Journal

Introspection vs Extrospection

The construction of a concept of self, and our perception of that self is a complicated and confusing issue, at least for me. Some of the world’s philosophies say that at our core, we have no innate self, only an […]

The Joy of Missing Out

When I first thought of the topic and name of this post, I was unaware that there is a book with the same name, which I have not read. I only discovered it because I googled my title to see […]

Information Obsession

I wrote this several weeks ago and forgot to publish it. As usual, I have been sitting around thinking too much about things lately. Several topics have been regularly crossing my mind: resuming my meditation/zen/mindfulness/whatever practice, practicing drawing, how to […]

Product vs Process

I’ve recently decided to start practicing drawing (again). For me to say ‘again’ is a bit questionable because I feel like nearly every time I have drawn in the past, I was aiming to create a specific work, such as […]

I Hate Perfectionism

“I am fucking sick of perfectionism,” was all I could think to write after frustratedly scribbling over the previous page of neatly written cursive in my notebook. I’m sure my frustration came from several sources, but in this moment the […]

How to Improve Your Sense of Direction

I’ll start this post with a few of my experiences and then give concrete tips at the end. When I was a kid, my dad used to always ask me what direction was North when we were in the car. […]

Suffering, Connection, and Realness

I have had a contentious relationship with social media for many years, but my initial experience was very positive. When I was young (around middle school), I liked to use social media (DeviantArt, Myspace, etc.) to connect and chat with […]

Why I Love GR Cameras

A simple and peaceful outer-life helps to balance out my chaotic inner-life, and a GR is the perfect camera for this. A GR is pure simplicity, utilitarianism, and minimalism in camera form – they added only what is necessary and designed a camera that is meant to be used, not stared at.

Mindfulness, Wellbeing, and Smartphones

Much of smartphone usage is essentially the opposite of mindfulness; we use smartphones specifically so we don’t have to face the boredom of the present moment, or because we want to engage with ‘something else’ that is not our present reality.

Reflection on Chinese Language Challenge

This has been a very long month, and I intend to keep this reflection short (for a change). In hindsight, I think a whole month language challenge may have been a bit too ambitious, but I ended up completing the […]

One Month Chinese Language Challenge

In my post One Week Digital Detox Reflection, I mentioned the possibility of doing a language-learning related challenge. As I am sure most of you who have read my posts are aware by now, I am not great at doing things […]

I Got Covid

I’m not writing this because getting covid is in any way unusual these days, but it’s noteworthy for me because I’ve been waiting so long and it’s finally happened! By now it has been almost a week since my first […]

Mediocrity

I am becoming acutely aware of the mediocrity of my photos. Earlier today (at the time of writing) I was thinking about how a lot of my recent blog posts are unrelated to photography (or only tangentially related), even though […]

One Week Digital Detox Reflection

I started to draft this on Tuesday even though my digital detox will not end until Thursday. This is partially because I have already taken so many notes that I think it will take me a lot of time to […]

Digital Detox

Lately I’ve found myself being too influenced by technology, other people, and my perceptions surrounding these things, whether it be through social media, text messaging, or whatever else. This influence may come in the form of self-comparison, praise/criticism, others’ expectations […]

2-Week Update on Not Using Instagram

I guess technically it has been 13 days, so not exactly 2 weeks, since I deleted my Instagram accounts, but whatever, I’m just going to write this short reflection today because I have the time and motivation, and tomorrow will […]

Language Learning

Although this site is primarily focused on photography, I find it a bit funny that I have essentially not even mentioned language learning, which is an even bigger interest/hobby of mine than photography and has impacted my life in major […]

Isolation

I’m starting to realize that the reason my Instagram and social media usage has grown more problematic recently is because I’ve been using digital interaction as a substitute for real face-to-face interaction. When I think back on living in Hawaii, […]

On Being Profound

I get the feeling that a lot of people have a strong desire to be seen as deep/profound/special in some way, myself included, but on some level this has always bothered me (both seeing it in myself and in others). […]

Lack of Self-Control

Last night was the first decent night of sleep I’ve had in a while, in terms of sleep quality, not the number of hours. On weeknights I usually fall asleep sometime between 11pm and 1am and wake up at 7am […]

The Way I Take Photos

A lot of times when people ask me why I take the type of photos that I do (photos of random people/objects, mostly black and white), I reply saying something like: I just randomly take photos of whatever looks interesting […]

Positionality and Personalism

One thing that that really stuck in my mind from graduate school was the importance of being aware of one’s positionality (background, race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.) and biases in order to account for them when conducting or interpreting research. […]

On Cameras and Intentionality

I’m beginning to write this post with only a vague idea and no clear outline, so we’ll see how this goes. My plan is for it to be a relatively short post, but I can sometimes be a bit long-winded. […]

Silence

Several years ago, I read the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. Around the same time I also read Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Thich Nhat Hanh, so my memory may possibly be […]

Asking Strangers to Take Their Photo

A couple weeks ago I decided that during my hiatus from posting on social media, I wanted to undertake some kind of project or personal challenge. Initially I was trying to think of a ‘thematic project’ or something like that, […]

Analysis Paralysis

If there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s analyzing everything to death. This can be a useful skill for solving problems, being a student, doing research, figuring out new ways to do things, managing finances, etc. But it […]

Feedback and People-pleasing

Something I (and I’m sure many others) have struggled with is caring too much what other people think. It can be difficult to find a balance because, on one hand, humans are social animals and much of the things we […]

On Saying Nothing

What is it that compels (some of) us to get into arguments with others, especially online, over trivial bullshit? I have gotten myself worked up countless times arguing with people, both online and in-person, and I can’t say it has […]

Taking a Break from Social Media

I’ve had a contentious relationship with social media for a long time, but it wasn’t always that way. Initially when I started using Myspace, Facebook, and DeviantArt in the 2000s, I really liked the platforms because they allowed me to […]

On Photographic Perception

Earlier today I posted a story on Instagram about this photo that I took in Kaohsiung in 2018. It is an image of a wall that I saw while wandering around on the streets. I have no idea what the […]

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