking street photos by cheap phone cameras. However,  I also know how disgraceful the wedding is going to look with the sight of cellphone paparazzi guests, and they DISTRACT and DISTRESS the professional photographer who are actually hired to take photos. Wedding ceremony is a holy act. It should be respected and perceived by the silence and your EYES & HEART.

Here are few cute & graceful ways to kindly let your guests know about phone/camera restrictions.

- Make an entrance sign.
- Include the notes or the sign in your invitation & program
-Ask the officiant to make an announcement
-Let flower girls carry the simple signs

 Entrance sign model can be something like this. ***Example made by  Ko Zushi Photography

Entrance sign model can be something like this. ***Example made by Ko Zushi Photography

  Photo by Tyree Photography. Made with permission.

Photo by Tyree Photography. Made with permission.

Positivity is key for fruitful communication. Encourage your partner often, and let kindness override criticism. 

This principal can apply not only the wedding but also for the marriage itself. Wedding planning can be pretty stressful for bride & gloom, but after all it is the first event a couple together will remember for the rest of their life.  So once the ceremony starts make sure to stay in PRESENT TOGETHER. Have a happy wedding!

 " You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. " - Walter Hagen

"You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. " - Walter Hagen

"Nobody Cares About Your Photography"

"Nobody cares about your photography. Nobody cares about your art. With the modern technology we have, why even bother hiring a photographer?  We can just take selfies with the iPhone or decent cameras, it'll get me far more 'likes' on Facebook"
 
 "Zootopia"

"Zootopia"

 "Modern People"

"Modern People"

Yep, sounds about correct, right? Sounds like a bitter truth? I mean it is the same remark: "who wants to go out to the live performance of Shakespeare when you can stay home and watch you tube video on my iPhone for free?'  In fact, the world doesn't need any more Artists. It doesn't need anymore musicians, writers, filmmakers, artists or actors either. We have enough. Its over-saturated on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube." 

 "No ho"

"No ho"


BUT....

The world does need the true art. we always need something that does matters....in fact our culture....no, the world's SURVIVAL is DEPENDENT on works that matters.

Take Steve Job for example. He started in his home garage, building computers that leads to the iPhone we have today. Do you think people really care about his work at the time? No. Even when his work is becoming known, he refused to abide what people want him to do. His paraphrased quote says, 

"You can't rely on knowing what people want. You have to be able to show them what they need." - Steve Job

As a result of his years of struggle, we have Apple products THAT MATTER TO THE WORLD TODAY.
What Steve Job has achieved is not something you can make it happen over night or couple days. What he achieved is no Viral Video or winning the popularity likes on Facebook.....To create something THAT MATTERS by pushing one's limit in spite of his/her uncertainty is not an easy thing to do. Only those who have the passion and courage to take their action can eventually create something that maters to the world, and that is no different in the world of photography or in any field of arts. 

  "Unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art."   - Sally Mann

I love my family. I love real arts and real artists. I love and hate people on streets in this world. That is why it is crucial for me to keep creating something that matters in the world of photography. As matter of fact photography is an extension of my passion towards all types of true arts. Whether it is Theatre, film, music or martial arts. It is my way of capturing and preserving the important moments of Life and art, considering those true moments DO matter to a person, to people, or to the WHOLE WORLD in the future. 

Granted, "Nobody cares about your work." now, but the world surely needs works that matter. So what am I to do now?


 

 "Tout Va Bien"

"Tout Va Bien"