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Video: On Fear, Photography Books and Asking Yourself Why You Take Pictures


The folks over at F8 Photography recently got a chance to sit down with well-known, love-him-or-hate-him street photographer Eric Kim. And whatever your opinion of the successful street shooter, the advice he offers in this short video interview about fear, book recommendations, and figuring out the ‘why’ behind your photography is well-worth 4 minutes of your Saturday.

In the short video, Kim runs through some of his most important ‘Aha!’ moments.

He describes the fear he first felt when he started shooting, and why he thinks fear is important; he gives three fantastic book recommendations that changed the way he looked at “getting the shot,” explaining why it’s books and not gear that are the better investment for photographers; and he discusses the importance of asking yourself “why do I shoot?”


Check out the video at the top to see it for yourself, and then take some time this Saturday to answer that last question for yourself.

In fact, if you’re brave enough, drop your answer in the comments. Why do you take pictures? Is it for the likes? For recognition? For money? Because life takes on new meaning and purpose when seen through a viewfinder? Let us know.

Image credits: Photograph by Eric Kim, used under creative commons license.