Photography Journal

A summary of all the journal entries I’ve written around photography, my inspirations, successes, and failures.

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The 5 Second Rule

Jun 11, 2018(edit)

My latest experiment involves Habitica. It is a productivity app that is a role playing game. When you complete habits, daily tasks, and to-dos, you get points and progress through level–just like in a video game. You could also join groups (called guilds) and play together… View More

First Prize - Overlea ArtsFest 2018

Jun 2, 2018(edit)

This Old House won 1st Prize at the Overlea ArtsFest! I was ecstatic when it was announced. I’ve been shifting my focus this year to local art events in Baltimore. It’s important to support and participate within the community. Thank you to the organizers and the volunteers of this wonderful event.… View More

Errors and Art

May 29, 2018(edit)

Admitting that you are wrong is hard. That happened at my day job this week. I was working on an analysis, finalized, and circulated it. A week later, someone pointed out an error. A huge error. My analysis was reviewed by multiple people, but the error still got through. I felt really really bad.… View More

The 4 Tendencies

May 14, 2018(edit)

You know how you set up goals, write down a detailed implementation plan, and thenäó_you don’t do them? That’s me in my studio. At the beginning of 2017, I spelled out goals which I didn’t do. In 2018, I said I was going to focus on habits instead of goals. It’s now May, and I haven’t… View More

Finding My Way Back

May 5, 2018(edit)

I got lost again with my artwork around the summer of last year. And I’m having a hard time to get into it again. So the first thing I did was clean my studio, which consists of areas in my house: The Den The den is where I do most of my indoor shooting. I shoot against that blank wall on the… View More

2018 Non-Goals

Jan 31, 2018(edit)

Last year I set out art related goals that I didn’t meet. I only met one of them. Goals just doesn’t work for me. I set a goal, specify concrete tasks on how I’m going to meet them, establish a schedule, and thenäó_I don’t do them. Maybe my goals are too long term. I can’t sustain the momentum… View More

2017 Year End Review

Dec 31, 2017(edit)

So at the beginning of the year, I set out goals that I wanted to complete by year end. How did I do? 1. Finish Part III of A Million Suns by December 31 2. Double my Newsletter Subscribers by December 31, 2017 3. Exhibit in 3 Group Shows Finish Part III of A Million Suns by December 31 I… View More

Chinese Art, Two Museums

Dec 12, 2017(edit)

I was in New York for a day trip this past weekend to check out the Fuji GFX medium format camera. I’ve been obsessed with this camera for weeks, so I wanted to see how it actually felt in my hands. It fit perfectly. I think a GFX is in my near future.… View More

First Prize - Johns Hopkins Exhibition

Dec 8, 2017(edit)

Sleep won 1st prize at the 8th Annual National Arts Program Exhibition at Johns Hopkins Hospital! The exhibition started December 13, 2017 and is on until February 7, 2018. If you’re near Baltimore, make sure to stop by and see the 300+ entries in the exhibition hall of the Miller Research Building.… View More

2017 Holiday Print Sale!

Nov 8, 2017(edit)

Grab these two limited edition cyanotype prints at the website. The sale is on until January 9, 2018. [koken_photo label=”calinawan-viewmaster.jpg” id=”149” media_type=”image” caption=”both” link=”none”]… View More

Tibet with an iPhone

Oct 13, 2017(edit)

Panoramas impart a sense of space that one camera image, using a normal lens, is unable to do. It’s incredible what the iphone can do, and it fits in my pocket. Of course, panoramas suffer from perspective distortions, especially if there are elements in the foreground. It’s very apparent with… View More

Altered Realities at MAP

Oct 4, 2017(edit)

Three pieces from A Million Suns are included in the Altered Realities Group show right here in my hometown of Baltimore! Drop me a line if you want to meet up. The show runs to November 4 at Maryland Art Place.… View More

In Transit Exhibition

Sep 4, 2017(edit)

Thank you to curator Rachel Brask for selecting my work for this upcoming show at VETS Gallery with Art League Rhode Island. This exhibition will run September 8 äóñ November 26, 2017, with an opening reception and awards held on Thursday, September 28, 5:30-8pm. The VETS Gallery is located at… View More

“I’m Just Not Creative” Says the Robot

Aug 3, 2017(edit)

There was an article on hyperallergenic this past week entitled Humans Prefer Computer-Generated Paintings to those at Art Basel. The article talked about a Rutgers study where researchers mixed up paintings made by Artificial intelligence (AI) and by Abstract Expressionist painters and asked… View More

What is An Artist Mindset?

Jul 27, 2017(edit)

In this blog, I always talk about the artist mindset. I contend that if you adopt the artist mindset at work, you get better job performance and fulfillment. Work will never be perfect. If it were fun, then it wouldn’t be a job. What does it mean to have an artist mindset? You don’t know where… View More

Creating Habits to Realize Your Dreams

Jul 19, 2017(edit)

In my quest for productive habits in my studio this year, I’ve read a lot of books on how to create and sustain habits. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg is one of the best books I’ve found on the subject. A habit has three components: the trigger or… View More

Formal Quality of An Artwork

Jul 13, 2017(edit)

Before art school I’ve never heard of this phrase: formal quality. “Formal” refers to the visual building blocks of piece of art that you are looking at. Form starts with dot, which when it moves leaves a line, which when it closes onto itself completes a shape. Form also includes things… View More

Mid Year Review 2017

Jul 5, 2017(edit)

How about you? How are you doing with your goals?… View More

Perfect In Its Imperfections

Jun 28, 2017(edit)

[[insertimage id=1531]] I just finished reading Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. I loved it. One thing that I had to get used to though, as I was reading the book, was the language. It was so dense and convoluted. The language reminded me of one of my photographic influences, Julia Margaret… View More

Following The Threads of Your Heart

Jun 14, 2017(edit)

Before The Fall, recently released on amazon video and other streaming services, is a gay version of Pride & Prejudice. It’s worth a watch. Pride & Prejudice is a timeless love story written by Jane Austen over 200 years ago. It features two people from opposite sides of the social… View More

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